Fashion Week Questions and Answers

How did you have the opportunity to volunteer for Fashion Week?

I went into detail about how I got involved in Fashion Week here, but the opportunity came about when I learned that my sister’s friend was looking for volunteers. The position was through IMG, the company that produces Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, though there are a lot of other ways to get involved. Individual designers always need interns, but if you are looking to only work during Fashion Week, you can apply to be a volunteer through IMG’s website.

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Were you intimidated since you had no prior experience?

Absolutely! I had no idea what to expect; I had a general idea of what I’d be doing, but I didn’t know my full responsibilities until the morning of the first fashion show. I was under the impression that I would simply be escorting guests from the lobby to each venue—I actually never did that once while I was there! Before the first show, I was alerted that I would be working as a venue manager, alongside three other volunteers. I knew that I would be able to handle the job, but the three other volunteers had worked previous fashion shows, so they had a better idea of what to expect. After working a few shows, I quickly got the hang of things and was no longer nervous.

Do you think you would have had a negative experience if you were given a lower position?

Because I was fully expecting to be given the grunt work, I think I would have had a positive experience, no matter what I was doing. I was so thankful to even have the opportunity to go to Fashion Week, especially after seeing how exclusive of an event it is. Initially, I felt guilty that I hadn’t worked my way up to my position, but then I realized that someone took a chance on me and I proved my capability. One afternoon, I missed two shows (more on that later) and another volunteer filled in as a venue manager. Some of the other volunteers were asking for a more advanced position, so I was well aware that I could have easily been replaced in my absence. However, when I returned, I was surprised to find that I was immediately given my position back. My “bosses” were able to see my attributes and I ended up exceeding their expectations. On the flip side, I would like to think that had I been given a lower position, I would have also stood out and shown that I could handle more responsibilities.

What did you wear all week?!

Black, black, and more black! Although I don’t tend to wear a lot of black, it actually made it pretty simple each day to pick out an outfit. It was freezing in all of the venues, so I typically wore a dress with a blazer and lots of jewelry. I had planned to take pictures of my outfits before I left for New York City, but I didn’t end up having a chance to do so. If there is enough interest, I’ll recreate my looks and post pictures. For the most part, I kept my outfits safe and conservative. The clothes I wore were relatively basic, but they might inspire those of you who have a strict dress code for work.

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Fun fact: my shoes were photographed eight different times the day I wore this outfit. I was so embarrassed because I’m sure my blisters looked awful!

What fashion shows did you see and which one was your favorite?

As I briefly mentioned in a previous post, I saw over 60 fashion shows.

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I was lucky enough to see almost all of the shows that took place at the Lincoln Center, with the exception of a few shows that were more of a presentation (in this case, the models would be “on display” for an hour and guests could walk around the venue, viewing the exhibit).

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While each designer’s collection was unique and brilliant in its own right, I fell in love with Luca Luca’s vibrant colors and simple detailing. What I loved most about the pieces was that they were all wearable—I would willingly pack each article of clothing with me on a trip to the Caribbean. Or a trip anywhere, for that matter.

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A few more posts about Fashion Week are still on their way!

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