I’m still in shock that I was able to sit front row at the NYFW Irina Vitjaz Fall/Winter 2017 show. A fashion blogger friend of mine was exhausted and needed to take a break from the madness that is fashion week for a night. She offered me her ticket and I of course jumped at the chance to go. To be really honest, I’ve never been the type to REALLY WANT to go to NYFW. But I certainly won’t pass on the opportunity to do so. I admire countless fashion bloggers with incredible style and love following their blogs and social media for daily doses of style inspo. I’ve just never really felt like my style was good or cool enough to document via my blog and social media. However, I’ve decided that I really want to share more of my personal style this year and I hope you’ll enjoy seeing more of that content on here.
Overall, I found the experience to be incredibly inspiring and now I’m one of those girls who REALLY WANTS to go to NYFW again next year. There were so many elegant gowns that I could see myself wearing on a very special occasion. I especially fell in love with the sparkly gowns with bell sleeves as they lit up the entire room. I also love how she incorporated floral patterns into many of the pieces because I personally love wearing floral dresses in the spring and summer. The models had natural makeup looks and their hair was styled into soft, loose waves. It all felt very romantic and elegant. Here’s what I learned from my first NYFW experience…
1. Arrive early
I had no idea what to expect when I arrived at Skylight Clarkson. Hello deer in the highlights. I arrived about a half hour before show time and there was already a line, but I was still toward the front. Going to NYFW alone was a bit out of my comfort zone, so arriving early helped to settle my nerves. Arriving early also gets you indoors sooner and out of the cold, winter situation outside.
2. Prepare to stand around for awhile
I had to stand outside in line for a good 15-20 minutes. Once I got inside, I was able to move toward the front as I had an assigned seat. After the staff scanned my ticket, I walked toward Gallery One and stood there for another 30 minutes or so. Thankfully, I wasn’t wearing heels.
3. The shows don’t start on time
I thought the show would start promptly at 8:00pm, but that was definitely not the case. I wasn’t looking at my watch when the show actually started, but I think it’s safe to say that it started around 9:00pm. A whole hour after it was supposed to start…
4. It’s all about the angles
Sitting front row allows you to get the best shots, but it’s all about the angles in which you take the shots. It’s a bit tricky to explain as I’m not a professional photographer, but you have to aim your phone from below as if you’re looking up at the model from a lower height. If you take the photo straight on like normal, the lighting will be completely off.
5. You can move to the front row if you’re lucky
Apparently my assigned seat didn’t exist as there was no “M” section. The staff told me there was a mistake with a few of the tickets and told me I could sit in the back row. The seats weren’t filling up quickly and the show was already starting quite late. Therefore, I was told I could move closer to the front. Obviously, I made a beeline for the front row and shortly after, the Irina Vitraz Fall/Winter 2017 show started among a full-house.