Why I’m Glad My First Fashion Show Wasn’t New York Fashion Week
Buy a plane ticket. Take time off work. Find a hotel. Make a schedule. Google what in the world to wear. A few years back, this is what you would have to do if you wanted to sit in the audience of the only reputable fashion show around. Now? Not so much.
New York Fashion Week isn't the must-attend-to-know-what's-going-on-in-fashion event it once was. Designers are opting to do something in their own timeframe and space, and other cities are creating their own shows for local designers that are just as popular.
That's why I was so excited to get an invite to the local designers night at Denver Fashion Week back in March. It was, for starters, my first official fashion show ever (I've made it to the big leagues, Mom!) and it also gave me a glimpse into what local shows have to offer. Here's three things that made my night a success and why you should buy a ticket to the next show near you:
The atmosphere is less overwhelming. There's no paparazzi hoard right outside hoping to catch the best street style photos, you'll feel more comfortable (and can focus on why you're actually there) in a setting you're used to and there's no pressure to wear designer labels. When I Googled what to wear to Denver Fashion Week, the response I found was: wear whatever you are comfortable in, just know that some people do dress up. Can it get any better than that?
You’ll discover local designers and shops you can support. More and more great local shops are popping up every day. Rather than focus on what only the biggest stores are offering, these shows opt for what's most unique and note-worthy in the community around you. Denver's Topping Designs, Tyne Hall, Rachel Marie Hurst, Steve Sells, Night by Charlie Price and Stevie Boi were on the runway the night I attended.
It's fun! Don't be surprised if the night's MC makes jokes or calls out people in the audience and designers tell you the inspiration behind their designs while sitting on the floor, like they are talking to their best friend.
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