Starting this week in New York, the fashion industry begins its four-city marathon known as Fashion Month. Sure, nobody is curing cancer, but the designers, editors, models, photographers, interns, etc. work much harder and withstand more pressure than the outside world is willing or able to acknowledge.
Having several Fashion Week's under my belt, I have come to know the following ten truths:
1. There is a very fine line between street style, and looking like Becky Bloomwood.
No disrespect to Becky Bloomwood.
2. Models work harder than you think.
During Fashion Month, their hours rival that of an investment banker.
3. Publicists are people, too.
Try swearing off sleep for weeks and then keeping your patience when an another anonymous fashion student throws a fit about being in Standing.
4. The general public cannot just "get tickets" to a fashion show.
This is not a Ricky Martin concert.
5. Wearing sunglasses at a show is only acceptable for a very select few.
No offense, but if you're in the fifth row wearing your Céline Teddy's, people may think you just had laser eye surgery.
6. Assistants make the world go round.
Then after the show it's the after party... and after the party it's the... office. Until 2am.
7. Not all bloggers are "peacocks."
Some are. But many, namely Leandra Medine and Emily Weiss, are incredibly talented entrepreneurs.
8. You may think fashion is silly, but there's no escaping it unless you take a cue from Adam and Eve and forgo clothing forever.
As Miranda Priestly would say, "...it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of stuff."
9. A 5-minute runway production makes it look effortless.
But really, months of blood, sweat, and tears, went into that collection.
10. Fashion is a business. Period.
For many, it is simply work. It is not a carnival (although some people hanging by the fountains in Lincoln Center look like they're about to hop on that Tilt-a-Whirl). So keep it professional, people.
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