Last week, July 11-14, was Men’s Fashion Week here in New York City — and luckily, I got to experience it firsthand!
As I’ve said before, I’m completing a summer internship at a fashion public relations firm and work with the men’s fashion team. I have experience in men’s apparel from Nordstrom, where I interned and worked for the past year, so I felt totally prepared for this role. As a men’s fashion intern, I also got to attend (by that I mean wear all black and work during) a few shows at NYFW, which was completely amazing.
My tasks included checking in guests, escorting VIPs to their seats, assisting at the door, and basically helping the account executives in any way possible. I found the guests interesting, and not only because of what they decided to wear (pink hair, bright orange suit, etc.). Ironically enough, the “VIP” guests showed grace, authenticity, and kindness, even to me, a lowly PR intern escorting them to their seat. One VIP was given a Standing Room Only ticket instead of Front Row (something most would not be happy about), and as I sorted the issue, he treated me with more respect and kindness than any other guest had that day.
On the other hand, I couldn’t believe the amount of people without any validation claiming their names were on the list, prepared to fight me or whoever necessary to get past the checkpoint. The shows are pretty exclusive, but I have to give it to them — these people were creative, fabricating stories, texts, or emails from “legitimate” contacts with invites.
I’ve dreamt of experiencing a NYFW runway show since I knew what they were, so you could say I enjoyed it. The models, sets, and music came together in an incredible and almost magical way. After seeing the John Elliott and Rochambeau shows, my commitment to a fashion career solidified. I have to come back for women’s NYFW in the fall!
Here are a few pictures I snagged at the Rochambeau SS17 show: