One Year On…

Last weekend marked the one year anniversary of my first photo shoot as an independent freelance Stylist! This year has gone by so quickly and looking back over the past twelve months I cannot believe how much I have achieved and grown, both professionally and personally.

Setting up and running my own business as a creative freelance is definitely one of the most exciting and inspiring things I have ever done.  It has taught me so much about myself and allowed me to transform my life and create what I have always dreamed about.  Fashion Styling is something I really love and I feel so lucky that I get to spend every day working at something I am so passionate about.

This week I have gone back and had a look at all the shoots I have Styled in the past year and I feel so grateful for all the amazing opportunities that have come my way so far. I have traveled to different parts of Italy for shoots, I have worked for some incredible, international magazines, styled campaigns for some amazing fashion & lifestyle brands and I have worked with some really beautiful clothes!

I wanted to say thank you to all the extremely talented photographers, models, make-up artists, editors, brands and designers I have been lucky enough to work with in the past twelve months!  Each project has been amazing for it’s own reason and I cannot wait to see what we can produce in the next year.

I also wanted to share with you a few of my favorite photos that I Styled in the past year.  They are in no particular order and each one is special to me in a different way.

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Allegra Ghiloni _ Never Lazy

Allegra Ghiloni _ The Cube

Allegra Ghiloni _ Just Magazine

Allegra Ghiloni _ Tirade Magazine

Allegra Ghiloni _ Prestige International

Allegra Ghiloni _ Lost Girl

And to any girls reading this who are thinking about making changes and following their dreams (whether it be starting your dream career, traveling or doing something big) I hope this posts inspires you to take the leap!

To learn more about my Fashion Styling check out my website or say hello in the comments below. 

 

 

Becoming a Fashion Stylist – What to Bring With You to a Shoot…

Welcome back to another edition of Becoming a Fashion Stylist where I share with you the tips and tricks I have picked up while building my career as a Stylist.

Last time I shared my top tips so you can totally rock it when you start at your Styling Assistant Internship so this time I thought I would talk about what you need to bring with you to a photo shoot.

The secret to every Stylist’s success on set is her Styling Kit.  A Styling Kit is a collection of tools and products that a Stylist uses to make their outfits looks incredible in front of the camera.  I have two zippy bags filled with the essential pieces and I bring them with me to every shoot.  I don’t necessarily use everything in the kit on every shooting, but its important I always have them with me so I am prepared for any kind of wardrobe emergency.

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My Top Tools…

  • Lint Roller – to remove hair and fluff, especially from black outfits!
  • Travel Sewing Kit, Needles and Pins
  • Safety Pins – in a range of sizes
  • Scissors
  • Clips and Mini Clamps – for pinning the looks if they are too big for the model
  • Masking Tape & Double Sided Sticky Tape – to this so useful as everything needs to be perfectly in place in the photo.  Especially for sticking down shoe buckles, extra long belts and bag zip tags that have a tendency to flap
  • Shoe Horn
  • Black Apron – to keep everything on your person during shooting
  • Fish Wire & Thread
  • First Aid Products, Aspirin & Tampons – to never know when someone could get sick
  • Shoe Polish or a Shoe Buffer
  • Jewellery Cloth – to polish up the jewellery before shooting
  • Glasses Cleaning Solution – to clean up sunglasses lenses
  • Elastic Bands – to tie around coat hangers to identify looks on the rack
  • Q-Tips – great if you are shooting Still Life to put inside footwear to make the shoe look fuller.
  • Blue Tack – something always needs sticking
  • Nipple Petals
  • Nude Thongs
  • Black & Nude Socks
  • Gum
  • Hand Sanitizer, Mini-Perfume, Lipstick & Nail File

And I always bring some healthy snacks on set with me like nuts, rice cakes, fruit and cereal bars so I can keep my energy up all day.

Once you start working as a Styling Assistant its really important you begin building up your own Styling Kit to bring with you on set.  Your boss wont expect you to have a full kit straight away but she will appreciate it if you arrive prepared with the most important things.  It shows a committed attitude and means if she has to leave you alone on set, you have the tools you need if something goes down.  For extra points you can store it all in a cute zippy bag so you look fashionable and prepared.

Have any questions about starting out in Fashion Styling? I would love to hear in the comments below…

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My Milan Fashion Week Diary…

As the fashion world descends on Milan during fashion week, I always think the city comes alive with a special energy and buzz. Crowds of stylish girls chat over their expresso, models can been seen running from show to show, street-style photographers stand poised on every corner and A-List celebrities can be spotted strutting about town.

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(my look for day two of milan fashion week)

I knew I was going to be busy, so like a true Stylist, I began by planning all my outfits and getting my nails done at Bahama Mama – a beauty salon frequented by Milan’s coolest fashionistas, designers and bloggers. I also kitted out my handbag with everything I could possibly need like business cards, a portable phone charger, healthy snacks and ballerina pumps so I could survive my long days in the city.

I kicked everything off on Wednesday morning with the show of Genny. In true Italian style, attendee’s were welcomed with a breakfast of strong expresso and mini-pastries before filing in to take their seats. I really love Genny for their elegant and feminine style and their new collection was as fantastic as I expected. I saw references to the 1920’s, metallics, sequins and soft, tailored shapes. I loved it!

After that I ran over to the show of Kristina Ti. In Milan it seems everything starts ‘fashionably late‘ so even if two shows are scheduled to start one after the other, the chances are you can attend both as neither will start on time! Kristina Ti’s new collection showed girly retro prints, metallic details and jewel tones of raspberry, teal and red.

On Thursday I attended the show of Anteprima. I love this brand so much and always include looks from their collections when I shoot for big magazines. They are elegant and feminine but also have a really cool edge which I think is a great combination. The show was hosted inside the beautiful Palazzo Del Senato and when I arrived, bloggers and photographers were crowding the entrance taking snaps of the stylish guest arriving. Milanese girls are naturally so stylish and I saw designer handbags, oversized fur coats and towering heels galore. Anteprima’s new collection was beautiful. Classic, elegant styles were infused with retro, metallic details and strong colors of yellow, turquoise, purple and raspberry.

The rest of the afternoon was spend attending presentations. I saw new collections from accessories brands Santoni and Federica Berardelli and attended the Vogue Talents corner. Here young designers selected by Vogue are given a space to display their new collection. Its great for discovering the latest in new talents and having the opportunity to speak directly to the designers about their work. My favorites were colorful brands Anouki and Laurence & Chico.

Afterwards I had a much needed coffee before heading over to my last show – Byblos.

On Friday I checked out the newest addition to MFW, the Fashion Hub. Located in the cities new Porta Nuova district the Fashion Hub is the headquarters of fashion week. If you need anything from wifi, coffee, computers to phone chargers this is the place to go. There are even stands from L’Oreal and Mac where you can book a free make-over! Top young talents are selected to display their collections here so it is great to see up and coming brands. I fell in LOVE with accessories designer Gebede and their collection of jewel covered snakeskin bags and shoes. After that it was over to Palazzo Reale for the Uma Wang show.

Saturday saw my biggest celebrity show – Ermanno Scervino. The event was abuzz with paparazzi, bloggers and fashionistas and it seems its as much about who’s attending and what they are wearing as it is about the show. On the front row I saw Vogue Japan editor Anna Della Russo, famous Fashion Blogger Tamu McPherson and international superstar models Lucky Blue and Pyper America Smith! The atmosphere was electric and everyone was chatting and posing for photos on the runway before the show started. I was in love with the collection which included colorful fur, lace dresses and tweed twin-sets.

Fashion Week wrapped up on the Monday and I had the shows of Arthur Arbesser, San Andres and Lucio Vanotti. These designers are set to be the next big thing on the Italian fashion scene so I was really excited to see what they had to offer. Arthur Arbesser’s show was housed inside a warehouse in the urban zone of Via Tortona and showed retro influences in metallic gold, yellow velvet and bright blue. And Lucio Vanotti, who is said to be the next Giorgio Armani, showed beautiful minimal looks to a soundtrack of crashing waves.

Grazie mille Milan for an incredible fashion week!

Want to learn more about my adventures at Milan Fashion Week? Read my post The Hottest Places to Check Out During Fashion Week

 

Milan Fashion Week Survival Guide…

Fashion Week is nearly upon us here in Milan.  My schedule is filling up with cool events and presentations and I am getting really excited about what the week has in stall .  When I am not shooting, a lot of my schedule is spent working at home and online, so I love using Fashion Week as an opportunity to attend loads of events and shows around the city, visit cool exhibitions, check out new bars and catch up with people in town for the week.  I always think the city comes alive during Fashion Week and I love the energy and buzz that comes with that.

Saying that, the week can get pretty crazy running from event to event and I have learnt, that to maximize the weeks success and fun its important to be prepared.  Here is my tried and tested Survival Guide for having fun at Milan Fashion Week…

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Make Sure you Have all your Essentials Packed in Your Handbag.   Fashion week means being on the go all day and often into the night.  So if you want to make it to the end of the day without feeling (or looking) exhausted its important you stock up your handbag with essentials for all situations.  Think portable phone charger, healthy snacks, lipstick, facial powder, nail files, mini perfume and gum to name a few.

Buy Comfortable Shoes.  Pre-Fashion Week, invest in some shoes that are stylish but comfortable.  I literally cannot stress how important this is. You will be on your feet all day running from event to event and partying all night, so there isn’t time for painful shoes.  I have invested in a pairs of heels that are cute and comfortable and some really stylish brogues for when I need a day wearing flats!

Plan your Outfits in Advance.  Once you know your event schedule, take some time to plan out your outfits.  Make a space in your wardrobe and hang your outfits together in groups so you always know what you are going to be wearing.  As a Stylist I always do this when I have important events coming up and I can’t tell you how much time and stress it saves!

Take Time to Sit Down and Eat Lunch.  Food is one of the most important things in Italian culture and there are so many chic and tasty restaurants to try around the city.  Try to take at least half an hour out of the craze to sit down during lunch – your body will reward you by feeling more relaxed and energized during your afternoon events.  Some of my favorite healthy and tasty lunch sports around the city are Cascina Cuccagna, California Bakery, Fluid and Mantra Raw Vegan.  If taking a break for lunch is a bit of a stretch, pop back during aperitivo hour for a glass of prosecco and some tasty snacks.

Get beautiful nails at Bahama Mama I love matching my nails to my outfits but when I have a jam-packed schedule I don’t always have much time to devote to my beauty routine.  Bahama Mama is a super cool nail bar in Milan where you can get amazing manicures and pedicures in no time.  They even have a coffee and juice bar there so you can load up on tasty treats during your pamper session.

Got any of your own Fashion Week Survival Tips? Or have some cool bars, lunch spots or shopping places you love around Milan? I would love to hear about them in the comments below…

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Becoming a Fashion Stylist -Top Tips When Starting as an Assistant

Welcome to my third edition of Becoming a Fashion Stylist.  I took a little break from writing this feature over the holidays but now I am back in full force to share with you what I have learnt on my journey to becoming a Stylist.

Last time I spoke about how to bag yourself a fabulous internship as a Styling Assistant, so this time I thought I would share my top tips for how to totally rock it when you start.  Working in Fashion Styling is a totally amazing job however it can often be fast paced and stressful.  Your new boss will understand you are there to learn and you wont be expected to know all the tricks of the trade immediately.  However there are some things you can do from the go to make sure you start off shining.

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Tip One – Keep Quiet.

You are there to Assistant and though you may have just finished fashion school and be full of ideas, keep quiet on set and keep your opinions to yourself.  Unless your Head Stylist asks you for your opinion on something, keep you head down and get on with what you were asked to do.

Tip Two – Stay off your Phone.

Unless you are following something up your Head Stylist asked you to do, keep off your phone.  That means no Whats App, Phone Calls or Instagram while you are on set.  Its super important you are really focused on what is going on around you and always being on your phone gives the appearance of a bad attitude.

Tip Three – Always Be Professional.

You are super lucky to be working in a really cool environment, on an amazing location or in a state of the art studio.  Its high energy, there will be lots of people and lots going on at any one moment.  Its not like an office environment and can feel a lot less formal, however that doesn’t mean its ok to relax.  Even if the people around you are chatting and joking around as soon as its go-time everyone is focused and on point.  As an Assistant its important you are always prepared and ready to go.  Its ok to enjoy the day but always be professional and focused.

Tip Four – Be Respectful of the Hierarchy.

Working as an Assistant gives you have the opportunity to get experience at important shoots.  That means you might get to work alongside famous photographers, models or important clients.  As cool as that is, always remember they are more important than you and may not be interested in chatting or getting to know you.  You might think its a good opportunity to ‘network’ but always remember they are your bosses clients and its not cool to try and work your way up through them.  Of course if they speak to you that’s nice, but be polite, professional and respectful of the hierarchy.

Tip Five – Be on Time.

As the Assistant its super important you are there when your Head Stylist arrives so you can help her carry the clothes, unpack and set up.  Being late is never ok.  For extra bonus points arrive five to ten minuets early to make sure you are already there before your boss.

Tip Six – Be Prepared.

Once you start shooting its going to be a busy day and sometimes anything can happen.  It’s really important to be prepared and as the Assistant you have to organize all the things your Head Stylist doesn’t have time to think about.  Be prepared for all situations that may arise by having everything with you.  Phone chargers, water, snacks, your Styling Kit, and clips are all things you can bring with you to make sure you are prepared for every situation.

Tip Seven – Don’t Wait to be Told What to Do.

Its all hands on deck from the moment you arrive on set, so don’t stand around waiting to be told what to do.  Ask your Head Stylist what she needs help with and if she is busy speaking to the photographer or client get on with unpacking the suitcases, organizing the accessories and steaming the clothes.

Tip Eight – Don’t Try to Hide Your Mistakes.

You just started out so you are bound to make mistakes somewhere along the line.  I definitely did! Your Head Stylist will understand this, because everyone has to learn.  The important thing is how you deal with your mistakes.  Don’t try to cover them up or hide what you did.  Your Head Stylist will find out and she wont appreciate being kept in the dark.  Its much better to own up as soon as you realize your mistake and work together with your Head Stylist to fix everything quickly then move on.

And finally, enjoy it! You will be working in an amazing and inspirational environment.  Make the most of it and enjoy the experience!

Have any questions about starting out in Fashion Styling? I would love to hear in the comments below…

The Sartorialist Book Signing…

Yesterday I was lucky enough to meet Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist at his book signing in Milan.  I have long been a fan of his work and so was really excited when I heard he was coming to Milan yesterday.

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For those who are new to the fashion world, ten years ago fashion photographer Scott Schuman started a blog called The Sartorialist after feeling a strong disconnect between clothes he saw on the runway and what real people were wearing.  He travels around the world, mainly in Milan, New York, Paris and London, and searches the streets for people with unique personal style or that special wow-factor that separates them from the rest.  He photographs these people and posts the photos on his blog.  Some people he speaks to and shares their story, others he photographs from afar and captures their personal movements and emotions.  His work started off the now huge trend of Street Style and to appear on his blog is considered an honor in the fashion world.

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Yesterday’s book signing was for the launch of his third book ‘X’ which marks the past ten years of his career.  Alongside photographers of fashionista’s from around the globe, Schuman has also included a collection of photos of real people from India, Bhutan and Peru.  He focuses on their traditional style of clothing, the interesting colour combinations they wear and how people with supposedly nothing are still able to communicate their own scene of style.  Street Style has always been something very inspirational for my work, but I loved to see this more unusual set of photos mixed into the book.

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The signing was perfectly timed to coincide with Milan’s men’s week and took place inside beautiful men’s wear shop Larusmiani on Via Montenapoleone.  I was lucky enough to be one of the first in the que and it was really amazing to meet a photographer who has inspired my work for such a long time.  Scott Schuman was really nice and enthusiastic to meet each person and so interesting to talk to.  It was such an incredible experience to meet him and I am in love with my new signed book.

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Becoming a Fashion Stylist – How to Land a Styling Assistant Internship…

Welcome to the second edition of my new feature: Becoming a Fashion Stylist, where I will share with you some of the tips and advice I learnt while building my career as a Fashion Stylist.  For this second issue I taking it right to the beginning and talking about getting a Styling Internship.

If you want to work in Fashion Styling the best way to start is by doing an internship as a Styling Assistant. It’s really easy to want to skip this step and try to go straight into being a Head Stylist, especially if you have just finished a degree in fashion, but all the top Stylists got to where they are today by working their way through the ranks and getting as much experience as possible. There is so much to learn about Fashion Styling and the experience you will gain through internships and assisting will be invaluable as your career develops.

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(photo – The Devil Wear Prada – 2006)

Here are my top tips for how to get a Styling Assistant Internship…

Decide which type of Styling you want to work in.

Fashion Styling covers so many areas so it’s best to decide which area you want to work in before you start your career path. You could be a Fashion Editorial Stylist, styling and creating features for magazines, a Film Wardrobe Stylist creating the looks or costumes worn in films and on TV, an Advertisement Stylist, creating Campaigns and Catalogs for brands or a Personal/Celebrity Stylist where you work with individual clients (famous or unfamous) and choose their wardrobe for daily life, events and public appearances, some of this also crosses over into being a Personal Shopper. Of course it is possible to do a combination of these areas of Styling, which is what I do. But before you start its good to have an idea of which areas interest you, so you can make sure you are assisting the right kind of Stylist.

Prepare your CV & Portfolio and start contacting.

Get in touch with Fashion Stylists and the styling department of magazines and ask for some experience. Be prepared that it may begin infrequently, with the Stylist just calling you when they need you for shoot days or busy periods. But once the Stylist begins to trust you and sees how hardworking you are, they may start to offer you more regular work. Top tip – its best to contact Stylists and magazines whose aesthetical style you really admire as you will learn a lot more and get more from the experience – there is no point contacting a sports stylist if you are interested in high fashion for example.

Believe in yourself and devote yourself to your dream.

The Styling world is extremely competitive and also very fast paced. People don’t always have time to be nice and sugar coat things and you will face a lot of rejection on the way. So stay positive, believe in yourself and stay committed to your dreams. You will get there in the end.

Eat, Breath and Sleep Fashion.

Learn as much as there is to know about fashion. Read fashion magazines as much as possible and learn which ones you love the most and why. When you see fashion editorials you like tear them out or make a Pinterest board of them and study who was the stylist and photographer. Learn about fashion designers and their collections, fashion throughout history and which celebrities are fashion icons and why.  It’s all stuff you need to know to do your job well and its very inspirational.

Be professional and shine. When it comes to your interview, dress well, be on time, don’t play with your phone and be willing and enthusiastic to start your new internship.  The Stylist will see how great you are and will be excited to have you on board.

Good Luck xx

Want to learn more about becoming a Fashion Stylist… Check out the third issue of the feature Becoming a Fashion Stylist – Top Tips to Becoming a Styling Assistant

Becoming a Fashion Stylist – What to Really Expect…

Recently I have had some questions about how I started in Fashion Styling and how to break into that career path. Styling is a really incredible career and, for those who succeed it will provide an amazing lifestyle of travel, fun and excitement – alongside a lot of hard work. After two inspirational years of working as a Styling Assistant, in July I decided to take the next step and set up on my own as a Freelance Fashion Stylist. Still in my first six months, this journey has been exciting and exhilarating and branching out on my own has been one of the most motivating things I have ever done.

But I am still growing, and I wouldn’t have started in Styling at all if it wasn’t for the amazing guidance and mentoring from the Fashion Stylist I assisted. There is a lot to learn about this area of the industry and I thought it might be helpful if I started sharing some of the things I am learning along my way. I have decided to start a new feature on my blog called ‘Becoming a Fashion Stylist’ which I will include on a weekly to fortnightly basis. I hope I can share with you some of the knowledge I have started picking up on my way and, if you are considering becoming a Fashion Stylist, help inspire you to follow your dream. If there is something specific you would like me to cover in the following features, please let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page and I will endeavor to answer your questions in my future posts.

To kick it all off I thought I’d start right at the beginning – What to Really Expect When Becoming a Stylist.  Here are five truths about Fashion Styling you need to know before you considering this as a career choice.

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Fashion Styling is not a glamorous job. 

When I tell people I am a Fashion Stylist they immediately imagine I spend my time strolling around shops, picking out pretty dresses, getting lots of free stuff and going to celebrities parties.  My job has some of that, but in reality Fashion Styling is a really tough job!  Actually I spend most of my time running around the city collecting items for shoots, carrying really heavy bags of clothes around or crawling on the floor helping the models get their shoes on.

Be Prepared to Pay your Dues.

If you want to make it to the top of Fashion Styling you need to be prepared to work for it.  Everyone at the top started out as an Intern or Assistant and everyone has worked their way through the ranks to get where they are today.  To become a successful Stylist you have a lot to learn and the best way to do that is become the Assistant to an established Stylist.  You will get to go with them to incredible shoots, work alongside talented teams and see how things are done.  But starting at the bottom also means a lot of manual work before you even get the chance to think about how you would style an outfit.  Think packing suitcases, carrying bags, running errands, getting coffee and organising clothing returns.  It’s not always fun but you just have to suck it up and get on with it with a smile on your face. I can guarantee you the person you are assisting has been in your position at some point too and will not appreciate a moaning Assistant.  You just have to get on with it and know in a few years your responsibilities will widen.

Expect to Work Long Hours.

Fashion Styling isn’t your regular nice-to-five job.  If a big shoot is coming up or an important client needs dresses for a big event you will be working in overdrive to get everything done in time and to make sure everything is at the highest standard it could be.  That means working till late at night and even during weekends and holidays!  Sometimes its very tiring and it means you miss out on a big social life.  I don’t mind that because I think I am really lucky to be working in an amazing industry like fashion, but if you are the kind of person who needs that nine-to-five routine then Styling really isn’t for you.

You Need to Have Incredible Problem Solving Skills.

What do you do when the heel breaks off a pair of shoes right before you give them to the model to wear and the photographer and all the team are waiting for you onset? What do you do when the model spills some coffee on the designer dress loaned under your name and you need to return it to the brand tomorrow spotless or you will be charged for it?  What do you do when the looks being sent to you for a shoot get held up in the post and don’t arrive in time for the shoot day?  In Styling you will be faced with these kind of problems on a regular basis and you need to be able to find solutions quickly and without a drama.  This involves being quick thinking, creative and keeping a cool head.

You Need to Have Very Thick Skin.

Sometimes it really is like ‘The Devil Wear Prada’ in this industry.  People are really busy and they don’t always have time to sugar coat things and be nice.  Learn early on that you should never take this personally, have a thick skin, let the negative things pass over you and just get on with your job.

There you have it, my five truths about Fashion Styling. It is a lot of hard work and energy and you need to be prepared to work for it, but being a Fashion Stylist also has some really amazing parts to it too and I feel really lucky I get to do such an interesting job everyday.  If after reading all that you still feel excited about starting out in Styling then it is definitely the career for you.

Have a question about breaking into Fashion Styling? Let me know in the comments below and I will try to answer it next time…

My Eight Essentials for Fashion Week Success…

Milan Fashion Week is nearly upon us and for myself and many other fashion people next week is going to be a whirlwind of events, presentations and fashion shows, not to mention blogging about it afterwards!  I am really excited, because fashion week is one of my favourite times of the year and I love the buzz and energy going on in the city.  But having experienced a few fashion weeks now, I know it can get pretty chaotic at times.  I have learnt that to have the most fun possible I need to be armed with a few essentials, and I thought I would share those with you today as we start getting ready for the exciting week ahead…

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Comfortable Shoes!!! I cannot stress this enough! Comfortable shoes are a major necessity during Fashion Week.  You will be moving from event to event all day and well into the evening so you need some shoes that are going to serve you well.  This year I have invested in two pairs of cute, low heels so I still look chic but I wont have shooting pains up my legs by the end of day one!

Portable Phone Charger. Like I said you will be on the go all day, and definitely will be using your phone to tweet, Snapchat and Instagram about all the cool things you are seeing.  Plus using Google Maps to navigate your way from show to show, so your phone is going to be as busy as you are next week.  To avoid getting stranded in the wrong part of the city or missing a perfect photo op bring a portable charger so you can keep your phone juiced up all day.

Healthy Snacks.  Being on the go all day makes you hungry and there isn’t necessarily time to stop and eat, so I recommend bringing along some healthy snacks to eat on the move.  I love chocolate rice cakes, granola bars and goji berries for a quick energy fix.

City Map App.  Presentations and shows are held all over the city and are not always so easy to find.  Using one of the many city map apps available to download will help you navigate your way around the city quickly and stress-free.  If you work in the fashion industry I recommend downloading GPS Radar.  It allows you to sync all your invitations into one handy calendar and have downloadable maps for each location – so helpful!

Metro Card.  A weekly metro card will save you from the long queues every time you need to buy a ticket and it even works out cheaper if you are moving around a lot.

Notebook & Pen.  So you can take notes about the new collections, street style and cool places you discover while exploring the city.  Plus don’t forget to pack some business cards so you can give your contact out to people you meet.

Beauty Kit. I always bring along a bright lipstick, facial powder, hand-cream, nail files, mini-perfum and gum to keep me looking and feeling fresh all day.

A big handbag. And finally a big handbag to put everything in.  I think a big, black leather tote is really chic and looks good with most outfits.

And there you have it, my essentials for Fashion Week success.  What items can’t you live without during Fashion Week?

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