I just got back from fashion week at Bellevue up by Seattle, Wa. This was my second year going, and I had even more of a blast than last year. This year, I knew what to expect, so I went in with my eyes wide open and ready to learn. Boy, did I learn! I learned a lot about etiquette before, during, and after the show. Here are some tips and tricks to navigate your first fashion show.
1. RESEARCH THE DESIGNER
Even though he didn’t show his collection, Christian Siriano was the presenter. Those of us in VIP were so excited to meet him and felt lucky just to have 45 seconds to get a pic with him. That being said, there were those who didn’t do their research. Before the show, the screens showed clips of his New York show. He is known for putting a diverse group of ladies on stage and every time they showed the curvy, plus sized ladies, there were snide comments around me. Then, when he came out and commented how proud he was, the same catty women exclaimed how beautiful the models were. Ugh. Do your research, that way you don’t diss the presenter unknowingly.
2. DON’T BE A CATTY BEYOTCH
The woman next to me was rude. That’s the only way to describe her. She cut down the gift bags, made fun of other ladies outfits, and made a fuss when the whole room gave a girl with Down’s Syndrome a standing ovation. Just don’t be her.
3. DO MEET NEW PEOPLE
I go to these events alone because I know I am going to meet somebody and have a wonderful time. This time, three total strangers met up and by the end, we were taking selfies, being goofs, sharing our dreams, and making plans for the next year.
4. DON’T DRINK TOO MUCH
Alcohol is in abundance at these events. The VIP pre-party had champagne and a full cash bar. Then, the before party had two free drink tickets and another cash bar. Having a couple of drinks to lubricate the situation is perfectly acceptable. Being a sloppy drunk isn’t.
5. DO EAT BEFORE YOU GO
Fashion shows = teeny tiny appetizers
6. DON’T FORGET COMFY SHOES
My advice is to bring a pair of stylish flats with you. My feet were hurting so badly because I was wearing poorly made shoes. Two days later, I still have cramps in my calves and my soles ache. One of my savvy new friends brought a pair of gorgeous fur and leather slippers. I had shoe envy all night!
7. DO GO ALL OUT WITH YOUR CLOTHES
This is a fashion show. Show your creativity, your chic style, your sexy gowns. Celebrate and honor fashion by having fun and showing your true personality.
8. DON’T FLASH YOUR GOODS
Ladies in the front row, the other side of the runway has a prime viewing area of your legs. I had the unfortunate experience of having a view of much more than that! Be aware of what could possibly be showing, especially because every single person has their cameras out.
You don’t want to be the next day’s meme.
9. TAKE PICS
The best way to document what you love is to snap a quick pic of the model right before and right after s/he passes you.
10. DON’T GET DISCOURAGED OR INTIMIDATED
You will encounter some amazing clothes and accessories from the other ladies. I saw one lady with the Chanel Boy Bag and my heart fluttered. You will also see some well known people. I met Christian Siriano but, I was more excited to meet two bloggers I follow religiously. Don’t be afraid to talk to the people who intimidate you. There was a lady in front of me in line for the meet and greet. She was fashion. She had head to toe high end designer clothes and accessories. She was also scowling. When it was our turn to meet Christian, I needed to know if my makeup was ok. I was sweating buckets, and I pictured myself to look like Miranda Sings. I had to ask her for a quick once over. She never smiled, but she said I looked beautiful, everything was in place and she even gave me some anti-sweat tips for next time. Don’t be afraid of the fabulous people! They’re people!
11. DO ENJOY YOUR GIFT BAG IN PRIVATE
Nothing says amateur like ripping open your swag bag before you leave the building. Muster up your self control and once you get to the car, have at it!
Fashion shows are serious business but they are also so much fun. Be courteous, be confident and have a fabulous time!