A Day in the Life at NYC Fashion Week

Sierra Vandervort, writer for Ed at Indiana, just attended New York Fashion Week, one of the biggest fashion events in the world!

Fashion week is one of the busiest, most glamorous weeks in all of New York City. Designers, models and interns alike all flock to the Big Apple to kick off the month-long super-event. After its initial stop in New York City, the couture party moves on to London, Paris and Milan.

A day in the life at fashion week can be pretty hectic. With hardly any time to eat, sleep or breathe, it can be a bit overwhelming. But underneath all the stress and the sweat is the most exciting week for any fashionista. That being said, as a recently de-flowered Fashion Week virgin, let me explain a thing or two before you dive heels-first into the tumultuous adventure that is NYFW.

9:00 am – Walk to the subway station on W. 4th Street, take the A train downtown to the southern seaport to meet the team at the studio.

9:30 am – Pack up the looks, model boards, model trades, show supplies and press releases. Do a last minute steam and check of the clothes before putting them in garment bags.

10:15 am – the cars arrive to pack up the supplies and leave for Hoffman Hall on 21st Street.

10:45 am – arrive at Hoffman Hall with the team. We unpack all the boards and begin the backstage set up.


11:00 am – Meeting with the staff and interns. We take a minute to review everyone’s jobs before splitting up. They stylists, models and photographers begin to arrive.

11:30 am – Hair and makeup tests are underway with the models. We begin shooting the commercial looks with a photographer while the PR team arrives at the venue.

12:00 pm – The press release, run of show and special thanks get placed on the seats for the guests.

1:00 pm – The models are done with hair and makeup, and the crew begins a tech, music and lighting test.

1:20 pm – The models are put in their first looks. They move to the lounge for backstage photography


1:30 pm – The doors open and seating beings. The backstage is flooded with interviewers from WWD, Style.com and NYT Magazine.

1:55 pm – The models line up and everyone is in place.

2:00 pm – Let the show begin!

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2:25 pm – Post show interviews are underway with the designers and different fashion magazines.

3:00 pm – The looks get packed back up and taken to the studio, but not before a celebratory glass of champagne and luncheon.