“Gird your loins!” Well, my loves, New York Fashion Week is finally upon us. Get ready to see all the trends we’ll be wearing this fall on the runways at LaQuan Smith, Tia Adeola, and Sergio Hudson, a NYFW debut from the king or orange, Heron Preston, and the season’s next it bag at Luar. Also, all the fantastic street style (s/o to Darrel Hunter). And while New York becomes fashion’s playground for fashion enthusiasts, influencers, photographers, and creators, it can be quite overstimulating. Lots of shows, activations, dinners, and meetups. Ever wonder how your favorite fashion editor prepares for the busy week ahead? Well, we have.
We asked a few of our favorite fashion voices what they do to get ready for NYFW. From shopping for the perfect boot for stomping around the city and a facial by one of the best dermatologists in the business to home self-care and a chic hotel stay.
Chioma Nnadi, Editor of Vogue.com
If I can get it together in time, I like to get a facial or peel before Fashion Week. Akis at Aion NYC is terrific—he was a naturopath before he got into the world of aesthetics, so he’s full of great health tips too. I love Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton for facials, she was the first derm I ever saw in NYC, and now she has her own line of products which are great too.
Shelton Boyd-Griffith, Fashion Editor Essence
For me, it’s all about relaxing as much as possible. The week can be so intense, so my natural Taurus instincts kick in. I’ve found that living in Bedstuy, while the majority of shows are held in manhattan, can be pretty challenging. So this year, I decided to make life easier that week and get a hotel in the city center for fashion week. And what better place than the fabulous Beekman Hotel? As a sucker for great design (and again, Taurus), I’m excited to be surrounded by ornate architecture and that stunning atrium —and pamper myself with room service (and a luxurious robe). Also, being so close to shows, it’s the perfect spot to grab drinks at the Bar Room with a few friends post-fashion shows.
Jamila Stewart, Fashion Commerce Editor
A comfortable pair of heels is always a top priority when I visit New York for Fashion Week. This season, I was on the hunt for a sleek kitten-heeled knee-high boot (the quest continues), but instead, I’ve serendipitously landed on a pair of taller heels that are exponentially more comfortable than they look. I’ve already put them to the test on a night out and can only wholeheartedly recommend them. (They’re also the perfect match for a midi dress.)
Whistler Boot, $229, Femme LA
Scarlett Newman, Freelance Fashion Journalist
My fashion week prep is very practical. I make sure my eyebrows are done. I bleach them myself, cut and color my own hair, and make sure my clothes are clean. I make sure all of my research and notes are down and that I have a copy of my schedule. Then I check to make sure I have notebooks and pens that work — I might even splurge for a new set.
Montblanc notebook, $75, Nordstrom
Shelcy Joseph, Freelance Fashion Writer
This season, my birthday happens to be right before New York Fashion Week, so my pampering began a few days before that. Exercising is the first thing I prioritize, as it can be tricky to do so with a busy schedule. I will also be getting my hair done at Sabine’s Hallway salon, doing my nails, and trying out a facial at The Well. Lastly, I plan on shopping for some key accessories (shoes and bags) on Net-a-Porter to complete all my NYFW looks.