New York Fashion Week is less than a month away, and I am already so excited. I've discovered over the years that fashion week itself, whether FW (Fall/Winter) or SS (Spring/Summer) is magical! The energy is pumping, everyone is there with their A-game, and you're surrounded by glam and passion. You’re up early to work and out late to party…I mean network...
All joking aside, networking is what fashion week is all about; meeting new and exciting people, getting your name out there and having your face remembered. This is the place to gain new opportunities in this industry, make life long connections and be the best representation of your brand. Despite the fun and amazing opportunities, you have to truly understand that it is not about you, you are a part of a team. You have to work quick and diligently. Be sure you’re always working or ready to jump in and help a fellow stylist back stage. Hold the hair, the brush the comb; make sure you’re there to support your team. You have access to some amazing artists during this magical time, soak it in. If you don’t understand something don’t be afraid to ask.
Out of all of my continued education, I’ve learned the most working hands on during fashion week because you really have to show up and show out. You have be in unison with the other artists back stage so when it’s show time you’ve brought to life the designer and key artist’s overall vision. I personally work best under pressure; the hustle and bustle gives me the greatest adrenaline rush. I love the chaos that commences when you have hair, makeup and models running around because you now have 15 minutes until show time. Can you imagine?
Fashion week is a time to remove your title and just be. There are moments where the teacher will become the assistant and the assistant will become the teacher. During fashion week, Nicholas French, held hair for me while I blow-dried, that moment taught me so much. It taught me that no matter how much you have achieved in this industry, you should never be above holding hair! Stay humble.
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