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9 Things I Learned At My First Fashion Week

Things I Learned At My First Fashion Week

Last month I ticked off one of my all time bucket list dreams: attending Fashion Week.

And not just any Fashion Week – no, I was thrown right into the deep end. I went to Paris. PARIS, people!

The bi-annual event – one of ‘the big four’ – is, arguably, the biggest on the fashion calendar. The inaugural Fashion Week city where, since 1943, designers have been showing their latest collections, it is the destination with the most iconic and storied brands – and then there was little old me. Like a total deer in headlights, here are nine things I learned at my first fashion week…

Paris Fashion Week Street Style


The outfits are next level…


A vibe that permeates throughout the city and makes one feel like the world is their runway, it is only at Fashion Week, on the streets briefly occupied by the sartorial cognoscenti, where it’s not only accepted but encouraged to express peculiarities, distinct personalities and individuality through clothes. Here, anything goes.

Paris Fashion Week Street Style

Paris Fashion Week Street Style

There are paparazzi everywhere…


And I mean everywhere. Enough to chase you down the streets and make you feel like you’re a total celeb.

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Paris Fashion Week Street Style

There were real celebs, too – and you might get really close to them…

This is Liv Tyler’s hair.

Liv Tyler Paris Fashion Week

Emily Ratajkowski looks better with a bare face than you and I would after an hour sitting in Pat McGrath’s makeup chair…

But that’s nothing we didn’t already know.

Emily Ratajkowski

You will see most of the shows through your phone…

Probably the biggest downer of Fashion Week is that the sheer recounting of show details is no longer sufficient as technology takes the lead in getting the message out at lightning speed. Particularly when you’re covering the show for a publication (and not simply attending it for your own pleasure) there is a sense of immediacy amongst the guests whereby everyone is creating a live stream in real time on Instastories. I felt like some of the best moments were all experienced through the screen of my iPhone, but ’tis the world we now live in!

 

Seeing a familiar face makes all the difference…

Especially when you’re there totally on your tod, there’s nothing nicer than seeing a familiar face in a city that you don’t know your way around, in a country where you don’t speak the language. And the best part? Paris is crawling with Dubai-ans, from PRs to designers to editors to bloggers.

Paris FAshion Week Street Style

Paris FAshion Week Street Style

Baker boy hats sure look cool…

But the reality of them is that they rub off all your makeup and leave an indent across your head from the lining in the hat’s rim…

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Comfy shoes are imperative…

Even your most trusted pair of kicks will turn on you. No toe is safe and no blister left unturned from the wrath of 20,000 steps a day!

Paris FAshion Week Street Style

But so are fabulous outfits…


Let’s not talk about how full my suitcase was, shall we?

Paris Fashion Week Street Style

Set off for each show at least 20 minutes earlier than you thought you should…

Even though pretty much all of them start a good hour late, you can never predict what the traffic will do and the wrong directions people will give you. I ended my first Fashion Week on a bit of a low point – missing the Louis Vuitton show because I was sent in the wrong direction by a security guard and didn’t have time to run back in the other direction. Gutted doesn’t cover it.

Meals are sporadic…


So eat a good one with lots of liquids when you get the chance. My day started with one croissant and a cup of tea, I usually then wouldn’t see a meal or a glass of water until dinner because you’re so busy running around between shows and presentations.

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You will make new friends…


With lots of random people – and it will be great. Is there anything better than meeting interesting, likeminded and lovely – people from different walks of life?


 

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