NYFW Schedule

Kyleigh McCollam of C'est Le Style and Rebecca Minkhoff at NYFW

Kyleigh McCollam of C’est Le Style and Rebecca Minkhoff at NYFW

By Chip Tornedon

The dates for Spring/Summer 2018 New York Fashion Week are set for September 7 – 14 (or 6 – 14, depending on how you look at it, as Style Fashion Week is set to begin on the 6th), and the schedule will grow dramatically over the next few months.

Every season, the NYFW calendar fills up with some of the biggest names in fashion, but it can also be confusing if you’re planning to attend the shows, or watch online. Here are some tips to help you schedule your time to make the most of New York Fashion Week.

1. Understand the Schedule

A huge number of designers showcase at NYFW every year, and the events have grown from a literal calendar week to longer. A look at the Spring 2017 NYFW calendar shows how many fashion designers and fashion houses show at the same time. Most shows are around an hour long, all-told (20-30 minutes for the show, but they tend to run late to allow people to arrive from other shows). This makes it hard to see all the shows, which is why many are calling for a more streamlined NYFW schedule.

2. What Can You Do If There Are Two Shows You Want to Watch?

With double and triple bookings becoming much more common, there are going to be overlaps in the schedule. This does mean that you will need to pick what show that you are going to attend. If you have to miss a show, most brands have live streams and replay videos of their runway online for people to watch later. While the experience is not the same, it’s better than completely missing the collection. (And sometimes, if you’re writing about the show, online can be just as good. Just ask Cathy Horyn.)

3. RSVP (or Buy Tickets) Early

For those not in the industry, the good news is that many NYFW events are open to the public. Often these feature emerging designers, or are charity-driven, as in Go Red for Women, with Macy’s. However, some of the highest profile shows, from Michael Kors on down, will generally only be accessible to members of the press, celebrities, or buyers.

4. Your Outfits Matter

Instagram stars are basically born at fashion week. Yes, pictures being snapped everywhere, since hundreds of photographers and fashion brands are looking for the next trend. The outfit you’re wearing can help every part of the NYFW experience, from getting into parties to finding yourself on the front page of Harper’s Bazaar (as recently happened to the Kyleigh McCollam, first-time attendee from C’est Le Style).

If you notice any photographers taking your photo, ask them for their contact information. This can help you find the photo and share it online.

5. Learn How to Watch Shows Online

This one is kind of a no-brainer. You can tune in to watch most of the live streams here.

Most times, New York Fashion Week schedule is so full that it can be confusing to know what to watch, or where to start. The calendar does make it easier, especially if you know what your goals are, which fashion designers and brands you’re looking for, or when you plan to be in town.

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NYFW Schedule

Sep
6
Wed
2017
all-day Style Fashion Week shows
Style Fashion Week shows
Sep 6 – Sep 10 all-day
Learn more stylefashionweek.com
Sep
7
Thu
2017
all-day Art Hearts Fashion shows
Art Hearts Fashion shows
Sep 7 – Sep 11 all-day
Learn more artheartsfashion.com
10:00 am Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Via CFDA. Check CFDA for any changes to this event.
7:00 pm Tom Ford
Tom Ford
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Via CFDA. Check CFDA for any changes to this event.
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