How to Survive Your First Fashion Week

Street Style photographers by Amanda Lin for Couturesque at NYFW SS16.
Pro tips.
Image by Amanda Lin for Couturesque / see more here

Fashion week: hectic, exciting and pretty darn stylish. With the collections upon us once again, here are some of Couturesque’s best tips for surviving your first (or any) fashion week.  While you're at it, don't forget to keep up with all of the mayhem on our Instagram.

1. Try to wear comfortable shoes or bring a spare pair.
Much to the horror of one’s feet, fashion week tends to be spread far and wide across the city so, comfortable shoes are truly your best friend.

2. Pack your charger.
The greatest first world problem we all face? Low battery. Keep a charger with you at all times so that you can keep those tweets and 'grams rolling.

3. Talk to people.
Fashion week is one of the greatest networking opportunities out there so make sure to strike up conversation while you're waiting around – you never know where it may lead.

4. Bring your business cards.
If networking is going well, business cards are one of the best ways to get your brand and details across.

4. Don't peacock.
Peacocking and trying to get noticed is one of the biggest yawns at fashion week. Don’t try to get noticed by the photographers because the chances are it won’t happen if you do that; it happens when you least expect it. In case you need a reminder, you're there for the designers anyways.

5. When in doubt, map it out.
If you’ve got to get around the city, City Mapper or any navigational app will be your absolute hero.

6. Be on time.
This is just a great life mantra to follow.  Plus, earlybirds often get moved up to better seats when they become available.

7. Have Fun
Fashion week is fun and it's a celebration of style, so have fun with it and enjoy the week!  You've made it so far!

WHO: Xenia, Managing Fashion Editor at Couturesque magazine
WHERE: London
OBSESSED WITH: Furry Jackets
CAN BE FOUND AT: @xeniatheklein

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I founded Couturesque Magazine when I was 15 years old because like many of my peers, I felt ignored and talked down to by all of the other teen fashion publications out there. I figured that at the end of the day, the people who knew the most about my generation, were the people who belonged to it. The fashion industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the creativity of younger voices who challenge the status quo and make us rethink what we wear and why we wear it. And that is exactly what Couturesque set out to celebrate - authenticity, intelligence, originality, and diversity... in other words, what makes Gen-Z tick. Fast-forward to 2016 and we now have a staff of more than a dozen fashion distruptors contributing to our daily content from all around the globe, 100K+ readers following us from Toronto to New York, to London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv, and a plethora of big-wig industry fans and collaborators. But what matters to us the most is the responsibility that our publication has to make a positive impact in the lives of those who come across it - we stand against retouching our photoshoots and we stand for sharing the beautiful, individual, complex voices of everyone, especially those who feel marginalized by mainstream fashion media. We hope that you love our site as much as we do and that you take the time to follow us (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr / Snapchat / YouTube) throughout our journey to make fashion accessible to the powerful young adults of today.

Tia Elisabeth Glista
Editor in Chief