What Kat Learned At Her First Fashion Week

Couturesque took #CPHFW.

Hi! I’m Kat and last week, I covered Copenhagen Fashion Week for Couturesque. It was my first experience at fashion week as press, and I learned a few things along the way.

Punctuality Doesn't Exist
Now, it wasn’t like I was expecting the shows to start on time, but arriving 15 minutes past the scheduled time is considered arriving early. Fashionably late is definitely a thing.

It Ain't Always so Glam
It all seems very exclusive and polished when you follow it from behind the screen of a phone or a laptop, but in real life, it can get pretty chaotic. I experienced mass queues and stressed out seaters who couldn’t find room to fit everybody in the venue. To be honest, it was almost relieving to know that it’s nearly not as perfect as it might seem.

Fake It 'Till You Make It
I’m not gonna lie, I felt pretty out of place. I used to volunteer at CPHFW, so I’m not new to the backstage workings of fashion week, but I’ve never been a guest at a show before. I was low-key terrified. What if something goes wrong and they won’t let me in? Will people judge me? What am I going to wear? The only way to deal with it is to just pretend that you fit in. Confidence (whether you fake it or not) will get you a long way in this business.

It's Not As Scary As It Seems
I worried. A lot. Turns out, I shouldn’t have. Everything went smoothly, people were super nice and I had fun. I never stopped feeling out of place, but I saw some fantastic collections to share with you guys, and got loads of inspiration. Bring on next season!

Katarina is a Senior Fashion Contributor at Couturesque, who can currently be found listening to Multi Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra.  She hails from the beautiful city of Copenhagen and documents her personal style, travels, and thoughts on Instagram and Twitter.

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