I recently read another great post from Independent Fashion Bloggers by Jess Estrada about why she chose NOT to attend New York Fashion Week this Fall. At first glance I thought to myself “that’s crazy, who wouldn’t want to go, I’ve wanted to attend for years!” Then I became curious about what circumstances could deter a fashionista from attending THE fashion event of the year. Here are a few of Jess’s reasons that resonate with me:
“I’d come to NYC not just for fashion week. Attending IFBcon and other fashion blogger conferences was a huge pull for me to come out for NYFW.”
I attended the IFB Conference as a speaker/workshop presenter this year, with the understanding that I wouldn’t see much more of New York, and that was just fine with me. I wanted to attend IFB Con for years and this year, things lined up for me, but I quickly realized that negotiating media passes and trying to fit in shows may detract from my NY experience rather than add to it. Sometimes trying to fit everything into one trip is impossible: meet ups with friends/family, museums, shows, fine dining. You end up burning out and actually tired from a trip that was supposed rejuvenate you.
“Being protective of my time. Having been to NYFW before, it’s pretty much the same experience each time…”
I’ve never attended New York Fashion Week before, but had an inkling it might be like any other great party; once you’ve attended, it’s pretty much the same people, same attractions, same everything, each year. BUT, that doesn’t keep people from planning their calendar around this spectacular social event. Even Estrada admitted this year would’ve been her sixth time to attend.
What’s more, at IFB Con, one speaker mentioned that while bloggers show up at Fashion Week, some are not really present. This was one of the most valuable points made during the conference, in my opinion. Instead of paying attention to panelists and soaking up knowledge, bloggers constantly snapped photos, updated statuses, and missed what the panelists were presenting, all in the name of “live blogging.” As for Fashion Week, Estrada goes on to say “you’ll probably see better images online than I would at the show.” Though I would be tempted to capture every moment of New York Fashion Week, I realize there will be plenty of other people taking photos and posting recaps, so I should just enjoy every moment. Finally, Estrada kindly lists Fashion Week resources for those of us not attending, but who would like to following along, including @MBFashionWeek and Pinterest Does Fashion Week. Head on over to IFB to check out Jess’s full resource list.