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The New York Fashion Week Survival Kit

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Fashion Editor
Updated: 6 September 2017

As the big apple gets ready for New York Fashion Week (NYFW), designers are putting together final looks, models are getting fitted, and the city’s inhabitants are abuzz, ready to see and be seen. You can ever be too prepared when it comes to the runway—so check out Culture Trip’s NYFW survival guide, because let’s face it: the city is your catwalk.

Big Names

Some of the big names showing this season include Marc Jacobs, (on Wednesday, September 13)  Calvin Klein, (on Thursday, September 7) Alexander Wang, (on Saturday, September 9) and Jason Wu (on Friday, September 8). No word yet on whether Yeezy will produce a show, as the elusive Kanye West is famous for not confirming until the last minute. Victoria Beckham and her entire clan is likely to turn up at Victoria Beckham on Sunday, September 10, and Selena Gomez is a lock for the front row at Coach, given her recent collaboration with the brand.

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Hot Tickets

Buzzed-about shows include Ulla Johnson, the designer who recently opened a New York flagship store. Her sustainable boho-chic line is showing on Thursday, September 7. Sies Marjan, (who cast Isabella Rossellini in their latest campaign) is showing on Sunday, September 10. The rags to riches (or, more specifically, Bushwick to the Council of Fashion Designers of America) Chromat is showing on Friday, September 8. Sunday September 10 will be a night when all the cool kids come out to play, with shows from Public School, and Fenty Puma by Rihanna.

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Culture Trip Faves

Culture Trip favorite, Sext Pixels, is showing at the Lower East Side bar Beverly’s on Monday, September 11, and you can find Músed by Lindsay Jones The High Line Hotel on Friday, September 8. Brian Whatever of Whatever 21, will be showing at 200 Hudson Street, on Saturday September 9.

Culture Trip NYFW Survival Kit

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1.) Even native New Yorkers need help navigating the West Village.

Meatpacking and the West Village have been NYFW hotspots ever since the tents came down at Bryant Park and Lincoln Center. But can someone please tell me how to find Little West 12th Street? Be sure to pack a map—digital or otherwise.

2.) Ugly mesh slippers are so passé chic they’re cool again.

You can stock up on these in Chinatown on the cheap for when it’s time to step out of your stilettos.

Courtesy of Hood By Air for Vogue

3.) Hood By Air gear, in particular the “Never Trust A Vogue Girl” T-Shirt.

Shayne Oliver, behind Helmut Lang’s new collection, announced last April, with his Hood By Air partner Leilah Weinraub, that they’ll be taking a break from designing the coveted street wear label. The long-sleeve T-shirt Oliver designed exclusively for Vogue’s 125th anniversary is a must-have for the New York fashion girls.

4.) Portable phone charger.

Because, well, you know why.

5.) Visine.

Those afterparties can wreck havoc on your body. Hide that fatigue with this makeup artist’s go-to, and one product that every NYFW model will be packing.

Courtesy of Public School

6.) Public School’s “Make America New York” snapback.

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School took a pointed approach to slogan fashion in their February ’17 show, debuting the “Make America New York” snapback, a parody of the infamous red and white snapback President Trump wore throughout the election campaign. Due to the hat’s Insta-success, Public School began manufacturing the hats for sale. If you can get your paws on one, it’s definitely one of the most coveted accessories of last season, still popular with the New York fashion crowd.

7.) Tinted Sunglasses.

Because Dior aviators are so last season.

8.) “Make America Marc Again” by Marc Jacobs snapback.

The Public School snapback is currently sold out on the website, but is available from third party sellers. So, if you can’t get your paws on one, this Marc Jacobs one hits the same notes.

Courtesy of By Chloe

9.) By Chloe guac burger and air puffed fries.

Fashion girls need fuel and this hipster vegan spot is all the rage.

10.) hi*ball energy drinks.

No calories, five percent real juice, organic ingredients, natural flavors, and 160 milligrams of caffeine per can make this drink popular when show-hopping.