New York City hits me in my happy spot. I thrive in the fast-paced, cultural and complex environment. Throw in a week devoted to demonstrating spring and summer collections created by the world’s greatest fashion designers — I’m love-struck.
Clothing and style have integrated themselves in my daily life. I’m constantly dissecting my style — trying to figure out what message I’m sending and quite literally, staring endlessly into my closet. Like any female suffering from the Carrie Bradshaw fashion syndrome, fashion week would be my equivalent of cloud nine.
This year, I was lucky enough to be floating on that fluffy cloud. Yes, I was in the fashion capital of our country during the New York Fashion Week celebration.
Assignments for my internship sent me winding through huge backstage tents where I found magic. Before this, I never realized how much hairstylists and makeup artists weigh into the entire equation. With a straightener and product in one hand, and a brush or makeup in another, these Picassos of beauty create the looks that walk down the runway while giving detailed interviews to countless amounts of journalists.
Every article of clothing I saw was individually a work of art. Out of all the collections I viewed and all beautiful people in the streets of Manhattan, my favorite style wasn’t exactly material. Those that caught my eye were wearing confidence. Yes, confidence. Everyone was wearing it and it got me thinking.
There is nothing more unattractive than wearing self-doubt. You know what I’m talking about. Self-doubt is that person tugging on their clothes or the girl looking in the mirror 35 times in less than 60 seconds. It’s easy to type and I’m one of the first people in the world that should be repeating this lecture to myself at night, but the confidence I saw was addicting.
These men and women loved what they were wearing. It probably took them weeks to figure out what they would be showing off at the Lincoln Theatre, but their radiant smiles were the perfect accessory to a natural look.
If any of you find life and love in clothing, you should take a trip to New York Fashion Week. Hang out around different venues and do your research. If you’re anything like me, you’ll leave inspired and ready to step up your style. Forget Christmas — Fashion Week is my favorite holiday.