Another Fashion Week has come and gone, and upon reflection of the week we’ve discovered that it hasn’t really cracked-up to what everyone said it would be.
Don’t get us wrong, there are plenty of photographers, models and stunning runway experiences to be had, but we’ve found that some of the most memorable moments of the week have been those ‘off camera’. For us, the best part of MBFWA was the daily interactions we had, the people we met, and the relationships we built. Everyone always says, ‘It’s not who you are, but who you know”, and to some extent we completely agree. On one hand we are strong believers in having great integrity, maintaining a strong character and all-in-all being a nice human being, but on the other hand, it’s almost impossible to grow in our industry without engaging with like-minded people. Bec and I made it our mission this year to genuinely interact and ‘network’ with those around us.
All-in-all it was a really amazing week; we were able to meet people we never thought we’d be able to meet and really showcase who we were as people, rather than who we’re perceived to be as ‘Twice Blessed’. Below we’ve listed some of the key things you’ll need to know for your MBFWA experience:
WHERE TO STAY?
Now if you’re not lucky like some, you’ll need somewhere to stay while you’re up in Sydney. If you’re unable to receive sponsorship in a hotel for the week, we definitely suggest trawling on Air B’n’B for a bedroom/house close to Carriageworks. There is nothing worse than paying for your way up to Sydney, getting an awesome place to stay and then paying bucket-tons in Ubers/Taxi’s to Carriageworks. Our tip, stay super close by (for a 5 minute cab ride) rather than somewhere like Bondi Beach.
WHAT TO WEAR?
What you choose to wear over fashion week should really be a representation of who you are. There’s nothing worse than getting to Carriageworks and seeing 1,000 other people rocking really crazy fashion styles when they usually wear all black – you feel me? Fashion week is definitely a time where you’re allowed to experiment with your personal style and try something new, but it’s important to stay true to who you are. In addition, it’s really important you pack smart – think about bringing key pieces with you (black blazer with gold/silver hardware, black skirt, shirt, sneakers, key pair of high heels, etc) and to then build your outfits around those pieces.
WHAT TO BRING?
Now, besides the obvious basics, it’s a really great idea to think about the tech gadgets you’re planning to bring to MBFWA. Are you going to be taking Street Style Photography? Or runway snaps? Will you need to be posting Blog Post or Youtube videos while you’re up there? We took the below with us this year:
- SLR Camera (we use the Nikon D750 with 50mm lens)
- Microsoft Surface Pro 4
- Honestly soon to be our favourite gadget going around. We love the idea that we can upload, edit and schedule our Instagram images on the go now! The idea of having such a compact device that can access regular computer programs (such as Adobe Suit, etc) is seriously amazing! What did we do before we had this bad-boy?
- Oppo R9 Phone (has the best camera quality we’ve ever used on a mobile)
- Portable iPhone Charger (being at Carriageworks all day on your phone takes a toll on your battery!)
WHO TO SPEAK TO?
It’s important to speak to as many people as possible during fashion week. If you’re like us (and can be painfully shy at times), it’s time to push yourself and engage with others! Our best tip is to hit up the main PR Companies in Sydney to see if you can meet them, or go for a Showroom visit. This way, you’re able to attach a persona behind your Instagram account/Blog/etc, rather than just sending generic emails to the latest girl in the chair. Building relationships with key influencers in the PR industry will definitely take you places!
Until next year! xx TB (sponsored by Microsoft Au & Oppo Mobile Au)