Packing for NYFW (New York Fashion Week) is by no means easy. As I will be working, running around the city for shoots and shows, comfort and convenience is my number one priority while packing. I am primarily going to capture other peoples' style, however, that doesn't mean I can't be stylish while I'm doing it! So today I'm going to talk a little about fashion, and my top five essentials that are coming with me to NYFW this month.
1. Comfy Flats
Number one on my NYFW packing list is a pair of comfortable flats. I have been on the hunt for a pair of travel flats for almost a year, and I final discovered Rothy's flats! Not only are they stylish and go with just about any outfit, they are also comfortable, lightweight, and WASHABLE. Plus they're made from recycled water bottles - how awesome is that?? I'm planning to wear them through airport security to make taking on and off my shoes easier, around the city for shoots and events, and for general touristing during my down time!
I'm bringing Rothy's The Point in Black Solid with me, and am so excited about how versatile these shoes are. They look fantastic with dresses and pants, dressed up or dressed down. Plus they're lightweight and breathable - great for the hot weather in the city!
2. Weatherproof Jacket
When you think NYFW in September, you think sunny skies and sunglasses. While the weather is going to be from the mid-70's to high 80's during NYFW, there's also RAIN in the forecast this year! Coming from Seattle, I'm a pro at staying dry while staying stylish, so as soon as I saw rain on the NYC forecast, I added my (faux) leather jacket to my packing list.
Last February, it was bitterly cold the entire NYFW, but it also poured rain. So many people brought winter coats but were caught unprepared for the wet weather and I was so happy I happened to bring a weatherproof jacket with me.
Photo by Sarah Wolfe Photography
3. Carry-All Bag
A bag that can hold it all is perhaps the most important essential I'm packing for NYFW. You will see a lot of small purses and handbags in and around the shows, but again I'm prioritizing convenience when it comes to my everyday bag for NYFW. This time, I'm opting for a faux leather backpack to carry my camera gear (and snacks) around the city. My camera bag insert fits perfectly in this backpack and holds one camera body and two lenses. Stay tuned for another blog post on the camera gear I'm bringing with me!
The low profile of this bag is great for packing into the subway to the shows in the morning, and the faux leather material is weatherproof for whatever happens!
Photos by Henry Cotton Photography
4. Silk Scarf
Since I'm packing mostly neutrals to mix and match during NYFW, I'm focusing mostly on accessories to give me variety and punches of texture and color. Last NYFW, I didn't pack a silk scarf and immediately regretted it, because silk scarves can literally do anything, and can be the most versatile thing on your packing list. Need to add a little something to an outfit? Tie it around your neck. Feel like sleeping in and not washing your hair one morning? Tie it around your head to hide those greasy roots.
I'm planning on bringing two scarves with me - one that is more colorful and fun, and one more neutral and versatile.
5. Portable battery
Not fashion related, but a #1 lifesaver while at NYFW. With how much you will use your phone outside and during shows taking photos, videos, following new friends on Instagram etc., your battery will go from 100 to 0 real quick. I don't want get caught with a dead battery and unable to document and network, so I am bringing a portable battery and a phone cord with me everywhere. My portable battery has six charges in it, and it compatible to charge my camera batteries as well!
Are you heading to any of the fashion weeks this year? Or have you been before? What are your packing essentials? Let me know down below!
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Karya Schanilec is a Seattle based photographer specializing in fashion, portrait, and performance photography.