I cannot count how many years I’ve been lucky enough to attend New York Fashion Week. I think it’s over 8 years. Two seasons every year for over 8 years…. 16 New York Fashion Weeks? Damn! Well, for the first time since before I started my blog I am sitting this season out. Why? Well, to be completely honest there are a few reasons:
1. I am just not in the mood to be cold. I know, I know, that probably sounds bratty. But the idea of going to New York right now just doesn’t really excite me. I made a promise to myself at the beginning of the year that I would only accept trips/projects that 80-100% excited me. And to be completely honest I was secretly not looking forward to fashion week this season.
2. The pros didn’t outweigh the cons on this one. As a small business owner it was going to cost me about $2-3K for food/transportation to attend. Sure, I would be working on projects while I was there and attending fabulous shows which is basically like being asked to the prom. It’s fun! A lot of the reason why bloggers go to fashion week is for their photos to be taken by street style photographers, which basically serves as free PR for their brands which is also fun. I would also have a free hotel and cool parties to attend. But when I really asked myself “What would I want to see on the @DamselinDior blog and Instagram feed?” The answer was a beach getaway instead of street style photos and runway shots which every other blogger will be posting that week. I remember last season when I was at NYFW I was scrolling through my feed one night and the only blogger I stopped to look at their pictures was Sincerely Jules. She was in Mexico. I was jealous.
I do believe that bloggers have a place at fashion week. I have just started to understand that it is not 100% necessary for me to always go. Why not try something different? Who knows, maybe all of you will rejoice in not having to hear about NYFW. Maybe you will miss it. Maybe I will miss it. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, I’m packing for Mexico.
Photos by Alexandra Gibbs