Fashion Week is an institution in New York City. As esteemed as the Empire State Building, you can see it coming from miles away. In the weeks and days leading up to the weeklong fashion affair, you can see a noticeable uptick in outfit and accessory choices seen around the city; feel the frenetic energy of PR personas mapping out their plan of attack. A veritable feast for the eyes, gearing up for Fashion Week can be overwhelming, to say the least. We enlisted some of our favorite creative cool girls to help us navigate the organized chaos that is NYFW.
Fashion/Lifestyle Blogger Gillian Del Zotto tells us her tips and tricks for (literally) navigating Fashion Week, from pre-show beauty prep to keeping your zen.
Name: Gillian Del Zotto
Location: New York City
Occupation: Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger
Describe your style in 3 words: Effortless, downtown, edgy.
Favorite emoji:️ :relaxed: 😌
Fall fashion must-haves: Duster coat, velvet booties, cropped sweaters, and chokers.
NYFW Essentials: Coffee, Quest protein bars (since there isn’t much time to sit down and eat), camera, portable phone charger, quick change of shoes, business cards.
What’s in your S’well: For the most part water, but sometimes ZICO coconut water, and International Delight coffee cream.
“With Fashion Week finally here and Summer coming to an end, New York City immediately has a different feeling. The streets of Manhattan turn into one big fashion show, and everyone wants to be a part of the fun. There are street-style photographers and paparazzi racing through streets after the shows trying to catch a glimpse of the incredible outfits of bloggers, magazine editors, designers, and models.”
“With that comes much preparation; from exercise, haircuts and fittings, to endless racks of clothing and accessories.”
“The hair, makeup, and daily outfit changes all while racing from event to event by trying to snag the quickest mode of transportation whether that be taxi, Uber (or even a Citi Bike to maximize your time) can be hectic and even stressful at times. No better way to get from A to B than a Citi Bike.”
“The key to staying sane during fashion week is staying active and incorporating some form of fitness. I find it helps clear my head, relieves stress and allow me to focus for longer periods of time.”
“I love exploring new fitness classes in the city using my Class Pass!”
“For the most part, my S’well is filled with water (I try to drink a ridiculous amount per day). Sometimes I use the smaller bottle to bring coffee cream to whatever coffee shop I stop at during my day.”