A Good Time
Everyone wants to have a good time when they attending a fashion event. Any time you attend a hosted event it goes without saying that you are a guest accepting your responsibility as an attendee. There’s an unspoken agreement that by attending a fashion event, that you, the attendee are a guest that to supports the whole event from the moment you arrive to the venue until the time you depart. If you recall last season I put together a 5 Day guide to help people navigate Fashion Week . In Fashion Week Guide Part 05 I focused on the topic of Fashion Show Etiquette for attendees. I wanted to revisit those points and add a few more rules that fashion goers should abide by.
Not your show
You should not find yourself at the center of attention unless you are in the spotlight on the black/red/green carpet or posing for pictures at the designated time and place. If the fashion event is not your own, then all eyes needn’t be on you.
Show some respect
All fashion events are important fashion events to someone. Time, effort, and money has been put into the fashion events being hosted. Yes, the host eventually wants you to buy the fashions, but they also want everyone in attendance to have a good time. As an attendee whether you are in VIP or in the General Standing area, sponsor or ticket winner, red carpet event or pop-up shop treat each event and its attendees with respect.
Keep it to yourself
Nothing is worse than going to a show and watching in horror as someone in a front seat has a leg or a bag reaching out to the middle of a runway. Keep everything on your person as close to you and as far away from the runway as possible as not to distract models from their walking path. Also, be mindful not to obstruct clear runway shots of photographers. Don’t be sh#$ty person. Pull it in!
Runways are for models & company
The runway is sacred space for models, designers, hosts, etc. Non affiliates walking across them is considered bad luck and bad form. If you must, walk as close to the sitting area as possible without disturbing other attendees and stay off of the runway. If you really have to get a picture of yourself on the runway wait until after the show or run the risk of being asked to leave an event.
Golf claps & snaps
When you attend shows a great way to let designers know that you love their fashion is to give a short golf course claps or controlled snaps. This is a way to show respect for your favorite designs and to make sure that the attention stays on the clothes, not you. If you feel so moved by a piece that a vocal response cannot be stopped, so be it, but remain respectful with your words and keep it short. At the end of every presentation (end of a line or designer run) be sure to kick up your enthusiasm for said designer(s) to show your appreciation of their showcase.
Not your seat, Don’t sit down
You should never ever sit down in a seat that isn’t reserved for you. Besides that fact that people have paid extra money or are affiliates of shows it’s considered bad form. No one should have to ask you to move out of the seat they have paid for. Once you have your seat and it’s 10 -15 minutes before the show you should stay rooted in your assigned seat until the very end of the show. The same can be said for those in the designated standing areas, just stay put.
Keep yourself upright
Being lucky enough to be sitting in the front row is awesome. Be humble and sit in your seat as not to obstruct the view for anyone else. If you are shooting the show live on social media do your absolute best to stay upright so everyone on either side of you also has an unobstructed view of the fashions coming and going down the runway.
Leave tall headwear home
Hats and head-wraps are great for the red carpet, but if your headgear is more than a few inches high then leave it at home. You don’t want to be the a#$hole that is blocking views because you want to be cute.
Dress as requested
If the coordinator asks their guests to dress in black then dress in black. If they ask you to wear a mask get a mask or a fancy hand fan. If the event it 18+ then by Jove you better be 18+. Do not take liberties and do whatever you want. Coordinators have set the boundaries for a reason, trust that over being a diva.
If you are going live or snapping pictures to post to social media do your best to tag and @ the event, venue, model, etc. It’s a great idea to figure out which tags you want to use ahead of time as not to miss other fashions coming down the runway. If someone corrects you with information, be sure to update your info ASAP and thank them for their help.
As mentioned in the first section, everyone wants to have a good time. Enjoy the fashion as it comes down the runway give a nod to the model as they pass you. Try to leave the negativity outside of the venue and enjoy the show, the people, event, and the fashions.
If you can follow these rules then you will make the fashion week experience great for everyone. Be kind to yourself and be kind to others. Dress to impress and see you at the show.