New York Fashion Week has officially kicked off, starting the rounds of cities and shows for the fall/winter 2014 lines. For anyone not lucky enough to be seated in one of the Lincoln Center tents or jetting off to Paris (aka most people), you can still access fashion week.
Once upon a time before the Internet, social media, and other technological advances, devotees of fashion had to wait for reports and pictures to trickle down from the attendees to the masses through newspapers, magazine editorial spreads, and televised reports.
Technology has greatly democratized this process. Photographs showing strutting models in a designer’s latest creations can hit Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook seconds after they appear on the runway, and websites feature every detail of an outfit in high resolution, sometimes mere hours after a show. But best of all, shows can be live-streamed to your computer, tablet, or phone.
First things first, to gain your all-access pass, you need to know the schedule. That way, if you crave the most fashion-forward details about Carolina Herrera’s fall 2014 ensembles, you’ll know to check out the House of Herrera Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook starting around 10 a.m. Eastern on February 10. Plus, if you want to catch your favorite designers’ shows, it helps to know when the models are supposed to start sauntering down the catwalks.
After glancing over the schedule, marking shows of interest, and making sure your social media profiles are set to follow key designers, the next step is to get backstage access. Design houses will post pictures, but modeling agencies are in on the game, too. Wilhemina Models took to Twitter on Thursday to announce it’d be covering shows backstage on Instagram. After years the business, fashion PR maven Kelly Cutrone has some serious behind-the-scenes access, snippets of which are now available to everyone thanks to the Internet.
Instant fashion gratification and insight will come from the profiles of the industry’s major publications and high-profile bloggers. Women’s Wear Daily will have coverage on its website, as well as timely tweets about shows and breaking news. This is also a fabulous way to follow the shows generally. If you aren’t as devoted to a particular designer, the fashion media will be covering anything and everything related to the catwalk trends. Check out what Vogue and New York Magazine‘s The Cut, are dishing about on Twitter, but also remember that they’ll give first-to-last look access through photography for virtually every show. Another website that will have wall-to-wall fashion week coverage is Style.com.
Through bloggers and outlets like the New York Times’s fashion Instagram profile, you can get street style inspiration. Highsnobiety has already published part one of its menswear street style, and the ever-stylish Kelly Framel of The Glamourai has begun snapping photographs of runway styles and her own accessories. Pictures by Bill Cunningham are bound to start appearing, as well. Reality star turned fashion icon Olivia Palmero has written about how to dress for fashion week, and it is likely more style musing will be published as the week wears on.