Illustrations: Kevin Lyons
It’s New York Fashion Week again (you may have noticed by what’s taking over your Instagram timeline), so we pulled out this little treasure from our special edition Frank151 x DKNY chapter for a refresher course on how to act. Enjoy.
When it comes to fashion week, and namely fashion shows, there are certain unwritten rules to abide by. Between arriving on time, keeping your manners in check, and simply dressing to impress for impromptu camera snaps, there’s quite a lot to remember.
That’s why we thought we’d make it easy on you and simplify the ordeal with a DKNY x FRANK Guide to NYFW Etiquette, brought to life with the help of Kevin Lyons’ signature monster illustrations.
DON’T ACT THIRSTY
Sure, you might be within perfect Instagram range of KimYe or Ms. Wintour, but that doesn’t mean it’s the cool thing to do. Relax, take a deep breath, and fight the urge to turn paparazzi…unless of course it’s RiRi wearing a sheer-crystal Adam Selman gown, then it’s totally forgivable.
BE MINDFUL OF YOUR LIMBS
If you happen to be sitting front row, don’t pull a Larry David at the Lakers’ game circa season two of Curb Your Enthusiasm and accidentally trip one of the models. Unlike Larry, you won’t have the Seinfeld credentials to save your ass from a world of haute embarrassment.
KEEP SUNGLASSES HANDY
For those of us who don’t come equipped with our own traveling “glam squad” (or those of us who went a bit too hard the night before), sometimes the easiest way to disguise a not-so-fresh face and look instantly chic is a good pair of sunnies. Can’t go wrong with a classic movie star cat-eye.
APPLAUD YOUR FAVORITE LOOK
But only after you’ve surveyed the room to make sure at least 65 percent of the other guests are too. Individualism is cool and all, but there’s nothing more painful than the sound of a lone-clapper. And make sure you stand for the designer at the end…unless of course the collection was horrendous. In that case it’s best to just look down at your shoes.
DON’T ABUSE THE GOODIE BAGS
Arguably the best part of the event, but that doesn’t mean you should go ham on those mini bottles of booze that often pop up in seeding packages. Save it for the afters! FRONT ROW, BE CAMERA READY
The models aren’t the only ones being photographed, and you don’t wanna turn up on the it fashion blog between a couple of socialites looking like you just crawled out of Central Bookings.
KEEP THE VOLUME DOWN
It’s un-ladylike to be loud and rambunctious in any public place (besides MSG or anywhere on your birthday, of course) and a runway presentation is certainly no exception to the rule, at least while the show is in progress. Don’t pop your gum, silence your cell, and if you must converse with your neighbor, keep it to a ventriloquist-whisper.
When all is said and done, no matter your thoughts on fashion, these are huge productions and events that take tons of time, effort, energy, and creativity to put together, so be respectful aand properly appreciate what’s on display. Staring blankly at your nails, loud sighs, and mindlessly scrolling through Instagram mid-show is not only rude, but just generally super asshole-y.
Or else you’ll have to stand. Think L train at rush hour, just waaay more CDG, unaffordable handbags, and senses of entitlement. That is, if you can even still get in.
DRESS TO IMPRESS, DUH!
I mean, if you don’t look good, what’s the point of even going? A general rule of thumb is to try and wear something by the designer you’re seeing, but as long as you’re not wearing last season’s wedge-sneaker or last, last season’s bandage dress, you should be good to go!