Fashion Week is fun et all, but it is hard work too. Though the catwalk photographers are the true working horses of the whole happening, some of my days, too include 15+ hours of running from show to show and an occasional meeting in between. To easily survive this month of fun and terror, trial and error and – especially this season – finding the right balance between attending shows and presentations, going backstage and shooting streetstyle, I came up with a list of personal rules.
My 10 commandments of Fashion Week, winter style.
1. Don’t go bare legged – or bare midriff’d for that matter – unless you are a polar bear and therefor used to the cold ór you want to have a snotty nose for the rest of the marathon.
2. Don’t wear heels. That is unless you have a driver or are immune to pain.
3. Break in your new shoes at home. Brand new leather is stiff and can pop up at least 5 blisters in 15 minutes. I am speaking from experience.
4. Listen to your mom and eat loads of fruit, before you set foot in Paris and all you will want to eat is their bread. And their pain du chocolat.
5. Pre-plan everything you will wear from day to night. It sounds ridiculous but this way you won’t overpack ánd you’ll get an extra 10-20 minutes of sleep in the morning instead of trying to figure out what to wear.
6. Make wherever you are staying feel like home. Whether it is a scented candle, your favorite tea or a daily Skype conversation with someone back at home, it keeps potential homesickness down to a minimum.
7. Carry around as less stuff as possible during the day. Heavy bags are a nightmare.
8. Cut down on the coffee. After a quick and short up, it will only bring you down. Carbs do the exact same.
9. Don’t bring anything that will crease very easily. Trust me, ironing is not going to happen.
10. Treat yourself when it is over. Get at least an hour long deep tissue massage (not really a treat, since it kind of hurts like hell) to get the shoulders back on track.
PS: I took this photo of Pernille‘s messenger bag on the second day of London Fashion Week.