working backstage at nyfw: men's

Photography by: Sveva Marcangeli

I first ventured backstage at New York Fashion Week: Men’s at Skylight Clarkson Square as a volunteer working for the Capsule Show. I wanted to essentially take part in the fashion show production and get hands-on experience in this area. This season for Spring/Summer 2016 Capsule presented seven menswear designers from around the world. Before we get into the details of the collection, I’ll give you a quick sneak peak of what went on backstage..

Baartmans and Siegel from the UK

Baartmans and siegel NYFWM

Blackfist from the US

CAMO from Italy

CMMN SWDN from Sweden

CMMN Nyfwm

Maiden Noir from the US

maiden noir nyfwm

Matthew Miller from the UK

Second/Layer from the US

Aside from the perks of being able to see the collections and be amongst the fashionista crowd, designers and some of the biggest street style icons such as Nick Wooster (for those of you who do not know him, it is best you go do some homework..since he worked as men’s fashion director at Barneys NY, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus as well as Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren and Thom Browne brands) working backstage has taught me the importance of planning and logistics, clear communication and team work. My main focus was on the visuals of the entire production process and the presentation itself. My eye was like a visual sponge trying to gain as much as knowledge as I could from all the amazing and experienced people surrounding me..!

The most valuable take away from the presentation, aside from it being a very difficult yet rewarding job for those involved, were the marvelous connections I made and people I met. The biggest fashion misnomer is that people in the fashion industry are cold towards others and think they are better than everyone else. All you have to do is look at the media or watch The Devil Wears Prada to see that. In my opinion this is absolutely not the case, they are actually open, energetic, friendly, talented, hard-working, driven and creative people. I met a lot of great people at this event, from designers, directors, event planners, interns and volunteers such as myself and made a lot of great connections. This season I left New York Fashion Week: Men’s with a very positive feeling toward the fashion industry, which reinforced my love and passion to work in fashion.

But of course, what kind of a fashion show ends without an after party? So before I leave you, here are a few culminating shots of the after party held in Brooklyn with an amazing view of the city we all love of course – my darling New York.

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