Depending on who you ask, Fashion Week can be seen as a competition—who gets priority seating, who makes it to the bar fastest, who spots the first model falling on the runway... But if those are races, than the biggest event of them all is who makes the biggest impact, style-wise. Luckily, the ladies who are constantly in the lenses of the best
photographers' cameras were wiling to divulge their secrets to success (even if that means ditching your winter tights in the name of style!). From secret weapons to combination strategies, here's what Fashion Week's biggest style stars have to say about playing the game right.
Photos by Mark Iantosca
Jane Keltner De Valle, Fashion News Director, Teen Vogue
What She's Wearing: Gryphon New York trench, Lutz & Patmos chunky cashmere scarf, Alexa Chung for Madewell skirt, Proenza Schouler booties with Falke socks, MaxMara bag, Lanvin sunglasses.
Fashion Week Dressing Tip: "As I want to start wearing pretty spring heels, I think the reality will be boots. I've had these Proenza Schouler ones for three winters now (a lifetime in fashion seasons!), and they are my saving grace. They look good with 90% of my wardrobe, and most importantly, I can run around in them all day and still be alive when I get home at night. My other essential this week will be a big, warm scarf. If it starts raining, snowing, or hailing, I can wrap it around my head, and a bad hair day is instantly averted! Other than that, I'm making an effort to move away from black, and instead explore the color-blocking and monotone looks that are popping up for spring. This is my winterized version!"
, Global Editor, Refinery29
What She's Wearing: MikkatMarket
shirt, Pleasure Doing Business skirt, curtain tie worn as belt, Wilfred
coat, Creative Recreation heels, and a scarf from Tibet that I suspect is supposed to be a throw (seeing as I bought it from a furniture shop), but I need it way more than my couch.
Fashion Week Dressing Tip:
"Fashion Week is the time to bust all all those matchy-matchy or un-matchy-matchy looks I've chickened out on wearing during the regular season. Digi-tribal, Cosby stripes, a couch-like floral? Why not?! Also, I always do something to my hair beforehand, just to mix things up. This season, I tried the formaldehyde-free Brazilian Keratin treatment from Lasio Studios
to tone down my frizzy curls."
Rajni Lucienne Jacques
, Fashion Features Editor, Nylon
What She's Wearing:
American Apparel skirt, Vintage top, Burberry Boots, J+ Uniqlo Jacket.
Fashion Week Dressing Tip: "Even though it's freezing outside you can still show a little skin—with sheer pieces that is. Oh, and a good coat is a must with this weather. It can add to the ensemble."
, Fashion Market Editor, Lucky magazine
What She's Wearing:
MiH chambray shirt, Alexa Chung for Madewell sweater, Paige jeans, J.Crew coat, Juicy Couture mittens, Kate Spade bag, and Celine boots.
Fashion Week Dressing Tip: "If there's still a layer of gray slush on the ground and you aren't one of those lucky enough to have a car/driver, invest in statement accessories instead of a sky high heel."
What She's Wearing:
"This is probably going to sound really obnoxious, but here goes: MaxMara blouse (it's from Filene's!), secondhand handknit Irish fisherman's sweater that I got at a dollar sale in L.A., secondhand blazer, faux fur hat (no label), Prada shoes (SS 00 deadstock, eBay, $80 four years ago), leather shoulder bag bought at a Harlem craft fair from an American lady who does some kind of import/export business with her Moroccan husband. Jeans I made myself, copying the pattern from a pair of '60s bellbottoms I bought at a vintage shop. The first time I wore them, my dad did a double take, because he owned a pair by the same brand back in the day. I guess that's how the Sauers roll."
Fashion Week Dressing Tip:"In the winter, layers, layers, layers, layers. Most of my fashion week outfit planning revolves around the question of the crap I inevitably collect, and how best to absorb it without starting to look lumpen or disheveled. I just carry a big purse, with a tote scrunched up somewhere inside in case of need. When I finally cleaned out my purse after last fashion week, I think I found four empty bags of Pop Chips, enough business cards to staff a Midtown office, two bottles of nailpolish, and a pair of pink-and-green plastic martini glasses. I quite liked the glasses, actually. Wore them for a costume party. Fashion Week is awesome."