Whether this year marks the first Fashion Week you attend or it's just the latest in a long career of runway shows, we’re all plotting our strategies. For anyone seeing or working on a show, now’s the time to get all of your ducks in a row, check (and double check) schedules, plan outfits, and pray that good weather is on the horizon. But, we’ve also got another set of hard-learned guidelines that normally lead us through.
We pulled together a little cheat sheet, collected over years of running late for runway shows, panicking because we can’t remember the name of the person we’re speaking with, and wearing shoes that are completely inappropriate for the weather. Essentially, it's a simple set of suggestions that help you avoid the usual Fashion Week stress triggers. Plus, it aids you in making the most of the time you have to watch beautiful clothes waltz down a runway and schmooze with your favorite editors, stylists, and PR people at after-parties. Not such a bad thing — after all, for some of you, this might be the start of a month-long sartorial marathon. For all things Fashion Week around the world — including street style snaps, designer news, and the trends you'd actually wear — head over to Refinery29's Fashion Month hub.