It’s not an uncommon thing to hear those who occupy the front row at Fashion Week complaining about all the stuff they have to do during a show — tweet, Instagram, Boomerang, Snap, and Hyperlapse. It’s no wonder that during the final walk, usually accompanied by wild clapping from the audience, that there’s mostly dead silence, and a lot of held up iPhones. But this kind of social media stakeout hasn’t always been the norm — even a few years ago, it was rare to see a phone in the front row. Those who were committed to documenting the fashion without a professional camera had to do so with a pen and paper.
A few front row illustrators decided to buck the system in terms of documentation. With iPad Pros and Apple Pencils, they’ve sketched their favorite looks in real-time. Click through to see the exclusive images they’ve shared with us, and how it felt to be taking it old school (with forward-looking tech), while their seatmates were stressing out about toggling between apps.