Fashion: New York Fashion Week SS18 Wrap-Up

New York Fashion Week craziness is over! Another season! I say with a bit of melancholy. It’s exciting. It’s fun. The people you get to meet. And a new goal has been achieved! But it can be nutty. And frustrating.

The Fun

@Alexandriatothemax looking fantastic after the Rebecca Ninkoff show!

@Alexandriatothemax looking fantastic after the Rebecca Ninkoff show!

I love fashion. It’s always been there. I used to pick up issues of GQ magazine when I was a young teenager in the days when the magazine was very stodgy. Dare I say: Republican? But it was one of the only magazines out at the time that had really good and timeless fashion. Nothing too trendy that made you look like a tall, life-size Gumby character. The clothing I saw in those pages in the early days, you could still wear today.

Women’s fashion is a bit different. Well, maybe a lot. Styles come and go but they always return. Thankfully, padded shoulders are gone! But everything comes back. Moving to New York City, it was all the more evident of that. What’s especially cool is the fresh-styling many ladies do the fashion. Or, maybe the same style but using different materials. Better materials. Tougher yet still retaining all it’s beauty.

The street fashion from the shows is all this..  But amped up. If there’s a style you like, it’s bound to be represented at NYFW. As I mentioned earlier, I’m into styles that’s going to hold it’s own over the years. It might not be ‘in’ at the time, but the item will still be highly respected.

NYFW just brings out the best and most daring for the week though. You see plenty of fantastic fashion during any day of the week in Manhattan. While I consider myself stylish, I knew after a few days in NYC that I would have to up my game. Lots. I’ve been slowly upgrading my wardrobe. The great thing is that’s it’s relatively affordable to dress well in NYC. But it takes time and planning.

There was incredible street fashion at all of the shows I was attended. Just incredible!

The Frustration

Now, I don’t know if this is the reason why Paris Fashion Week kept all their shows a secret. But it’s just a guess…. The zoo that some shows turn into outside with photographers jumping all over each other to photograph someone. I see things that should not be happening….

However, I think there is blame on both sides. Today, I saw a bus advertised “Meet Selena Gomez on March….” It was for an event during NYFW. I mean, what is that going to create? A zoo. There has to be responsibility on both sides.

The way photographers should work: respect. Tory Burch NYFW FW17

The way photographers should work: respect. Tory Burch NYFW FW17

A few years ago, NYFW clamped down on who would be allowed into shows. Too many bloggers who didn’t know how to behave at the shows. I was personally happy to see that. I did see NYFW start to tarnish a bit. Even across the country, I saw pictures of people behaving completely inappropriately. Years away from being taken seriously by industry professionals. How did they get in? The Social Media aspect of NYFW was new and fresh. Changes needed to be made. I think it’s a work in progress. But it’s getting much better.

@lindsilanestyle @styleontherise @cheraleelyle

@lindsilanestyle @cheraleelyle @styleontherise

Seems like the same thing is happening for photographers. Maybe that’s a good thing. Simply, many photographers need to learn some manners, compassion and empathy. Seriously. It hurts the event and the opportunities for us. Take this to heart, and it could not only raise the quality of the event, but give us even more opportunities. Photographers: clean up your act.

Really Really Good Stuff

Remember about the goal achieved I mentioned earlier? Well, I got into a show this year! Malan Breton! I was SO HAPPY that to get in! For this show, they were letting a lot of newer people in. Which was interesting. It reminded me a bit about people who weren’t ready to attend a show like that. Dressing and behaving inappropriately. The audience and photographers were quite good considering everything. I also credit the staff coordinating and keeping people in line. I even thanked a few of them for the good job they did.

Malan Breton Preshow

Malan Breton Preshow

Strangely enough, I didn’t know that much about the women’s side of Malan Breton fashion. But what I saw was stunning! It was a fantastic introduction. I wasn’t in the pit with the other photographers, I simply wasn’t interested. I wanted to shoot from the sidelines. I’m happy I did.

Malan Breton Fashion Show

While I didn’t get paid to cover it. Solely for my own reasons. I’m glad I got into a show. Next season: get paid for at least several shows! Hey, my last prediction came true. Right? So why not aim for this?

The People

In the end, it’s all about the people that I get to meet! I actually met a good number of photographers this season. I usually meet all type of professional except for them. Partially due to the horrible weather and being stuck under an awning for a few hours. You’ll get to know people quite well in that scenario. I’m always interested in how other photographers do their thing.

@TheStyleBungalow

@TheStyleBungalow

@SteffySpandcs

@SteffySpandcs

@Ariana_de_Lima

@Ariana_de_Lima

@BrightonKeller

@BrightonKeller

@MarinaingVarsson

@MarinaingVarsson

@NellieLim @NcWong

@NellieLim @NcWong

I feel NYFW is trying to define itself and figure out how to best produce and present the show. I’d like to see them take bold steps to do really fantastic things for everyone involved. From the vendors, street photographers to the heavyweight industry professionals. We can make it happen.  <3

About the author

Ricardo Gomez is a Fashion Photographer based in New York City.

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