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Fashion Shows. There’s ‘Levels’ To That Shxt

Backstage at the Richard Chai Fashion Show for Men's Fashion Week in New York

Fashion Week is the Olympics of fashion, and I’m not telling you to dress like an all-star of fashion but at least try to make a splash in the pool fellas. The myths and etiquette surrounding attending fashion shows has always been about as confusing as Kanye West’s next album title, but I’m here to help dispel the myths, give you some clarity, and provide you with a few helpful rules to follow when attending your next fashion show.

The most common question I’ve been asked is:

Why the fuxk should I even care about fashion shows, nevertheless attend one?

Fashion shows are a designers equivalent to your first time out on the beach or at the pool at the beginning of summer. It’s that proclamation displayed in all its prominence that you’re here to show everything you’ve worked hard for. And just like some of us who’ve done a 30-day sprint versus a 90-day one, the dedication will show. Plus, if you don’t even care about the actual show it’s an opportunity to network, meet hot people, and party with the cool kids.

On a more serious note, this question is probably one people should ask more often:

How should I dress when attending a fashion show?

When attending a show you have a few options, but the one option that you don’t have is to attend the show dressed like it’s about you. You’re a guest, not the star, and nobody cares about what you’re wearing unless you’re famous.

A simple rule of thumb is to wear all black or just something simple and chic like you would on any night out. Some of you guys might only be there because a friend or a date invited you so this a effort-free alternative to having to put too much energy into being there without looking lame. Another option is to research the show you’re attending and try to match the designer’s style aesthetic or color palette. That’s always a fun way to get those creative juices flowing. If you’re feeling all gung-ho for the show, you could always opt to wear an actual piece of clothing from the designer themselves.

It wouldn’t be a fashion show rules round-up without addressing this query:

What shouldn’t I do at a fashion show?

The answers to this question would seem like they would fall under the category of common sense but you’d be surprised. The main thing to keep in the forefront of your mind is to be aware of your surroundings and not make it about you, so don’t come to the show drunk. Save it for the after party bro, because then everyone else will be drunk too and won’t notice how obnoxious you’re being. Next, don’t diss or comment negatively about the designer to anyone during the show or in a crowd. You never know who is family, a friend, or simply an associate of the designer, and you don’t want to step on toes or burn any bridges. Lastly, don’t wear the designer from head to toe, and think that it’s a compliment to them. That pretty much is a plea for attention, and nobody needs that much love buddy.

When it’s all said and done, fashion shows supposed are an opportunity for people to get together, celebrate an individual’s hard work and dedication, and socialize or even party. So as long you remember that and follow these simple rules, I doubt you’ll go wrong.

About Justin-Rayne (61 Articles)
Justin-Rayne Bryant is an innovative, ambitious, and enticing gentleman hailing all the way from Little Rock, Arkansas. He is a recent mass communications masters graduate of Syracuse University, where he matriculated at the top of his class. He currently works as a managing editor for a publishing house that features creative individuals within the editorial, art, and design communities. In his free time, Bryant is striving towards establishing himself as a ‘Multi-Media Monster’ within the fashion industry via the editorial, digital, and broadcast platforms. Justin-Rayne first began to receive notoriety as journalist due to his exemplary ability to translate all things fashion, from trends to reviews, into intimate and relatable pieces of editorial artistry. Through unwavering determination and dedication to the constant promotion and dissemination of his work via social media, his brand began to grow. In the past, he has had the satisfaction of working as a weekly broadcast style consultant for KNWA news in Arkansas, a fashion closet coordinator Esquire Magazine and now Bryant free-lances as a stylist and fashion writer for several online and print publications. This southern bred and born casanova can’t wait to for you all to see him take a bite out of the Big Apple and the media industry.

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