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How to Network During Fashion Week

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week is here! Models are strutting up and down the runways with the trends for the Fall/Winter 2014 season but more importantly this is an ideal time to network. That’s right you read it right, NETWORK. You may be wondering how do you network during fashion week? It’s actually much easier than you think.

1.Intern Volunteer

At this point, it is too late to sign up as an intern or participate in an internship for New York Fashion Week. If you don’t already have one.  However, things are continuously changing up until the very last second to show time. It is worth asking the show coordinator (or anyone with an all access pass, for that matter) is there anything you can do as an volunteer. Please be prepared to get your hands dirty, break a nail, roll up your sleeves and scuff your heels if need be. You never know what this opportunity may lead to, have your resumes and business cards near by.

2. Be Prepared!

Speaking of business cards and resumes…have them readily available. You never know who you’ll be rubbing shoulders with in the elevator, see in the lobby or catch such and such’s assistant at Starbucks. All the movers and shakers are in New York, make the most of it. Think outside the box. Maximize on every opportunity possible!

3. Attend Events

So, you don’t have an invite to a fashion show? All hope isn’t loss there are other ways you can spend your time.Where there is a will, there’s a way. Its fashion week think bigger! Go beyond the fashion shows at the Lincoln center. Attend department store events, beauty events, blogger events, smaller designer shows, magazine events, etc. Take pictures of everything and everybody. We’re making memories people! Getting a picture with your favorite fashion blogger can bring traffic and recognition to your own blog. Or you be could featured on their blog or even better a major publication’s website.

4. Promote Your Brand

Whether, you have a blog, website, are an aspiring stylist or whatever your career may be. This is the time to promote your brand. Name drop (truthfully speaking of course) and brag about your accomplishments. Your network determines your net worth. It isn’t even always what you but whom. Don’t be afraid to speak to people and get to know them. It might not result in the opportunity of a lifetime but it could connect you to the people necessary to help bring your dream into fruition.

5. Local Events

You couldn’t make it to fashion week? Not too worry, create a local meet up and invite all the fashionistas in your area. Stream, review and salivate over the shows together. This creates new bonds, alliances and future opportunities to work together.

6. Dress the Part

If there was ever a time to overdress, be over the top with your attire…this would be that time. People are judging your book by its cover. This is the shallow world of fashion. Your winning personality will merely be the icing on the cake. So, please dress the part! This doesn’t mean you have to wear expensive labels you can’t pronounce. Identify your style, OWN it and others will take notice.

FYI…Everybody you meet will not be friendly, personable or approachable. This is the style (beauty and fashion) industry that goes without saying. THICK SKIN IS IN, for every outfit as it is a necessary accessory to work in this line of work. Don’t be discouraged. There are way too many people ready and willing to network, who are hungry for success and taking their careers into their own hands to get strung up on catty behavior. You could’ve stayed at home for all of that. So, laugh about it. Go where you’re celebrated, not tolerated.

Well, that’s all I have for now. This is the one and only Fashion Career Expert Tamisha Monet, here to assist you with all your fashion career needs. Until next time…stay fab my loves. MUAH!

XOXO

Tamisha Monet

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Author:Tamisha Monet

Fashion Editor (iStyleFashionBeauty.com) Tamisha Monet calls Oakland home as a Bay Area native but resides in Houston. She's a staff writer for The Rouge Collection magazine, in their Beauty and Style department. She is the art contributor for the West Coast division of F.A.M.E. The Experience magazine. In the blogosphere, she’s worked with Vogue, Lexus, True Religion and more. She works as a Business Life Coach for various fashion and beauty start-ups through her company iStyle Fashion and Beauty Society.

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2 Comments on “How to Network During Fashion Week”

  1. February 7, 2014 at 9:12 AM #

    Love all the advice! Especially hosting something local if you cant attend NYFW

  2. February 7, 2014 at 9:14 AM #

    Yay! I’m glad it was useful for you. Also, thanks for all the continuous love and support on Instagram as well. Yes, it’s a great way to start networking right at home. Making it easier to bring future fashion events to you city.

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