Adding "Runway Model" to My Resume: New York Fashion Week
When Kristi from George + Ginger announced last spring that she would be participating in Fashion Week this fall I immediately started a plan to save my pennies so that I would be able to tag along. Over the course my pattern testing, I’ve done more with G+G than any other indie pattern designer, and I think it is ah-maz-ing that she’s taking her pattern line to the next level. I missed her debut at New York Fashion Week back in February, owing to the fact that, oh, you know, I was having a baby. So I was thrilled that she was going to be showing collections again this fall (thrilled for her, and for me, because I was dead set on getting to go see one of her shows!). She was actually signed to show collections in three places—New York, London, and Los Angeles!
In July, she gave me the official invite, not just to tag along and watch, but to actually model for her. Insert jaw drop here. I also got the official okay from Mike to go to both New York AND Los Angeles. Sneaking away for solo trips when you have three kids (three kids four and under at that) is seriously crazy, so I was so stinkin’ excited that we were able to talk it out and work it out so that I could do both (and shout out to my MIL for helping out with child care to make it happen!). Guys, I was literally bouncing around the house that day, I was so excited. I mean, I don’t even break 5’4”, I walk into to things on the daily, and I’m a mom of three living northern Wisconsin . . . getting to say I walked in the Fashion Week was never really an idea on my radar. And if you’ve seen pictures of me from high school, you’d also believe that I’ve never been one of those “I’ve always wanted to be model” girls, ha! But I was so excited to be a part of it— the art of it, the creative process, this piece of the world of fashion.
I was also really stinkin’ nervous in a weird way. So, I didn’t really tell people about it because I didn’t want to make a big deal about it. People were on a need-to-know-basis. I mean, my SIL was coming along with me to NY, and I didn’t even tell her what I was doing, haha.
September came, and I jetted off to NY, meeting my SIL in Minneapolis along the way. I’ve never been to New York, so we had some sight-seeing scheduled, along with a Broadway show. We did a bus tour, explored Chinatown and Little Italy, went to see Mean Girls on Broadway, went to Madame Tussaud’s, went to Top of the Rock, and spent a lot of time hanging out in the hotel lobby, watching the models from other shows (it was so fun to people watch!). We stayed right in Midtown. Next time, I’d much rather stay somewhere else . . . maybe Brooklyn? That’s probably more my vibe, haha.
I also sewed allllmost everything I packed (except for the 80s strapless dress I wore to see Mean Girls!), so if you’re interested in the sewing aspect, pop over to the George + Ginger blog, where I shared everything I sewed for the trip!
I was SO excited to meet Kristi. I’ve pattern tested for her for over 2.5 years now, and have come to know her pretty well over that time. I've loved getting to “work” for her, and after all that time, it was awesome getting to meet her. I definitely squealed.
The day of the show, we checked in at the crack of dawn. The absolute worst part is that no food or beverage is allowed back stage. See that cup of coffee? I need about eight more to properly function.
We had five hours to prep- hair, make-up, get dressed.
Most commonly used phrase to describe the morning: “Hurry up and wait.”
It was insanely cool being backstage. You’re not just with your designer and her models, you’re with everyone getting ready for that show (there were five designers in ours), so there are a ton of people getting ready in such a wide variety of designs. It’s really inspiring.
I loved that Kristi had such a variety of people walking for her. People from random sewing people like me, to inspiring models, to Victoria Henley who was on Cycle 19 of America’s Next Top Model. And a variety of shapes and sizes— this was not a one-size-fits-all show. <3
I thought for sure, with how much theatre experience I’ve had, that I wouldn’t be nervous about this. But I definitely was. I tried to reframe it a little. ‘Oh, that pit in your stomach, that’s just excitement! You’re not nervous, you’re excited,’ I said to myself as I waited in line to for my turn.
And it goes SO fast. All that hype, all those nerves, and really the actual runway walk goes so fast. You walk right towards a whole lot of camera flashes, strike a pose of two and then walk back. Five seconds of fame ;)
It was pretty awesome getting to wear a Kristi original . . . and, bonus, it’s in my closet right now! We got to keep out outfits.
Afterwards, press photos. That I can do, haha.
Overall, it was a great trip. I gotta say though, I didn’t love New York as much as I thought I was going to . . . just the chaos of the city made me appreciate where I live. I sighed in relief when I got to MSP and saw a Caribou, haha.
Read on about my trip to LA Fashion Week! <3