New York Fashion Week – The hard work behind the show

Text & Photo by: Yan Wang

September is quite a busy season, with the New York fashion week coming to an end; I finally had time to sort the show pictures and to also write my blog. Fashion week for outsiders is quite a wonderful show, but for thedesigners, they have to come up with their own special skills, presented in line with the brand style, without losing the personal characteristics of the custom series. And for the industry, even with all the excitement, this is undoubtedly a huge challenge.

Jourdan Dunn NYFW Runway

Here to share with you my Saturday runway show "miserable" experience. There were two shows on this day on the same site (Skylight Clarkson Sq). The morning show went quite well. I had an assistance to help me carry work equipment, but he had other schedules and couldn't help for the second show.  So I was left to carry two cameras, 3 lenses, a flash, a tripod, not counting my wallet, keys and a series of personal items. After arriving at the venue and taking pictures of the front stage, back stage, the show and other various photo videos, my phone was officially out of power. As we all know, cell phones have become an indispensable part of our lives in this modern times, not being able to use my phone meant that, I couldn’t search for my way home, call Uber or send messages. I couldn’t even check the time!

I could only carry the heavy equipment; dragging my tired body in the direction I imagined was the subway station. Of course I was asking for directions while walking, the strange thing was the three people I asked all told me it was a short walk of about 5 blocks to the subway and there was no need for a taxi. In the end, I walked 10 blocks which at that time felt like 20 blocks before I finally saw the “beautiful” subway, I quickly rushed in and found myself a seat. 

 

Taoray Wang Runway Shot

Home at last! As I wrap up the events of the day in my head, I feel honoured and proud to be in the fashion industry. I realize that every year during the fashion week, there will always be a personal experience that will keep the event fresh in the memory for a long while. Maybe, for other staff this is nothing. After the spotlight dies off, looking back at this experience gives me the feeling of growth. Behind every great show, there is always a countless number of staff whose hard work made it so, from the designer, public relations, media, to model, makeup, photographer etc. It is the day and night effort of these people that makes it possible to have a wonderful show.

纽约时装周–秀场背后的辛苦

九月份真是个忙碌的季节,随着纽约时装周落下帷幕,我终于有时间开始整理秀场照片,写写博客了。时装周对于业外人士或许是一场精彩的表演,各路设计师都拿出自己的看家本领,呈现符合品牌风格,又不失个人特色的定制系列。而对于业内人士,在兴奋激动之余,这无疑是一个巨大的挑战。

在这里跟大家分享一下我周六跑秀场的“悲惨”经历。这天有两场秀在同一个场地 (Skylight Clarkson Sq)。上午还好,有我的助理帮我一起扛设备,下午助理有事去不了。我一个人扛了两台相机,三个镜头,一个闪光灯,一个三脚架,这还不算上钱包钥匙等一系列个人物品。到了场地,拍完前台,后台,秀场等各种照片视频,这时手机很不争气地没电了。想必大家知道,在这个现代化时代,有手机你什么都不用担心,而没手机的下场就是,查不了回家线路,打不了Uber, 通不了电话,发不了短信,甚至看不了时间。

我只能扛着沉重的设备,拖着疲倦的身躯,朝自己印象中的地铁站方向走去。当然我也是边走边问,但奇怪的是问了三个人,每个都跟我说沿着这条路再走三、五条街,心想三、五条街就不用打车了,可能走路反而比较快。然而最后我走了将近十条街,当时感觉像二十条街,才看到“美丽”的地铁站,一头钻进去抢了个座位。

每年时装周都有那么一两件事让你记忆犹新,我这点苦这点累,可能比起很多工作人员并不算什么。当华丽的镁光灯散去,再次回想起这段经历,带给我更多的是积淀后的成长。每一场精彩的走秀背后,都凝结了无数工作人员的辛苦,从设计师,公关,媒体,到模特,化妆造型,摄影师。正是这些人多少日夜的辛勤付出,才有了一场场精彩大秀的呈现。我为身在时尚行业,并为之努力奋斗而感到荣幸与自豪。