Here's How 'People Stylewatch' Editor Rachel Aschenbrand Preps for Fashion Week

Here's How 'People Stylewatch' Editor Rachel Aschenbrand Preps for Fashion Week
(Photo courtesy of Rachel Aschenbrand)

Ever wonder how fashion editors get ready for New York Fashion Week? We caught up with some of the industry's most seasoned veterans for their top Fashion Week survival tips and tricks.

Read on to find out how Rachel Aschenbrand, People StyleWatch Fashion Editor, preps for the big event:

StyleBistro: What are your three must-haves at New York Fashion Week this September?

Rachel Aschenbrand:
A chic, medium sized bag in a rich material that goes with a variety of outfits! (Black always works but make sure it's something with a little added interest: hardware, exotic skin, or a rich color that is a classic.)

Blotting papers to dab my face when rushing to shows in the heat!

BoostCase iPhone charger/case—It’s a case that has a battery in the back so if you charge it ahead of time, it is a lifesaver to have when the phone starts dying and you're on the run.

Here's How 'People Stylewatch' Editor Rachel Aschenbrand Preps for Fashion Week
(Photo courtesy of Rachel Aschenbrand) Aschenbrandl's Asos cap-toe pumps will definitely be making an appearance at Fashion Week.

SB: What shoes are you wearing for fashion week? Are they new? Do you secretly carry flats in your bag?

RA: Depends on the day! I will for sure be wearing my ASOS cap-toe pumps. I bought them earlier in the summer and they were super-affordable, comfortable and I get a ton of compliments on them. I may buy them in another color. I also bought some cute ankle strap sandals that will likely make an appearance. This season I am going to carry a big enough bag to hide flats. Hobbling along when your feet are in agony is just NOT a good look. 

Here's How 'People Stylewatch' Editor Rachel Aschenbrand Preps for Fashion Week
(Photo courtesy of Rachel Aschenbrand) Don't you just love the exotic detail on the caps of these flats?

SB: How do you pick your outfits for fashion week? Do you do it in advance?

RA: I do start the weekend before thinking about outfits. I try to do a few days at a time, it would be impossible for me to plan a whole week at once because my mood changes too often. Some days you wake up and the outfit you planned just doesn’t make sense for how you feel.

I lay each look out on my bed and then hang them together (top, skirt/pant, necklace on hanger) so they're ready to go and the morning is less stressful. I've been known to make several outfit changes in the morning on a normal day (ask my boyfriend) so I try to eliminate this time-draining habit during NYFW.

Here's How 'People Stylewatch' Editor Rachel Aschenbrand Preps for Fashion Week
(Photo courtesy of Rachel Aschenbrand)

SB: What fashion advice would you give to a junior editor going to fashion week for the first time?

RA: Wear what looks best on you. DON’T wear every trend of the season at once. And dress weather-appropriate. It can look very desperate to wear a leather legging if it’s 90 degrees out, just because leather is going to be in for fall. It can still be very warm in NYC in September!

SB: Are there any special beauty treatments or regimens you follow in the days leading up to fashion week?

RA: Just a mani and a pedi. A good gel manicure that will work with every outfit is always a good idea—will last the whole week and it won’t need touch-ups! (Who has time or energy at the end of a day of shows?)

Here's How 'People Stylewatch' Editor Rachel Aschenbrand Preps for Fashion Week
(Photo courtesy of Rachel Aschenbrand) Here's a sneak peek at all the invitations Aschenbrandl received leading up to the shows.

SB: Any fashion week prep secrets you want to share with us?

RA: Just map out everything ahead of time—your workload, your show schedule (with locations) and how you will be getting around. Something will go wrong (a heel breaks, an unexpected thunderstorm, a subway train is shut down), so best to be as prepared as possible.


Be sure to check back here at StyleBistro tomorrow for Glamour Associate Shopping/Market Editor Laurel Pantin's New York Fashion Week prep secrets!
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