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How To Experience NYFW Without Attending NYFW

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Join the hype without leaving your room

While some people feel as though social media invokes a very real sense of FOMO, this is not the case during New York Fashion Week. In fact, during NYFW social media serves as a means of inclusivity. Thanks to platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, no longer are fashion fans prohibited from entering the exclusive shows of fashion week and gone are the days of having to wait six months for magazines (LOL, hi) to showcase clothing shown months before. In fact, some designers (we’re looking at you Rebecca Minkoff) make the process so instantaneous that they allow attendees to purchase clothing immediately after the runway show.

It’s been said millennials crave immediate satisfaction, and it doesn’t get more immediate than fashion week in 2016. So, how does one get in on this? We’ve rounded up the coolest bloggers, influencers, and editors who will be in attendance, (and divided them by social media platform) giving you an insider look at one of the biggest fashion events of the year. Put on your coziest sweats and charge up your laptop to get the best #views of the action from home.

Instagram
Instagram is undoubtedly the most well-crafted representation of New York Fashion Week. With carefully selected filters, coveted backstage photos, and beautifully curated images, this platform will be the place fashion-savvy folks will be flocking to.

Who to follow:

Danielle Bernstein, Blogger @weworewhat
Council of Fashion Designers of America @cfda
IMG Models @imgmodels
Dylana and Natalie Suarez, Bloggers @dylanasuarez @natalieoffduty
MADE, Fashion platform @made
Aimee Song, Blogger @songofstyle
Coco Rocha, Model @cocorocha

Snapchat
It doesn’t get more behind-the-scenes than Snapchat. From designers showing off makeup looks pre-runway to models snapping the action going on backstage, Snapchat is the ultimate insider's resource to keeping up with fashion week.

Who to follow:

Gigi Hadid, Model and influencer @itsgigihadid
Kristie Dash, Beauty content creator @kristiedash
Naomi Campbell, Supermodel @iamnaomi
Who What Wear, Digital fashion @whowhatwear.com
Karlie Kloss, Model @karliekloss

Image via Snapchat @gigihadid

Twitter
Don't forget about Twitter in a sea of image-focused platforms. Many still favor Twitter when it comes to commentary on shows, posting of-the-moment updates, and the realest views on fashion week. 

Who to follow: 

Fashion Week Official, @fashionweek
Catt Sadler, E! News host, @iamcattsadler
BryanBoy, Blogger, @bryanboy
Stella Bugbee, Editorial director of The Cut, @stellabugbee
Meredith Mickelson, Model@meredithmgm

Live Stream / Facebook Live / Live Designer Shows
Clearly the future of fashion week, live streams have become the go-to method to make sure you’re as close to the action as possible. Kanye kicked us off this season by streaming Yeezy Season 4 on Tidal, and other designers and fashion week locations are close behind.

Who to tune in to:

NYFW Official, https://www.facebook.com/MADEOfficial/
Milk Studios https://www.facebook.com/MilkMedia
Tommy Hilfiger SS17 on Friday, Sept. 9th at 7pm EST
Alexander Wang SS17 on Saturday, Sept. 10th at 9pm EST

NYLON Editors
And of course, your NYLON crew will be in on the action, so check out the editors who will be running around the city, bringing you the fashion week coverage you’re craving. 

Who to follow:

J. Errico, Fashion Director, on Instagram and Twitter
Dani Stahl, Style Director, on Instagram and Twitter
Marissa Smith, Senior Fashion Market Editor, on Instagram and Twitter
Jade Taylor, Beauty Director, on Instagram and Twitter
Gabrielle Korn, Digital Editor-in-Chief, on Instagram and Twitter
Jenna Igneri, Digital Assistant Editor, on Instagram and Twitter
Hayden Manders, Senior Digital Writer, on Instagram and Twitter
Austen Tosone, Assistant Editor, on Instagram and Twitter
Ziggy Mack-Johnson, Digital + Editorial Assistant, on Instagram


And, don’t forget to follow NYLON on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (@nylonmag) for all things fashion week.

She considers herself "one of the luckiest kids on the face of the earth"

Dani Okon, NYLON's associate creative director of video, sat down with her great-aunt, May Okon, to talk about their shared experiences—despite vastly different time frames—living as queer women in New York City. Prior to retirement, May was a journalist for the New York Daily News, having first entered the male-dominated workforce when "the boys were all at war." And, of course, she absolutely killed it. Her only regret? "Retiring at 55," she tells Dani, joking, "Who the hell knew I was gonna live to 100?"

Upon retiring, she moved out to the Hamptons with her partner and bought a home. If she had to do it all over, May says "there are a lot of things I wouldn't do," but she still considers herself "one of the luckiest kids on the face of the earth." Get to know May in the video, above.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Rob Smith and Eddie Jarrel Jones
Lauren Morelli and Garcia
Marlene Colburn and Naima Green
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by: Alexandra Hsie
Camera: Gretta Wilson + Katie Sadler
Edited by: Madeline Stedman

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Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

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Rob Smith and Eddie Jarrel Jones
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Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

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In the video above, get a sense of why Smith created a genderless store, and see how important it is for people like Jones to have a space where they don't feel criticized for dressing like they want.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

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Lauren Morelli and Garcia
Naima Green and Marlene Colburn
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

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