Whether it’s Chuck Taylors and an old flannel in South LA, Vans and tanks in Santa Monica, or the latest Balmain or Givenchy in Hollywood, LA has a knack for balancing classic styles with the fashion world’s latest. Second only to New York City as America’s fashion capital, it’s only right that top designers show off their new ideas to star-studded crowds not once, but twice a year.
So you’re thinking of checking out Los Angeles Fashion Week this October, but it’s your first time and you’re not sure how Fashion Week is done in The City of Angels. For all you first-timers, we’ve put together a basic guide on how to be cool at LA Fashion Week. That’s right. From where to stay, to what to wear, to where to go out, we have you covered.
Mixed up in the mix-up
Get rid of the idea that fashion week is one organized event as quickly as possible. Different organizations put on separate shows, so it’s up to you to pick and choose from the long list of events and after-parties. We recommend checking out the websites of LA Fashion Week, FWLA and Style Fashion Week for dates, venues, and registration. Once you know what’s out there, you can make an itinerary.
Surprise! The fashion world is exclusive. If a particular event interests you, make sure you register online beforehand. Don’t expect to show up unregistered and get waved in because you’re well-dressed. So is everyone else. And they’re registered. Space is tightly limited at all venues so the sooner the better.
Hollywood it is
While you can find events in a number of sections of LA (downtown and Culver City to name a couple), most of the action is in Hollywood. We’ve picked out three Hollywood-area spots across the budget range that will keep you in style when you get back from the shows and after-parties.
- This Penthouse on Sunset Boulevard puts you in the middle of the action with some incredible panoramic views. With two bedrooms, this apartment can sleep four for $244 per night. In N Out Burger is right next door too which doesn’t hurt at all.
- Maybe the celebrities a few rows in front of you have influenced your spending habits. This Beverly Hills penthouse is just west of Hollywood and is guaranteed to match the extravagance of an extravagant event in an extravagant city. The rooftop jacuzzi is our favorite perk. We won’t list the price. Just check out the link.
- For fashion week goers who are both fashion and price-conscious, this apartment just off of Sunset Boulevard will put you in a perfect location and won’t totally break the bank. Up to four can crash here for $200 per night.
Going out during fashion week probably means lots of photos. Don’t be the one who packed three outfits for the whole week and pops up in every photo with the same shirt. If this means upgrading to the bigger suitcase, then go for it. Fashion week demands your best.
But don’t overdo it
Fashion week is famous for people who bring clothes they would never wear otherwise and just end up looking uncomfortable. Remember that everyone around you is obsessed with fashion. They will know if you are trying to pull off a look that’s over your head. Bring your very best, but don’t get out of character.
Public transit is awful
If you don’t know LA, this is a critical heads up. The efficient transportation systems of the East Coast and even up north in the Bay Area are nowhere to be found. If you’re looking to do a lot of exploring around the city consider renting a car. You’ll have to sit in traffic, but it’ll be easier than navigating the train and bus system.
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