6 Secret Truths About Fashion Week

Despite the fact that social media has transformed fashion month, making runway shows and the hubbub surrounding them much more accessible to the larger population, there are still some realities that go unadvertised. As regular attendees of the shows ourselves, we’ve picked up on a few things that might surprise you (they surprised us!) about the nature of fashion week. 

Scroll down to discover six secret truths about fashion week.

1. The shows never actually start on time.

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Adam Katz Sinding of Le 21ème

It’s safe to assume that all shows will start at least 30 minutes after the given time on the invitation. This allows for enough transportation-related leeway and ensures that all the most important people will be there from start to finish.

2. Anna Wintour is seated before anyone else is allowed in.

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Adam Katz Sinding of Le 21ème

Although it doesn’t happen at every single show, the Vogue editor in chief has been known to request an early, private entrance into shows to avoid the media circus that often tracks her down. Naturally, every designer concedes to this (even if it means holding up the other attendees).

3. You’re not supposed to cross your legs in the front row.

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Adam Katz Sinding of Le 21ème

There’s a huge photographer pit at the end of each runway trying to capture the perfect shot of each look a designer sends out. Unfortunately, when women or men in the front row cross their legs, they stick out into the shot, making the runway images less than stellar. As such, the photographers yell out before each show begins, asking people to uncross their legs.

4. Some designers leave gifts on the seats.

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Adam Katz Sinding of Le 21ème

Some designers will leave fun gift bags on attendees’ seats with their namesake accessories or beauty products. However, this perk is usually limited to the first and second rows.

5. People in the standing section often end up with seats.

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Adam Katz Sinding of Le 21ème

Because a lot of people skip out on shows, especially if they’re seated farther back, those who have been restricted to the standing section have a good chance of getting a seat after all.

6. PR teams sweat over the seating charts.

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Adam Katz Sinding of Le 21ème

Who sits where at a fashion show is of utmost important to the PR team, who needs to keep in mind everything from rival publications to celebrity beefs. Not to mention the fact that who sits in the front row can reflect the designer’s current place in the industry overall. Because there’s so much to consider, the seating arrangement doesn’t get locked down until the very last minute, when the teams have the best idea of who will really attend.

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