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My New York Fashion Week Experience

Well, I’ve managed to check another item off my bucket list: attending New York Fashion Week. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I have always wanted to go ever since I was a kid…and as I walked the streets of SoHo on my way to Spring Studios where a lot of the shows took place, I had a few hundred “pinch me” moments.

Collage of Looks from NYFW SS2020

There are too many highlights to share. I would need about 700 blog posts to cover all of them, but definitely the most memorable were: meeting Miss Jay Alexander while he strutted around SoHo being photographed (he actually came up to lil ol’ ME to compliment my suit!!!); the incredibly whimsical Cynthia Rowley show; and meeting some of my favourite bloggers that I’ve been following for years. Hi, Chriselle!

Photography: Chris Smart Photography
Dominique Baker and Miss Jay Alexander in Soho, NYC
OMG!!! Me and Miss Jay Alexander!! #DEAD

I also felt a little overwhelmed! I always thought of myself as a big city girl, but whoa. New York is serious: the lights, THE NOISE, the tough-as-nails New Yorkers…it all made me a little homesick. That being said, there were so many moments where the city made me feel alive.

It was exhilarating to sit front row at so many shows, revelling in the beautiful designs of talented designers. Many of the shows were très fashion forward – like Romeo Hunte’s, for example, that it made me go home with a new, more daring approach to fashion.

Man Wearing a Cloud Hat and tear drops at NYFW
“Rain Storm, but Make It Fashion” at the Australian Fashion Palette SS2020 Presentation

The bloggers that I met were wonderful too. From influencers that are also my friends that I was lucky enough to meet up with in NYC, to the mega-influencers I adore that I shared the front row with like Rocky Barnes, Xenia Adonts, Tezza and many more. I felt truly like I had “arrived”…that all the hard blogging work I have put in over the past four years was truly worth it, if I could be in the same room, “breathing the same air” as these fashion heavy hitters.

Torrance SS2020
Cynthia Rowley SS2020

Anyways, I pretty much loved every second of New York Fashion Week and fully intend to return next year. Next time, I’ll be better prepared, choosing my hotel more carefully (closer to the bulk of the shows) and planning my wardrobe better (maybe I was too conservative).

House Of Campbell SS2020

A few quick things I learned:

  • My blogger friends were not kidding when they told me to wear comfortable shoes. Like a dummy who likes to learn the hard way I wore heels for a couple of blocks and felt like I needed to amputate my feet.
  • Taking time to rest. There were a few times where Sam (my amazing friend who helps keep my blog running) and I were rushing around stressed to get to events, shows and pop-ups. It was draining.
  • REMEMBERING TO EAT! There were days with back-to-back shows and events where I didn’t eat for hours and ended up getting hangry.
  • Networking is truly one of the keys to success. I armed myself with business cards and took the time to talk to everyone I met. I landed a few collaborations thanks to having the courage to put myself out there.
  • Take risks! My good friend Tara is a stylist who lent Sam a crazy, bright yellow coat to wear to the shows. Sam was skeptical, but this fab coat turned out to be such a crowdpleaser!
  • Take Risks PART 2: Don’t have an invite to a show? Get in line, ask people if they have an extra ticket, ask the people working the doors if you can get in Standing Room Only…just take a deep breath and put yourself out there. I did this and ended up receiving a front row seat from a Vogue editor who didn’t want her seat assignment. She texted me her invite, and we ended up texting back and forth throughout the week!
AFFAIR SS2020 Presentation

For the next week or so, my blog posts will be centered around what I wore to fashion week. Excited to share my looks with you!

Have you been to Fashion Week? What was your experience like?

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. Dorcas
    September 24, 2019 / 2:26 pm

    Wow! I can imagine the aha moments. It is always a joy to tick something off one’s bucket list. I have never been to a fashion show; not really my scene. But, your making it to New York kinda sparked an interest.
    Will be following your journey.
    All the very best.

    • Dominique
      September 24, 2019 / 5:17 pm

      Hi Dorcas! Thanks for your kind note. I bet I could convince you to go to a show with me! LOL! I take the time every single day to give thanks for these opportunities. I can’t believe the life I lead. I’m truly blessed. Blessed to have you read my stuff too. Thank you so much.

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