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If you’ve ever attended Fashion Week in the city-that-never-sleeps, you know it’s as hectic and grueling as it is glamorous, particularly in the winter. Expect more crowds and traffic than usual (it’s possible), snow on the ground, sweltering spotlights and chaos inside the shows. Note to self: leave the restrictive suits and stilettos as home.

But don’t let our pitch dissuade you – New York Fashion Week is an event not to be missed. Follow our essentials guide and you’ll look and feel like a veteran right out of the gate.

Prada Boots

Women’s Prada Ankle Boot

New this season, and following the lug sole trend, these boots are functional and fashion-conscious. Pair with skinny jeans or tights and a casual dress. Available at Prada on 5th Avenue and here.

4-In-One Lens for iPhone

4-In-1 iPhone Lens

Unless you have to carry around a bulky camera (hi), why not one up the tech crew by turning your phone into a professional image taker? You’re welcome. Available at the MoMa stores and their site.

Acne Studios College Slo Jo Sweatshirt

Acne Studios College Slo Jo Sweatshirt

That go-to piece for guys that’s comfortable, warm and fashion forward. Throw on a wool overcoat and some fresh kicks and you’ll look runway ready. Grab a few at one of the Acne Studios stores or here.

Kith Danika Bomber

Kith Women Danika Bomber

We know you’re going to check out Kith while you’re in town, then walk across the street to the new Kith Women’s store. It’s already a city staple, as is Ronnie Fieg as is this jacket. Dress it up or down – how NYC of you. Pick one up at Kith Women or online.

Common Projects Achilles Mid

Common Projects Achilles Mid Sneakers

Sometimes people feel the need to go all out at Fashion Week. Unless you’re donning something straight from the runways, we suggest otherwise. These classic kicks, that are more like a shoe, are the way to go. Purchase at Dover Street Market or their site.

Jason Markk Quick Wipes
Jason Markk Quick Wipes

You knew this was coming. Two words: snow + dirt. These are the best in the biz to keep your shoes and kicks clean just before heading into the shows. Available at Reed Space in the city and multiple sites

Ole Henriksen Face Cleansing Wipes

Ole Henriksen Face Cleansing Wipes

While we’re on the topic, your face is important too. It’s cold outside, but between the crowds and lights at the shows, one can get overheated pretty quickly. Head to the bathroom and get it together. For men and women. Sold at Sephora stores and online.

Smoke X Mirrors Sunglasses

Smoke X Mirrors Sunglasses

NYC created, French crafted and unisex, these are one of the hottest brands out there right now. Perk of Fashion Week #1: Totally acceptable to keep glasses on at the shows. It either means you’re famous or were partying till 6am. Available at Intermix and online.

LOreal Infallible 16-hour Eyeliner

L’Oreal Infallible 16-hour Eyeliner 

Random? Not really. We swear by this stuff. You’ll be at shows all day and you’re not going to want to reapply your makeup inside those bathrooms – trust us. Sold at Duane Reade stores or any pharmacy, really.

Vianel Suede Baseball CapVianel Suede Baseball Cap

There’s something about a really good-looking suede cap on a guy….to block out glare from the runways. They’re also warm but cool enough to leave on inside. Found at Barneys and here.

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray

Blistering weather outside + drying heat inside = thirsty skin. Spray right on top of your  makeup. For men and women. Found at Sephora and online.

Frame Denim

Frame Denim 

If you haven’t worn Frame yet, you’re missing out. Not too thick or thin, some stretch, a variety of colors and rips or no rips. That’s five outfits right there. Available for men and women at Bergdorf Goodman and their site.

snacks

Snacks from Juice Press

With the beloved Organic Avenue locations closed for good (RIP), might we suggest the Juice Press. Grab your daily green and a bunch of healthy things to nibble on before heading to the venues. You may not have time to try that trendy restaurant in between shows. Multiple locations.

Opening Ceremony Izzy Mini Suede Backpack

Opening Ceremony Izzy Mini Suede Backpack

It’s a bucket bag and a backpack. It’s not too big or small and it’s suede. What’s in your bag? Oh, everything. Available at Opening Ceremony and online.