New York Fashion Week is never not hectic. The overcrowded schedule of shows, appointments and parties is something curator and critic Kimberly Drew is well versed in. Known in the art world for her work that highlights and uplifts artists of color, Drew is also a regular contributor to top publications and the author of two books. A much sought-after model to boot, the multi-hyphenate often sits front row on some of the biggest runways in the industry. Art and fashion have always gone hand in hand,” she says of her life spanning two worlds. “I am fortunate to be a member of both communities.”
A fashion insider, Drew has discovered how to not only survive but thrive during this marathon week. Her formula for success starts with a strong outfit, like her head-to-toe Kate Spade look, moments of self-care (yes, even on the go!), and leaning on moments of spontaneity. ELLE spoke to Drew to get her tips and tricks for staying cool and looking cool during fashion week.
Customize with bold prints
Rather than worrying about what to wear, Drew is decisive about her appearance and gets straight to work: “There’s nothing like a bold print to get you up, out of bed and on your way”, she says – and Kate Spade is the perfect fit. For her busy day, she went for green plaid pants and a matching blazer with a navy and pink cardigan underneath for contrast. The combination is true to Drew’s duality as an insider in the fashion and art worlds. “It felt like executive realness and just something really chic in honor of fashion week,” Drew says. “This outfit definitely satisfies both sides of my life!”
Trust your teammates
The best thing about fashion week? For Drew, it bumps into industry friends, like ELLE senior market editor Sarah Zendejas, and takes the time to catch up. Sharing a quick meal full of laughter is a welcome break from the day and offers a chance to recharge. “I love everything from a casual hello to a long dinner with a friend you haven’t seen all summer,” she says. “It really makes the week really good.”
Hydrate and repeat
Every basic survival strategy revolves around two things: food and water. Stopping in for a meal and a quick catch up with friends might take care of the food part, but when it comes to water intake, Drew is serious about its impact on her day. “Three quick rules for fashion week: hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more,” she says. To make sure she never gets dehydrated, Drew carries a water bottle and makes it a point to take sips throughout the day.
keep your guard up
With a show schedule that can take Drew anywhere from SoHo to the Upper East Side to Brooklyn, all within the span of an afternoon, the easiest way is never to come by car. “I love a yellow taxi in theory, but you don’t get there on time,” she says. “Take it from a Bed-Stuy girl, don’t underestimate the subway.” And while Drew likes to have enough wiggle room in her schedule so she’s never rushed, she knows she can never fully predict life (or New York City’s transit). So stylish flats are an important part of the look, so she can run down the stairs or chase a train just before the doors close. “My schedule and my shoes are always in cahoots,” she adds.
Attending shows and events is part of Drew’s job that she takes seriously, but it doesn’t mean that all day is just business and no fun. “Finding moments for silliness and playfulness is the most powerful aspect of what it means to not only be creative, but stay creative,” she says. “It’s a non-negotiable for me.” A short dance and photo break with street style photographer Tyler Joe and Oscar Nñ, founder of Papi Juice, is a great way for her to stretch her limbs and release the tension of running around all afternoon. After Joe takes his pictures, Drew is going to finish her day – with a big smile on her face and a cute outfit, of course.
Photographer: Tyler Joe; cinematographer: Steven Mastorelli; hair and makeup: Allie J; stylist: Sachiko Clyde; creative producer and director: Hannah Miller; production manager: Anne Ritz
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