Surviving NYFW With Fashion Editor Chrissy Rutherford

With over 100 shows and presentations across 10 days, New York is arguably the most manic of fashion weeks. For a fashion editor jumping from show to show whilst also writing stories, changing outfits and finding time to eat seems virtually impossible. We asked Senior Fashion Editor Chrissy Rutherford at Harper’s Bazaar to reveal how she copes and what she’ll be wearing… 

How do you prepare for New York Fashion Week?

Fashion week is a really hectic time, so I definitely prepare by relaxing as much as possible over the holiday weekend, and the days leading up to the kick-off. I usually get a little bit of a sense of what I will wear—but this season I’m really going to try to plan out each and every look to make life a little bit easier.

What’s in your bag over NYFW?

Most importantly, lots of snacks. A battery pack for my cell, mints, headphones, lipgloss and red lipstick in case I need an easy day-to-night transition.

Can you talk us through your average day at NYFW?

After waking up I check my emails and post something to our Instagram account. I’ll edit party coverage from the night before and get that online as quickly as possible. I might search for some more Instagram inspiration to post throughout the day. Then I’ll get ready and head out the door, and will usually be in back to back shows for the day. If something newsy happens during a show – like a supermodel return to the runway – I’ll report back to my team, or write up a quick post from my phone and send it in.

Where do you go to escape the craziness over fashion week?

Usually my apartment! I live downtown and it’s pretty easy to duck back home to get a little work done or have a quick meal.

How does New York differ from the other fashion weeks?

Well New York is my home base, so it always kind of feels like the first week back at school after summer break. It’s great running into people and catching up with industry friends.

What shows are you most looking forward to?

Alexander Wang has always been one of my favourite designers and his shows are what make me most excited. It’s always something different, so you never know what to expect!

What are you expecting to see on the catwalks?

The spring collections are always my favourite. I’m hoping to see a lot of white, it’s my favourite thing to wear when the weather is warm. I also think that orange might be a really big colour next season, we’ve already been seeing a bit of it the last few months.  

Talk us through some of your NYFW picks?

I really operate from a place of instinct – I just know what I like when I see it. My style is a little bit all over the place – some days I want to dress a little sexy, some days I want to dress like a tomboy. Lately my style has been a little more classic though. I love the idea of just wearing a great pair of high-waisted jeans with a simple blouse and then some really fun shoes to give it a bit of personality. When I feel like making a statement, I love bold suiting.


Shop Chrissy’s NYFW edit here…