Before I begin I want to say that I am so incredibly grateful to have had such experiences being backstage at previous fashion shows. I know there are a ton of girls who would love to have been given those opportunities… which is why I am making room for them. This was my last year attending New York Fashion Week.
My first year at NYFW was in 2010 when I was in college. Since I studied fashion, I was presented the opportunity to work a few of the shows, one being BCBGMAXAZRIA. I remember working the door and feeling so fucking cool… even with my worker’s shirt on. As I was finishing help those find their seats, one of the PR girls was freaking out that two seats in the 2nd row were empty. This doesn’t look good for designers and wouldn’t appear nicely in photos captured of the show. Naturally, a friend and I were happy to fill in the gaps. I recall sitting there next to her and listening to her gasp and afterwards say it was one of the coolest moments of her life. I agreed it was cool, but deep down I really didn’t give a shit. I should’ve know at that moment that maybe fashion isn’t my calling.
Fast forward a few years later when I wrote about the models you should follow on Instagram and featured fun GIFS (or as everyone calls them now, boomerangs) of the models backstage. I wrote these articles because I felt like for those like me, who might not be totally inspired by the latest trends, can at least see that there is more to the women who walk the runway and that’s why I enjoyed being backstage vs watching the shows. Without knowing it at the time, I was starting to transition from a fashion blog to more lifestyle content.
When I was backstage at NYFW, I noticed how many of the fresh faced models were just young teenagers. As they innocently snacked on pizza and ice cream popsicles while waiting to have their makeup done, I cringed at the idea of getting into their personal space before the show. The last thing I wanted to do was treat them like they were hunted prey.
I tried to put myself in their shoes (which by the way didn’t look too comfy). I knew if it were me, having my nails done, hair teased, and eyelashes glued on, the last thing I would want to do is give my best pout to a photographer or talk to a reporter.
That’s when I decided to try something different. Since it was truly laughable how crazy it was backstage, I thought the girls could use a good chuckle to lighten things up. While using the cool new app, PHHHOTO, with the models backstage, I was able to capture their natural smiles and we enjoyed a few laughs. I realized walking in with my iphone 5, that I wasn’t going to capture a better shot than another photographer with a big fancy camera; but, I knew I could give my followers an unique inside peek backstage and an original fun teaser that certainly wouldn’t be found on Vogue.com or WWD.
Remember ladies, never take yourself or fashion too seriously… or you miss all the fun! For more spontaneous snaps follow me on Instagram @pinkytoposh
Indie fashion designer, Ebony White, is featured on Rihanna’s new series, “Styled to Rock,” on Bravo. This series is a fashion competition including mentors to help guide the competing designers through the competition process. They include pop singers, Rihanna and Pharrell Williams. Also part of the mentoring team are model, Erin Wasson, as well as, Mel Ottenburg. Ebony was hand-picked by the influential superstar herself, Rihanna, and has the chance of a lifetime. The contestants have the opportunity to design for a different celebrity in each episode. The winner of the competition will be featured in Glamour Magazine, have the opportunity to work with Rihanna’s design team, in addition to winning $100,000 for all their hard work!!!!
Ebony has 15 years of experience in the fashion industry. She has worked for brands as diverse as DKNY, Victoria’s Secret, Calvin Klein, Levi’s, Catherine Malandrino, Emanuel Ungaro, and Juicy Couture. Her designs have been featured in numerous publications both online and off, from Elle Magazine to Style.com and have been worn by celebrities and sold in stores internationally.
Designer, Ebony White, shares deets from Rihanna’s show and why she ROCKS!