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Cynthia Bailey's Fashion Week Dos and Don'ts

The #RHOA model and businesswoman reveals how to make it in NYC for #NYFW. 

By Cynthia Bailey

New York Fashion Week is upon us! And in order to bring you everything from the runway looks to the hottest after parties, we're turning to Bravolebs and fashion insiders for their knowledge about the annual pilgrimage to the Big Apple. 

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The things that help me survive New York Fashion Week are water and snacks (cashews, energy bars, fruit), [my] cell phone and regular charger, a portable charger, the Empire Hotel (to recharge [my] phone, to take a potty break, and to have a glass of wine), flat shoes (a pair of ballerina flats or flip flops), and a car service or Uber. You will not be able to get a taxi. Trust me, I know!

There is no better seat than front row! OK maybe second row is doable… The biggest disaster [at Fashion Week] is either falling on the runway, or your boob popping out of your outfit and you have no idea it’s out. Never eat food if you are seated in the front row. Most of the time front row is being photographed and you don't want to get caught biting into a Big Mac!
I try to have a big breakfast because it's a long day with a lot of ripping and running. Eggs, bacon, and pancakes! Most of time, I end up skipping lunch. I think it's fine to wear the designer’s clothes to his [or her] show. You are at the show because you love his [or her] clothes. Betsy Johnson shows are always fabulous, entertaining and fun to watch. There is always a fun theme and great energy. I walked in her show a couple of seasons ago, and had a blast! One of the hottest tickets is always the Marc Jacobs show. Everyone want to see his show.

I love walking in shows. My favorite Fashion Week moment was walking in the Runway Red show for heart disease. I love ripping the runway for a great cause. The most surprising thing about Fashion Week is how exhausting it can be to run to shows all day. It is a lot of work. —As told to Emily Exton

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