New York Fashion Week is never without excitement. The dense schedule of performances, appointments, and parties is something that excites managers and critics alike. Kimberly Drew very familiar with. Known in the art world for his work that highlights and elevates artists of color, Drew is also a frequent contributor to leading publications and the author of two books. An on-demand model to boot, multi-hyphen is often at the forefront at some of the biggest runways in the industry. Art and fashion go hand in hand,” she says of her life between the two worlds. “I feel fortunate to be part of both communities.”
As a fashionista, Drew has found a way to not only survive but thrive this marathon week. Her formula for success starts with a healthy outfit, such as from head to toe Kate Spade look, self-care moments (yes, even on the go!), and lean on moments of nature. ELLE Catch up with Drew for her tips and tricks to stay in shape – and look stylish during fashion week.
Suitable for electric prints
Instead of worrying about what to wear, Drew decided on her look and ran to the ground: “There’s nothing like a bold print to get you up, out of bed, and on the go,” she said – and Kate Spade is a perfect fit. For her crowded day, she went with green plaid trousers and a blazer jacket paired with a pink and navy cardigan layered underneath for contrast. This combination is true to Drew’s duality as a person in the world of fashion and art. “It’s a real moderator feel and something really chic to celebrate fashion week,” says Drew. “This outfit definitely pleases both sides of my life!”
Rely on your teammates
The best part of fashion week? For Drew, it happened to meet industry friends, like ELLE Senior market editor Sarah Zendejas, and take the time to catch up. Sharing a quick meal filled with laughter is a respite from the day and offers an opportunity to recharge. “I like everything from casual greetings to long dinners with a friend you haven’t seen all summer,” she says. “It really makes the week pretty tasty.”
Hydrate and repeat
Any basic survival strategy revolves around two things: food and water. Stopping in for a meal and a quick hangout with friends might take care of the food portion, 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 further,” she says. To make sure she never gets dry skin, Drew carries a bottle of water and makes it a sip throughout her day.
Stay on your toes
With a show schedule that can take Drew anywhere from SoHo to the Upper East Side to Brooklyn, all in an afternoon, the easiest way is to never take a car. “In theory, I’d prefer a yellow cab, but it won’t get you there on time,” she said. “Take it from a Bed-Stuy gala, don’t despise the subway.” And while Drew likes to have enough wiggle room in her schedule so she’s never in a hurry, she knows she can never fully anticipate life (or City transit). New York). So fashion apartments are an important part of the look, so she can run downstairs or chase a train right before the door closes. “My schedule and my shoes are always in a pinch,” she added.
Attending concerts and events is part of Drew’s job that she values, but doesn’t mean the whole day is just work and no fun. “Finding moments of silliness and playfulness is the most powerful aspect of what it means to be not only creative, but always creative,” she says. “It’s non-negotiable for me.” Quick jump and take pictures with a street style photographer Tyler Joe and Oscar Nfounder of Papi juice, is a great way for her to stretch her arms and legs and relieve all the stress from running around all afternoon. After Joe captures the shots, Drew ends her day — with a big smile and a cute outfit, of course.