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How to Go to Fashion Week on the Internet

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Be a teenager in Modesto, California. Have a blog: Spend your free time hearting posts, hyping on and watching Cassavetes movies with your bisexual pizza delivery boyfriend.

Take a break from scanning an old pile of dELiA*s catalogues to check out fashion week on the Internet. Make GIFs of runway looks and ‘90s television commercials you found on YouTube. Post them. Watch one comparing Proenza Schouler accessories to Yikes! pencils go viral. Get 20,000 new followers.

Be contacted by the fashion brand Rodarte. They’ll tell you they’re working on a Rodarte for Kmart capsule collection. It’s contemporary basics line inspired by Kmart realist writers and the bleakness of California style. They say they’re big fans of your blog and want to have you involved, that you know how to talk to their audience, and that they’ve even included a skort as one of their key pieces.

They’ll ask if you’ll edit a guest blog for them at Kmart’s website. Agree to it. Name it Kmart Realness, and produce content in a RuPaul meets Raymond Carver voice until the line launches.

Get invited to the high-end Rodarte runway show in New York. Use all your birthday money for a flight, crash with a distant relative of your boyfriend’s in Queens. Arrive at the gallery; it’s packed. Be shoved closely behind Garance Dore, become nearly suffocated by her hair. When you finally reach the girl with the list, you’re directed over to “standing” – a line of noticeably less attractive people. Watch everyone you’ve seen on the Internet breeze by to his or her seat, in streamlined silhouettes, immaculately groomed. See Kirsten Dunst and Natalie Portman, conclude they were just born with a different kind of oxygen around them. Feel like you’re in special ed class.

Be hopeful but guarded. It’ll prep you for when the girl with the list says to your line, “Ladies and gentleman, I’m sorry to say this but we’re at capacity. Thank you for coming, but at this point there is no room and absolutely nothing we can do about it.”


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    • emma harrison

      I love this.

      • kelley hoffman

        thank you!

    • adamhump

      sweet, I want to read more about NY fash

      • kelley hoffman

        cool, i want to write more!

    • Erik Stinson

      glad i have three options

      • kelley hoffman

        love options.

    • Madison Moore


      • kelley hoffman



      seems condescending.

      • kelley hoffman

        must suffer for fashion.

      • feist

        This wasn't condescending at all. A condescending article would say something like “Think you are Anna Wintour simply because you bought a dress on sale at Modcloth and posted a picture of it on the internet” or something like that. The author actually makes fashion blogging sound credible, which is pretty surprising.

    • too rude magazine

      HAVENT READ THIS YET BUT IM SO STOKED TO. fashion week on the internet = STORY OF MY LIFE.

      • kelley hoffman

        yes! let me know what you think!

    • too rude magazine

      HAVENT READ THIS YET BUT IM SO STOKED TO. fashion week on the internet = STORY OF MY LIFE.

    • Butt

      oh you mean tavi?

    • erin pea

      ok so i finally read this and loved it, as predicted by a quick glance at the title. love & respect to all the fashion websites/mags you've written for. impressed and way more credible than tavi, yikes! pencils and olivia palermo all rolled into one.

      • kelley hoffman

        yikes! pencils meets olivia palermo –> amazing

    • Nan

      after reading this i felt the same as when i would watch SATC before it became anathema. Thats a compliment actually.

    • Dee

      can someone please hurry up and make ?

      • kelley hoffman

        has been registered, content to come

    • zbird

      SO GOOD

    • face cloud

      Oh my god. Had 'Koyaanisqatsi:Grid' driving me through this dizzying leminscate of hyperspeed Realness. Felt like I was time traveling. Fuck Yeah Free Mantra. This is good, Kellz. Top Speed, Top Speed but steadied by microtones. TUNE, girl!

      • kelley hoffman

        thanks face cloud! top speend comment action!!

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