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on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I just finished scrolling through my email to check on the day seat assignments and to fire off a few last minute invitation requests. As a photo shoot stylist, it as thrilling to check out what everyone around me is wearing as it is to see the clothes on the runway. Ideas are everywhere, from new combinations of colors, patterns and accessories to interesting ways to play with proportions and layers. Sure there are the crazies in costumes who come just to pose for the cameras, and the self promoting fashionistas crossing the plaza with a faux frenzied door dash, albeit in slow mo to adjust for various shutter speeds. But there are far more who are there for the sheer love of fashion. They purposeful about what they wearing, and that where I learn the most. Because I love purses, I also make mental notes of the latest bags among major fashion editors and Upper East Side fashionistas. (Trapeze trumped Birkin this season.)And just when all the trends and hems start to swirl together, I see something so incredible, so stunning, so well crafted that I want to run through the streets, high heels be damned, shouting, must wear this! the time I arrived in the city t ugg wedges his Febr ugg wedges uary, fashion week was already underway. When I first started attending in 2006, I used to hurry to the press credentialing office on Day 1, eager for the opportunity to snag one of the official media swag bags giant totes laden with a random assortment of freebies. Past scores included wine, makeup, underwear and an iron. Those vanished around 2008, though, so I switched my attendance to the latter half of the week to take advantage of an even better score: my coveted invitation to the Ralph Lauren runway show, which always takes place on fashion week final day. Held in an intimate downtown gallery each year, the front rows of this show are always a who who of every major fashion magazine, and the clothes are always, always breathta ugg wedges king. (This year, which also marked the debut of a new, casual line called Polo, was no exception.) Seeing Anna, Grace and company is always a thrill, and last February, I had the loveliest chat with Joe Zee, creative director of ELLE Magazine. The best part, of course, is when Ralph Lauren himself walks the runway after the final model, waving graciously to his adoring audience and stopping to grasp the hands of friends and family to thank them personally for their support. All the shows are thrilling, but above all else, I love having the chance to meet the designers who are creating these beautiful garments while also trying to build and sustain a business. Creative types are everywhere even attending the shows. Mendel spring/summer collection blew my mind. I got to try on an intricately handcrafted couture piece from a beautiful and talented young designer from Qatar, Wadha Al Hajri, who was showing her collection at The White Space, a stark, light filled studio that belongs to Justine ugg wedges and Jeff Koons (yes, that Jeff Koons). After the Wes Gordon show, I was able to tuck backstage and meet Gordon himself, who is both a creative genius and a true gentleman. One afternoon, I took a giant freight elevator to the second floor of a Chelsea gallery for the Joie presentation, and I still can figure out how I got lucky enough to spend so much time with the man behind the entire brand, Serge Azria. I learned about his inspiration for the new collection different neighborhoods in France and chit chatted with him about the beauty of Dubrovnik and when he launch a handbag line. They make me better able to represent and interpret this fabulous art form visually and in writing, and they affirm my respect and admiration for all those who dedicate their lives to creating style.