So here I am, off to New York fashion week for only my third season ever and feeling like a total vet and positively put upon by the unmanageable number of invites I’ve received. Nevermind that a mere two seasons ago I was beside myself with joy upon receiving press credentials and invites to a total of three fashion shows. I had no idea what I was in for: how a presentation was different from a runway show, if I would be granted a seat, ever, or if I would have foot pain (there will always be foot pain).
Now I sit on a plane to New York noticing this smug feeling about the whole fashion week thing. And I have to remind myself that that for the past dozen-ish years I wrote about science and technology, which has very little in common with fashion. I’m still pretty much a newbie outsider. Not only am I new to this beat, I live in San Francisco, not a fashion capitals of the world.
Luckily, as a journalist, I’m accustomed to learning new things. I’m a perpetual dilettante. I never studied science but I wrote about genetics, stem cell research, and other science-y stuff for more than a decade. Even as a science writer at Wired I was on the outside, the one pitching the wacky story about human caviar rather than the slightly more crowd-pleasing latest Apple gadget. (And I’m newly back in a similar though much more fast-paced situation as a science contributor at Gizmodo.)
But, perhaps because it’s become normal for me, I like being an outsider.
Whether it’s a particle physicist explaining his quantum computer or a clothing designer sending knee-highs with heels down the runway (which is weirder? You decide!) I eagerly turn my eyes, ears and keyboard in their direction.
Tomorrow at the Lucky FABB blogger conference and I’ll be out of my element once again with what I’m imaging might be a room full of twenty-something (teenage?) fashion bloggers. I’m pretty good at acting younger than my age though (read: I am immature). Diane von Furstenberg will be there, which is super exciting. The Kardashians will also be there, which is weird. In any case, I’ll keep you posted right here so stay tuned!