September can be considered the “New Year” of fashion. Around that time of year, women trade in their flip-flops for pumps as they flock to Lincoln Center in New York City to watch models strut their stuff down the runway wearing designers’ newest lines. Style bloggers are parked round-the-clock taking pictures of fashionable women and celebrities that are regularly seen hailing a cab all over Manhattan.

Kimberly Ovitz Runway Show at Pier 57

In past seasons, I have kept up with shows via Twitter and the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Youtube channel, but this year, I was lucky enough to actually be in New York during fashion week. It was definitely eye opening and a completely different experience to be in the center of all of the madness. I went back to Marie Claire magazine, my summer internship, to help out. As a thank-you, returning interns were given tickets to shows. I was lucky enough to get a ticket to Kimberly Ovitz’s runway show at Pier 57 as well as a ticket to W118 by Walter Baker’s presentation in Lincoln Center.

W118 by Walter Baker Presentation at Lincoln Center

It was surreal that I was actually attending a show instead of just watching it online. Of course, I tried to get as dressed up as possible to attend the shows but there is no comparison to women who have access to designers such as Zac Posen, Givenchy, Prada and Rag & Bone. From the moment I was within a block of the venue, street style photographers were stopping women, asking them if they can take their picture. Once inside, it was a who’s who of the fashion world. I saw everyone from Linda Fargo, reigning queen bee of Bergdorf Goodman, to the “who wore it better” host for E! News, Robbie Laughlin.

Models up-close at the Walter Baker Presentation

The show and presentation were both absolutely spectacular. The women strutted down the Kimberly Ovitz runway wearing a multitude of flesh tone peasant-style frocks. W118 by Walter Baker, however, was a completely different story. The models were standing in a “V” formation with pin-straight hair, bedazzled headphones and colorful clothing. Instead of being full outfits, Walter Baker’s spring 2013 line is very piece-driven, giving his customers the option to mix and match different pieces to create their own looks rather than going by looks he already pre-determined. People were crammed on top of each other, all trying to take pictures of each of the models.

The day after the shows, I went onto, the go-to for all fashion magazines, and saw the runway pictures of both shows. It was an incredible feeling to know that I was there when those models were wearing those looks instead of just seeing everything on the Internet. Although the week involved long hours at the office helping the fashion assistant prepare packets for the editors’ shows, it was very rewarding to be able to attend both a runway show and presentation and see everything firsthand.