New York Fashion Week: The Lessons I Learned + Growth

That's a wrap! 7 days of non-stop fashion, runways, inspiration, events, and more! This New York Fashion Week has been so eye-opening for me, and I've been reflecting for the past couple of days. This is the third Fashion Week that I've actively participated in: working shows, attending shows and events. And, I must say the third time really is a charm. 


Last September Fashion Week I came up from school to work ESSENCE's Street Style Block Party and attended my first show. The next Fashion Week in February I had an amazing opportunity to work behind-the-scenes and be a venue assistant. This Fashion Week I don't know what I didn't do. In the office, I handled packages for my boss, who's Laura Brown, the editor-in-chief of InStyle in preparation for the shows. When I left I was collecting Street Style for Fashion Bomb Daily—read one of my pieces here. I also got to attend shows and I attended a plethora of events. I barely worked backstage like I did last season because of my lack of time. The one day I did try and work my body completely shut down. Here, I learned that it's ok to rest and not aways be on GO. 


One of the number one lessons I learned is to speak up. For one, I wouldn't be in the position I'm in now if I didn't constantly speak up and say what I wanted. But, in this case I really learned how important it is. I got to attend one of the hottest star-studded shows, Philipp Plein. Future, Nicki Minaj, Teyana Taylor and Yo Gotti are just a few A-listers who performed. When I was on my way out Fabulous walked right past me, and I said to myself, "Wow, I'm really here." At this event is where it hit me that I am exactly where I'm supposed to be.


Back to the message—I stress the importance of speaking up because I simply asked someone about attending this show in the office and they gave me their ticket. This is someone who I greet everyday and always crack a smile at, but this just goes to show you that the small things really do matter because she could've easily said she had no idea what was going on with the show. 

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I said to one of my friends the next day that there were so many celebs there that I felt like I shouldn't be there. She said, "If you were there, you were supposed to be there." This stuck with me, because I needed to hear that not only for Fashion Week, but for my life. I often doubt myself or ask myself how I end up so blessed with opportunity, and that was my response to it all. I'm supposed to be exactly where I am at. 

Thank you guys for continuously following my journey! 


Asia Milia 

I am wearing a Forever 21 kimono, H&M jeans, Zeleste Co. bag

Thank you to Zeleste for supplying me with all of my bags for Fashion Week! 

Photos by Micaela