We Sent a High Schooler to Fashion Week: Her Honest First-Hand Account

As the editor at Who What Wear who works on our Ask A Stylist series, I get more than my fair share of emails from young women looking for guidance on how they can upgrade their personal style for everything from job interviews to weddings to date nights. But I recently got an email from a 17-year-old girl named Tess Tobin that read as follows: 

I come to you seeking your advise on the impossible: getting into a New York Fashion Week show. You see, my birthday happens to coincide with Fashion Week, and therefore every year I have tried to get my hands on the incredibly elusive tickets, and every year I have failed (rather miserably I might add). I am not naive to the fact that most designers aren't particularly keen on giving up one of their precious seats for an unknown 17-year-old girl, especially one who cannot pay an exuberant amount of cash. I am well aware that the task ahead is Herculean, but I don't care, I will do anything to get under those tents. So, please, help a fellow fashion fanatic out and steer me in the right direction. Thanks!

Having just relocated to Los Angeles from New York, my NYFW invites were still pouring in, and with each one my heart getting more and more crushed, I felt that if I couldn't be the one to enjoy The S/S 15 collections of Clover Canyon, Jill Stuart, Rebecca Taylor, and beyond, then someone should get to. Tess seemed like the perfect candidate, so I sent her in my stead to several shows this week. What follows is her honest first-hand account of her experience.

Keep reading to see what happened when 17-year-old Tess went to her first Fashion Week!