Avril Mair, Harper's Bazaar and Julia Engel, Gal Meets Glam share NYFW Insider Tips

New York Fashion Week Survival Guide with Avril Mair and Julia Engel

Fashionistas of all makes and models are descending upon New York Fashion Week starting February 6th. We’ve tapped Avril Mair, the Fashion Director for Harper’s Bazaar UK, and luxe style blogger Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam to bring you the low-down on the essentials necessary to get you through the week with olympic level grace and style no matter what mother nature has in store for us. Shop Avril & Julia’s top picks after the interview!

Your travel packing strategy:

AVRIL: I’d love to be one of those people who plans out looks for each day, snaps reference shots on their iPhone and then packs the lot in tissue paper. I’m not. I’ll lay everything I like out on the bed the night before I fly, then shove as much as I can into my biggest suitcase.

JULIA: Lots of Layers—classic staples that can be worn various ways.

What’s in your handbag on the go?

AVRIL: An array of technology (two iPhones, chargers, battery packs), a Smythson notebook, a jumble of Chanel makeup, a very specific Muji pen, Ibuprofen, chewy vitamins plus my credit card so I can seize any shopping opportunities.

JULIA: iPhone, iPad, backup charger, snacks, wallet, camera, lipstick, ray ban aviators, gum, notebook

Essential energy food or drink?

AVRIL: Black coffee in the morning, as much as possible.

JULIA: I’m vegan and gluten free, so lots of fruits and veggies. I like starting my morning off with a green juice and coffee.

Celebratory champagne, martini, or both?

AVRIL: Both. I’m British; we’ll have a drink at any time.

JULIA: I’m more of a champagne girl!

Three fashion week essentials:

AVRIL: My flat lace-up Saint Laurent boots (nobody can run around in heels for a month), a black leather Anya Hindmarch fashion week organiser (otherwise I lose all my tickets by 10am) and my driver on speed dial.

JULIA: For fashion week in February: a beautiful (and warm) coat, over the knee boots, and my Fendi 2Jours handbag.

Fashion Week Essentials: what's in your bag?

1. Fendi 2Jours Tote | 2. Miu Miu Sunglasses | 3. Bottled Water | 4. Cold Pressed Juice | 5. Chanel Makeup | 6. YSL Ankle Boots | 7. Anya Hindmarch Organizer

Psst… stay tuned to @TheLowellHotel on Instagram this week as Avril takes over behind the scenes of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and Julia comes to us next week with exclusive coverage of her fashionable stay at The Lowell New York!