Fashion Month has officially kicked off, with New York Fashion Week up first. But across four weeks of nonstop shows, presentations, and travel plans ahead, what are the key gadgets and essentials Vogue editors swear by—beyond just beautiful clothes?
When running in-between shows, especially while the dog days of summer are still lingering, one inevitably needs a beauty touch-up (or two) throughout the day. Whether it’s keeping your skin protected with a La Roche-Posay sunscreen, keeping your sweat in check with Megababe Rosy Pits’ natural deodorant, or topping it all off with a fresh fragrance, a few on-hand beauty essentials are vital.
For others on the team, the most important gadgets are used at the start of the day, when quick and healthy breakfasts are critical to enduring show days. That’s why Creative Director, Sally Singer, always packs her Magic Bullet mini-blender when traveling abroad, whereas Senior Fashion News Writer, Emily Farra plans to put her Smeg juicer to good use and combat unhealthy eating temptations during show season.
Understandably, the must-have tech accessory among Vogue staffers is carrying an external battery pack at all times. The last thing anyone wants to happen is to lose power during critical moments, whether it's recording an interview, writing a show review, or capturing a moment on the catwalk. Fortunately, there are battery packs pre-attached to phone cases available, or you can opt for a cute and playful avocado-shaped version (as suggested by Fashion News Director, Chioma Nnadi).
The bottom line: even if you’re not attending fashion week, consider our guide as your packing resource for your next trip to New York, London, Milan, or Paris (and beyond). After all, when you're regularly traveling across four cities in four different time zones, there are plenty of tips and tricks our editors can offer for efficient traveling and multitasking on-the-go around the year.
Below, shop all the tech, beauty, and lifestyle essentials that help Vogue editors actually survive fashion week—time and time again.
Sally Singer, Creative Director
I always pack a Magic Bullet mini-blender and individual serving packs of vanilla protein powder from Clean. When I land in London, Milan and Paris I stock the mini bar immediately with almond milk and berries. Breakfast sorted.
I love to give my hair a weekly deep conditioning mask, even when traveling. (Comb through, write a Vogue Runway review, rinse.) Right now my favorite is the Renaissance Circle by Davines (in convenient no-mess, carry-on sachets).
Allie Michler, Director, Fashion Development
I am religious about sun protection, so I always have my SPF50 from La Roche-Posay. It has a little tint so it works well for touch-ups on sunny afternoons. My other essential is the Happy Not Perfect app by my friend Poppy Jamie. Even ten minutes of short meditation between shows in the back a taxi works wonders for the mind!
Anny Choi, Market Editor
My must-have item during fashion month is this Belkin power bank that I always have in my bag as well as an international adapter for Paris. You are constantly on the go, working remotely from your phone– and Instagramming of course!– so having your phone die on you mid-day, middle of nowhere, is a show-goer's worst nightmare!
Jenna Rennert, Beauty Editor
Pouches are essential for running around during fashion week, especially when backstage covering the beauty looks. Inside there's usually a set of Airpods, a mini notebook and a small bottle of perfume—right now I'm obsessed with Le Labo's Vanille 44 for Fall! And when I need to look good in a pinch, I'll grab my multi-tasking stick, like Nudestix's all-over color, and dab it on my eyelids, cheekbones and lips for an instant pick me up.
Steff Yotka, Fashion News Editor
If you’re still using a notebook, you better be writing with a Pilot G2 extra fine pen!
Chioma Nnadi, Fashion News Director
I am totally lost without my digital recorder during Fashion Week, it's the one thing I always keep at the bottom of my bag. My handwriting is really terrible, so writing my own notes won't do when I'm backstage getting a quick quote from a designer. I also couldn't live without extra charge for my iPhone, and when it comes to tech gadgets I'm a sucker for something cute and fun. Give me an avocado-shaped battery any day of the week! To boost my energy levels physically, I rely on Lumity's day and night supplements. They keep my hair and skin from looking deadly when I'm surviving on only a few hours of sleep.
Brooke Bobb, Senior Fashion News Writer
This season, my trifecta of must-have fashion week items include a sustainably-minded ceramic mug from Porter, a battery case for my iPhone, and Megababe Rosy Pits natural deodorant. The mug and case keep me fueled, physically and technologically-speaking, while the natural deodorant helps combat the inevitable sweating that comes with running to and from shows and appointments, especially on those dog days of summer during fashion week.
Emily Farra, Senior Fashion News Writer
When you're running around for 10 days straight, morning til night, you need SPF! My favorite tinted moisturizer from Beautycounter has SPF 20 built in, which saves a step in the morning. I'm also trying to eat really healthy this season—it's particularly hard when you're sleep-deprived and constantly rushed! And in a dream world, I'd bring a homemade green juice on the go in my giant Swell bottle.
Willow Lindley, Accessories Director
My number one accessory for fashion month is a good travel pouch. Perfect for keeping essentials organized while swapping in and out of different handbags, they also are great for packing and do triple duty as last minute clutches if need be. Cuyana even has a little headphone specific one to match! A well-ordered bag is the key to a clear mind.
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