Day in the Life During -17 Degree Weather

It is also my day in the life during fashion week!

At 6:45 a.m. I wake up and contemplate whether or not today is the day I will finally wash my hair. I think it’s Sunday, but I have lost the ability to decipher between days. The good news: my loyal boyfriend (last name: TV, first name: Apple) bestowed me with the Valentines gift of unwatched episodes of Broad City and High MaintenanceI also ate candy for dinner.

7:00 a.m. I double check that everything is good to go for the 9 a.m. post which is Leandra’s Altuzarra review. Man was that a beautiful collection. I decide washing my hair is probably not going to happen once I check the forecast and discover that if you venture outdoors your eyeballs will freeze into glass. Thanks for the update, Cupertino.

I decide that tights are suitable pants and that with 3 pair of socks and two coats I should be okay. I kind of look like this:


Except that instead of a red jumpsuit it’s a dress my mom wore to a school dance back in the 1800s and/or the 1970s.


Feeling very Inherent Vice minus the muttonchops. The wind pushed me all the way to the train.


My first show was Hood by Air  at noon, which continuously remains a favorite each season. To be frank, it is rare to see something entirely new at any of these shows, especially with this appropriation of the 1970s that has proliferated the past few seasons as we continue to recycle old forms and slightly modernize them. Shayne Oliver, HBA’s creative director, has a refreshing talent for taking the familiar and flipping it upside down and inside out to a point of being unrecognizable. He used denim, leather, khaki and fur and the models wore stockings pulled over their faces. It was indecipherable which were male and which were female, and it didn’t matter.

Around 12:45 p.m. I make my way out onto Wall street only to find my eyeballs doing that frozen thing. Cool choice on the eerie unfinished industrial space HBA, but the lack of insulation posed a problem on this frigid day.

1:00 p.m. At DKNY the girls wore white monikered athletic socks with chunky flatforms and the collection had a lot of strong tailoring and menswear-inspired pieces. Ke$ha was there, and has oddly been at a lot of shows– does she have a comeback I am unaware of?

1:45 p.m. I walk out into the frozen tundra of 26th street. Trying not to cry as my phalanges feel like icicles that could snap off at any second, I am greeted by the jovial, smiling Bill Cunningham sporting his signature blue anorak and no gloves, I repeat, NO gloves. He truly is a superhuman.


Meanwhile, I am hiding in a bodega on 10th avenue in an attempt to warm up. I stay for so long that I feel awkward and buy a pack of gum.

2:30 p.m. I prep imagery for Amelia’s Derek Lam review and Leandra’s post chronicling Public school, Hood by Air and Tim Coppens.  I make sure everything is good to go for the Lacoste and Dion Lee review and then set up Leon Bridges’ closet post and have about 7 day dreams in which he serenades me.

Though I fall into a black hole and lose all sense of time and space during fashion week, I do manage to see my typically-elusive friends who also work in fashion because our schedules finally align. I grab coffee with my friend Cleo around 4:30 in her break between shows and then later go to dinner with my British friend Mod who is here for work. It is a divine reunion of sorts.

Around 8:45 p.m., Mod and I head to the Opening Ceremony presentation which was a photo show from Spike Jonze’s never-before-seen archives. Leave it to OC to outdo its own hipness each season. I arrive fashionably late (the presentation is from 8:00-10:00) only to learn the models were fashionably early. They came out for a blip of time and then vanished. Crap. I ran into a friend who had shot beautiful images of the show and I scrolled through her photos in the middle of the photo gallery. It was very meta.

The clothes had a signature OC panache and embraced its partnership with Kodak through garments emblazoned with the camera company’s logo. The clothes felt easy, as did Jonze’s candid, offbeat, youthful moments he captured on film.

At 9 p.m., a change of pace. We met up with our friend who has been covering NBA All-Star Week and went to some NBA party with the hope that (according to rumors Drake would be there.) Never found out. I decide once we arrive at the club that I do not want to get out of the comfortable, warm car. I drop my friends off, disregard Uber’s price surge and ride alllll the way home.

12:00 a.m. I check my e-mail. My Uber receipt arrived. You would think the car was made of gold and was filled with champagne given what they were charging. Screw New York for having a windchill of -17 degrees and screw the L train for weekend service changes. I’m watching TV and going to bed. Tomorrow begins another fashion week day.

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  • Oof that Uber price tag is not so fun, but then again neither is waiting for the L Train to come when it’s freezing and there’s pretty much zero service. When Bushwick backfires……

    Like your mama’s dress though <3

  • that screenshot of the uber receipt made me cringe… 2% battery at 12:30 in the morning? i mean, also the insane price but that’s uber for ya.

    • Charlotte Fassler

      It was… bleak. It normally would have been about $24. Abnormal cold calls for abnormal prices?

  • Leandra Medine

    CHARLOTTE! 100$? I owe you a big fat drink (Kombucha for a year?)

    • Charlotte Fassler

      I think its equivalent to 6.5 Kombuchas with the deli markup!

  • nhattra

    Charlotte you are so pretty!

  • Kelsey Moody

    My loyal boyfriend has the same name, maybe they know each other?? You make unwashed hair look GOOD my friend, and could Bill Cunningham have a warmer smile?!

    • Charlotte Fassler
      • Sounds like we’ve all been played. But at any rate, sharing with all of you is an honor. <3 #SisterWives

        • neoanderson135

          So true, so true.

    • Esther Levy

      I’m convinced Charlottes hair follicles are made of sweet baby powder. The longer she goes, the better it looks. Like fine wine, or cheese.

  • Not sure what gives me more anxiety, your Uber receipt or the amount of unread emails in your inbox. Besides that, love your mom’s dress, and you are one of the kewlest people I know but don’t really know. OH, and about KE$HA: One time my two friends and I woke up and we all had Ke$ha as our Facebook default pictures. No one could remember why.

    • Kelsey Moody

      did you wake up feeling like P Diddy as well?

    • Charlotte Fassler

      95% of those e-mails are from Best Buy.

  • Awww, I love your denim dress and coat combo.

  • Damn that Uber price surge. That is why on some days, I’m thankful for my parents, who live in Brooklyn and still own a car, that I have to beg to pick me up from some obscure location. Never gonna grow up.

    And um, whoa, you look too cool.

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  • parkzark

    Sometimes you just gotta surge with ubz. I recently started using that Sidecar app and I like it a lot. It helps that the drivers set a price before you leave, and you can do shared rides with a stranger for like $3!! Bill is truly superhuman with no gloves.

    • Aydan

      yes lyft has a shared ride feature in SF, I hope they roll it out in other cities soon!!

      • Charlotte Fassler

        Uber has uber pool but I’ve never used it!

  • neoanderson135

    what does ubz mean? I’m new at this.

  • Andrea Raymer

    I am so impressed with Bill’s ability to function I the cold. I was wearing four pairs of pants, a coat, and three sweaters and shivering with a huddle of other girls outside DKNY and he took our picture. We also rode the subway to gather after DVF and. He looked very sympathetic to the fact that I was physically shaking as I thawed.

    • Charlotte Fassler

      wait he wasn’t riding his bike????

      • Andrea Raymer

        Nope, I guess even he gets cold.

  • Stephanie

    You are a total trooper! At least where I live most of the office buildings are connected via skyway. We are the equivalent of human gerbils running from building to building via 2nd floor tubes but it keeps us out of the cold!

    Unrelated but my Mom found this gem while looking for a different picture. I’m the one in red. I think I look like the kid from a Christmas Story

    • Charlotte Fassler

      I want both of these outfits.

  • Shoulda called me I would have picked you up for a stick of gum and an Instagram shout out! <3 that vintage "penny lane" jacket!

  • Aydan

    ugg the Christmas Story gif…so good!

  • Good morning

  • I am dying for that Almost Famous coat


  • Raigon Wilson

    I admire your commitment to still looking presentable while it’s so cold. I’ve been wearing the same thermal leggings and hoodie all week. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • Charlotte Fassler

      that sounds much more practical and smart

  • Gotta say Bill never seizes to amaze me.

    Okay I’m done bye.