My First Time at New York Fashion Week


Is this really happening?! Somehow, the universe worked its magic and I got tickets to go to New York Fashion Week! Not only that, but I was able to sit FRONT ROW! My name is Tracy Calvacca and I am from Long Island, New York. I currently work in Higher Education Administration and I have always had a love for fashion. My mom went to college at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and worked at that school for many years. She raised me and my sister, Stephanie, in an environment that fostered creativity, inspired leadership, and instilled in us a deep passion for fashion.


Stephanie and I were lucky enough to get tickets see the Son Jung Wan show at New York Fashion Week when our cousin said that she knew someone that was working there who was able to get us tickets. We were so excited. I put on my red and black Michael Kors dress, black Badgley Mischka pumps, and my grandmother’s vintage cream mink coat. It was the middle of winter and snow was still on the ground. We took the Long Island Railroad into Penn Station and then took the subway uptown to Lincoln Center.





As soon as we stepped off the train, you can feel the extraordinary energy of fashion week in the air. The steps of Lincoln Center were filled with photographers and people dressed in their best ensembles. Photographers came up to us before we went inside to take pictures of us. Then once we were inside, there were a bunch of different companies displaying their products and we received bags free items. When it was time to see the show, we ended up having front row seats. Adrienne Bailon, who I remember from her Cheetah Girl days and currently on The Real, was sitting in the same row as us and we were able to talk to her and get pictures with her. The 13-year-old girl in me was freaking out!


I loved seeing all of the gorgeous designs at the Son Jung Wan show. She produced a vibrant, eclectic collection that was rich in texture and color. The metallic mixed with fur and sequins were beautiful. The gold lips on the models complemented the pieces very well.


The artistry, the glitz and glamour of the entire experience was something I never imagined I would ever get to see. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and something that I can check off my bucket-list! My dream is to continue to live a successful, positive, healthy life and to inspire others to succeed as well. I want to break the glass ceiling that prevents women from gaining the top positions. I would like to be financially comfortable and able to support and give back to my family because if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here chasing my dreams.