It's been a crazy NYFW as there were a number of shows to attend, people to meet and of course, my co-founded styling agency, Accessory2 was the Styling Partner for Fashion Palette, a platform for established and emerging Australian designers to showcase themselves on Sept 7th at Pier 59 Studios as apart of their NYFW. Knowing that there were a range of designers (RTW and Evening/Bridal) that would be accessorized from shoes, jewelry etc and the amount of brands that would be involved to facilitate the completed looks for their SS/15 collections - I knew that there was only one way to keep it all organized!
As you know, I am a Microsoft Office Champion which means that I share a number of the latest finds that are taking place within Office 365 and its related properties in terms of the subscription service, the online version (which is free to use) etc. I began by creating an Excel spreadsheet that allowed me to organize my work by creating the first page which had my overall information: designers, needs, extra notes etc. As I worked throughout the weeks, more detailed notes were applied such as models and their sizes. Then I created sub tabs that allowed each designer to have their own page which allowed me to include notes in terms of inspirations for their looks, desired accessories and what was confirmed. This was saved to OneDrive (Microsoft's cloud) so that I could simply send links for updates. This came in handy when I was obtaining lookbooks as I could store them there and alert my designers without worrying about sending large files. Even those designers that didn't have my subscription service of Office 365 could utilize my documents via Office Online and could interact seamlessly.
As the shows completed and I began to do my recaps, I turned to OneNote. OneNote is like my mental scrapbook that can take in a lot of information and saves automatically. It's a place that I can either store items from a notes perspective or a means to share with others! In OneNote as I began thinking about how I was going to create the overall recap of what Accessory2 did during NYFW this season, I was able to import the main page of my spreadsheet in terms of where I started for the intake of my information. I then created additional tabs by designers showcasing each of the shows that ended up being my favorite looks. This will be great for a quick reference as well as to organize any thoughts I have. OneNote just launched some exciting items for those that use or are interested in using you can check them out here (OneNote for Android Wear and OneNote App for iOS8). In addition, Office Lens which is a favorite of mine which allows you to take images and then to straighten them (great for when you're at the runways of a show, at a conference taking images of slides/whiteboards or anything at an angle) has an update which is great to send scanned images from OneNote to PowerPoint and Word, all in OneDrive as opposed to just sending it to OneNote previously.
My info that I used within OneNote as my scrapbook of sorts became my springboard for my actual deck that summarized our styling which was created via Office Mix (which is supported by PowerPoint). This type of PowerPoint is as multimedia driven (in terms of being able to include Excel, charts etc) as OneNote but is in the slide format that many of us have grown up with versus the other being more of a Notebook.
Accessory2 Styling Partner of Fashion Palette NYFW SS/15 @ Pier 59 Studios, Sept 7th
In the end, I stayed organized and use this kind of flow for all my styling projects such as The Saturn Awards, Emmys and upcoming styling for The United Colors of Fashion and Lingerie Fashion Week. Being able to constantly update information, provide access (whether it is open for editing or simply to view) and to have the versatility to manipulate it whether from my Surface Pro 2, MacBook, Windows Phone etc without missing a beat (as well as being able to make changes and them being automatically uploaded without needing to change links) is essential whether you're styling the worlds stage or keeping it together for your personal use, school or day to day needs!