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Fashionista Editors Reveal Their Fashion Week Essentials

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Fashion Week is always a bit of a grueling time, but February shows are particularly hard thanks to the bitter cold and icy sidewalks.

And yet! We persevere for the sake of the #fashion. But we don't do it alone: Each of us has gathered an invaluable arsenal of products, from the practical to the whimsical, to get us through the week with our sanity in tact. So, with New York Fashion Week officially kicking off Thursday, this is what is helping us get through the early morning showtimes and the late night deadlines.

But if you want to send us cupcakes, we would gladly take those too.

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Dhani Mau, Senior Editor

1. Urban Outfitters Fleece-Lined Tights, $16, available at Urban Outfitters: If I want something a little more opaque and thick than Uniqlo's genius Heattech tights, I go with these. Plus, they're wonderfully soft and comfy.

2. & Other Stories Pleat Shoulder Bag, $195, available at & Other Stories: Since I can't afford a different purse for every outfit, I tend to buy black ones that are versatile. I like that I can wear this one cross-body since shoulder bags tend to fall off my bulky coat otherwise. 

3. Garance Doré Oui/Non Pocket Notebook, $10, available at J.Crew: Garance Doré makes the cutest little notebooks which I intend to use for taking notes at shows. Best of all, they look chic and are tiny enough to fit in any purse.

4. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, $21, available at Net-a-Porter: To cope with the extremely dry hands that will inevitably result from wandering around in the cold staring at my phone to get either an Uber or directions somewhere, I will need this stuff. It's super potent -- just a dab turns rough, dry hands into lovely, soft ones. It also works on lips, elbows, and everything else.

5. Clinique Different Lipstick in A Different Grape, $16, available at Sephora: Somehow this lipstick is bold and subtle at the same time. It's moody, but doesn't make me feel like I'm trying too hard. Best of all, it's super smooth and easy to apply in a rush.

6. Eugenia Kim "Rain" Beanie With Fur Pompom, $315, available at Barneys: During fall fashion week it's so cold that people barely see your outfit because you're wearing a coat. So it's all about external accessories. A bold, cute hat like this is necessary.

7. The Arrivals Artemis Modular Parka, $385, available at The Arrivals: This fashion week is going to be a cold one, and I will not be facing it without my trusty, fur-lined parka. It may not be the fanciest of coats but in a way it is very Marc Jacobs spring 2015, right?

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Alyssa Vingan, Senior Editor

1. See by Chloé perfume, $78, available at Nordstrom: Never leave home without a spritz of this.

2. Woolrich black hooded parka, $650, available at Woolrich: It’s effing freezing outside, and if I will be trekking from show to show in a blizzard, I need something that will keep me warm all day and night.

3. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, $34, available at Sephora: Any digital editor will tell you that our Fashion Week secret weapons are dry shampoo and concealer. This one’s especially great for under eye circles.

4. Men’s long sleeved striped tee, $19.90, available at Uniqlo: This vaguely Parisian breton striped t-shirt is easy to throw on in a hurry but still look cool and polished. I’ll more than likely pair it with a red lip and a cross-body bag.

5. Kind Bars, $12 per box, available at Advantage Nutrition: These are my favorite healthy snacks to stash in my bag for a quick refuel between shows. I will be honest with you, though: more often you’ll likely find me munching on Goldfish or Skittles. Nobody’s perfect.

6. Christian Louboutin “Rouge Louboutin” nail polish, $50, available at Sephora: I will get a manicure with this classic red at the beginning of the week and make sure to always have it on hand for touch ups.

7. Warby Parker “Finch” glasses, $95, available at Warby ParkerBeing able to see is of high importance during Fashion Week. That is why my new specs will come in handy.

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Tyler McCall, Senior Associate Editor

1. All over dot tights, $18.69, available at Asos: When you're wearing pretty much the same thing day in and day out, you have to find something that helps break up the monotony. For me, it's novelty tights.

2. Simply Orange Orange Juice, $49.90 for 6 liter bottles, available at Amazon: I may have mentioned a time or two that I am from Florida, and there is nothing that beats the cold weather blues better than a fresh glass of OJ. So when it's day seven of fashion week and I've been eating nothing but garbage, this will hopefully counteract some of it and ward off scurvy.

3. Wilfred Diamond Mosaic Blanket Scarf, $85, available at Aritzia: It's cold. Put on a blanket scarf. Tada! You are now marginally warmer.

4. Alexander Wang pleated mini skirt, $525, available at Net-a-Porter: If I learned anything from wearing the same thing every day during fashion week last year, it's that no one cares about what I'm wearing. While I'm going to change it up a little bit, it's a relief to know I can wear my trusty black skirt several days in a row and no one will notice.

5. Nars pure matte lipstick in 'Vesuvio', $27, available at Sephora: The quickest way to look more pulled together is a swipe of lipstick, and this is the best red, hands down.

6. L'Agent Esthar bra, $92, available at Journelle: This year, Valentine's Day falls smack-dab in the middle of fashion week. Since the workload means I will be my own Valentine, I'm gonna treat myself and wear some nice underwear. I'm the best girlfriend I will ever have.

7. Coach crossbody bag, $195, available at Coach: I tuck a smaller crossbody bag to tote around to parties in my larger day bag. That way, when I go out at night, I'm not knocking everyone's cocktails over with my tote.

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Eliza Brooke, Associate Editor

1. Orbit Sugar Free Peppermint Gum 3 pack, $11.04, available at Just do it. And do it in bulk.

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2. Deborah Lippmann Smooth Operator Four-Way Nail Buffer, $12, available at Net-a-Porter: The last thing you want while interviewing manicurists backstage is dingy nails or chipped polish. A good buff at the start of the week helps me look put together.

3. Carhartt Acrylic Hat, $5.95, available at Sierra Trading Post: I know. Every urban hipster owns this hat. But you know what? I love it. It keeps my head warm. It's coming to fashion week with me.

4. Cos Skinny Fit Denim Trousers, $99, available at Cos: A tomboyish take on jeans. They're great and borderline dressy (for me).

5. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $62, available at Saks Fifth AvenueA friend actually told me I was "glowing" when I arrived home from a bar on Friday night at 1:30am. It's because I was wearing this. You can see how it would be handy during fashion week.

6. The Face Shop Baby Face Hydrogel Hyaluronic Acid mask, $7, available at Urban Outfitters: Get home. Shower. Wash face. Put on mask. Write a story. Remove. Sleep. Wake up looking marginally less tired than you would otherwise.

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Chantal Fernandez, Associate Editor

1. Uniqlo Women's Heattech turtleneck t-shirt in long sleeve, $9.90, available at Uniqlo: I feel like I and many others have mentioned this before, but I love this soft turtleneck for its warming abilities. It also feels cool and flattering, somehow.

2. Wool and leather gloves, $60, available at & Other StoriesI'm in the market for gloves right now, and I love how these have two fabrics. All leather gloves can look a bit old-lady, but they are the warmest. This is a good compromise.

3. SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion, $70 at Sephora: My face has never been better since I started using this uber-fancy (and sadly expensive) toner/lotion I got for Christmas. It will definitely help keep my face from going crazy after running around to shows in the cold. 

4. Magic Eyeliner in Engraved, $12, available at Topshop: A little dark brown eyeliner does wonders for me -- it makes me look awake without being too obvious. Definitely necessary for long nights and early mornings.

5. Matt Bernson Orchard Boots, $157 (from $315), available at Matt Bernson: These boots are perfect for miserable icy surfaces without looking too utilitarian. They will be perfect for running around, snow or shine.

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Lauren Indvik, Editor in Chief

1. AG The Stilt Cigarette Jeans, $178 at Saks: These are the most comfortable, flattering jeans I own, period. They feel like velvet. I'll probably wear them every other day.

2. Uniqlo Heattech Fleece Turtleneck Long Sleeve T, $9.90 at Uniqlo: Heattech is one of those things that's so amazing -- so comfortable, so effective and SO cheap! -- that I recommend it to almost everyone I meet. (Thanks Eva Chen for originally raving to me about it.) I layer the camisoles and scoop-neck tees under my sweaters when it's cold, and wear the socks in lieu of regular trouser socks basically all year round. The socks are truly great, but I'm probably most obsessed with the fleecy turtlenecks, which are so cozy and look surprisingly luxe in light colors. I wear them with everything -- pants, skirts -- and just throw them in the wash afterward.

3. Cos cashmere hat, $45 at Cos: I have these in multiple colors and match them to whatever sweater I'm wearing. They have just the right amount of slouch, don't pill too easily and are so warm.

4. Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, $15-22 at Nordstrom: Kiehl's is the only beauty/skincare brand I'm really loyal to across the spectrum -- I use its men's cleanser, facial moisturizer, deodorant, everything. The hand salve will be in my bag every day of fashion week; it's so cold outside my hands chap easily.

5. Adidas Superstar Shoes, $80 at Adidas: I walk more during Fashion Month than any other time of the year, and I wore my Superstars almost everyday in New York and London last September. Assuming the streets aren't slushy, I'll be wearing them again pretty frequently, in rotation with my Nike Court Classics and Adidas Stan Smiths. And if it's gross out, I'll don an old pair of ankle boots from Zara.

6. Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag in black with ballerina interior, $625 at Mansur Gavriel: I've sung the praises of this bag before, but I'm 99 percent sure its the only one I'll carrying throughout Fashion Month -- it fits all of my essentials, even my laptop, and I've worn it around every single day since I got it in July.

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Lauren Sherman, Editor at Large

1. Cocoon Rib-Knit Sweater, £295 at &Daughter: I am addicted to sweaters, and I love British label &Daughter's point of view. I think I've put together quite a nice outfit here. 

2. The Row fluted chiffon midi skirt, $1,990 at Neiman Marcus: I bought a similar skirt from The Row this fall. It was less expensive and is made from boiled black wool, but it has a similar shape and was pricey enough to make me feel obligated to wear it two or three times a week. Still looking for the right cropped jacket to pair with it, though.

3. Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 "Original" 1970, $25 at Rescue Spa: It's been two months since I started using this toner/exfoliator/skin balancer and my skin still looks great. Seriously, it's the only thing I need to use now: my skin is balanced -- no more dryness -- and my acne has disappeared. (I've only suffered from a couple tiny blemishes since I started using it.) It's expensive, so go for the travel size first to see if it works as well for you. I already ordered one for when I'm covering the shows in Paris. 

4. Eyelash curler, $20 at Shu Uemura: I only started curling my eyelashes a couple of years ago but it really does make a huge difference. And this curler is the best.

5. Leather tote, $667 at Creatures of Comfort: I've been looking for a fairly unstructured leather tote to lug my laptop and other crap in during FW, and former Fashionista editor Stephanie Trong recommended this one. I like it because there's zero hardware. Now I need to decide between navy and forest green.

6. Church's glossed leather brogues, $535 at Net-a-Porter: I bought these like, four years ago and still wear them all the time. They really hold up in crappy New York weather.

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Fawnia Soo Hoo, Fashion Writer

1. Double Cloth Lady Day Coat in Misty Lilac, $378 at J. Crew: There's usually never even a chance to take off my coat during back-to-back shows, so I have to make sure my outerwear game is on-point. I'll definitely wear my new lilac boyfriend coat that I found in a small boutique in Taipei. (Kind of like this one.)

2. Kind Cranberry and Almond Nutrition Bar, $13.49 for a box of 12 at Target: Because I get super grumpy when I'm hungry (and I am that annoying gluten-dairy-everything-free type of person sometimes.)

3. Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist, $15.26 at Amazon: My skin gets SO dry in the brutal winter weather, plus champagne in place of water doesn't really count as proper hydration. So I'll carry this moisturizing mist with me to spray on my face when needed.

4. M. Craftsman Breathe portable charger, $49 at Brando: My iPhone battery never lasts through an entire day of emailing, socializing and last minute Google News researching surprise FROW celebrities (have to know what good questions to ask). So I'll make good use of this charger that also happens to come in double denim.

5. Laptop case in Flecktarn Camo, $45 at Made by Fabrix: I'll tote my Macbook air around in this camo case that doesn't clash with any of my big bags. I found it in Singapore at this super cute/straight-out-of-Brooklyn coffee house/boutique called The General Company (go visit!).