Once you get past the glamour, there are a few things you'll start to notice.
You hear a lot of different things from people who have been to Fashion Week. It seems that the whirlwind event is revered, beloved and deplored all at the same time.
Perhaps you've heard about the amazing street style or the celebrity spotting. Maybe you've heard that it's hard work and it really isn't as glamorous as it seems.
The finder.com.au team have been here five days now, and there are many things that we expected but a few things that have definitely taken us by surprise. Straight from the horse's mouth, here are a few things that you probably haven't heard about Fashion Week.
There is a lot of waiting around
Waiting for shows to start, waiting for people to arrive, waiting in the line for the bathroom, waiting for your coffee. You'll be waiting for almost everything here at Fashion Week.
Shows always run late
The shows (as a general rule) will run 15-30 minutes late. When the first show runs late, this means all the subsequent shows will run late. Plus, many designers will hold up their shows if the celebrity guests or key media personnel haven't arrived yet.
A lot of people don't dress up
Based on the photos you see from Fashion Week it's easy to get the idea that everyone is clad head-to-toe in designer pieces. In reality, many people attend fashion week as part of a work obligation. There are plenty of photographers, journalists and volunteers that are dressed comfortably and casually.
You'll rub shoulders with some of the coolest people in fashion
Everyone generally enters the venue from the same entrance. Yep, all the models, bloggers and fashion editors arrive the exact same way as you. As a result, more often than not you'll be standing near some of Australia's most famous faces. It's easy to be totally star-struck for the whole week.
Just because you're invited to a show, doesn't mean you're assigned a seat
Seating is assigned but just because you receive an invitation, doesn't mean you're in the seating section. There is a separate section for people that are assigned standing room. There's even a general admission standing and a priority standing. Getting assigned a seat means you're lucky.
There really is no food
People will always tell you how hungry they get at Fashion Week and that keeping a muesli bar in your purse is a good idea. That's because there is no food at fashion week. There is one food vendor but it doesn't open until midday, plus the selection is small and overpriced.
If you want to venture out to get something be prepared to walk a long way or taxi it. There is not much in the vicinity of Carriageworks. Moral of the story: bring food with you.
You'll be standing in the taxi line for ages
If you're leaving directly after a show, be prepared to stand in the taxi line for a very long time. Especially if you're leaving after one of the 7pm or 8pm shows. You're much better off walking around the corner and booking an Uber.
The venue is actually quite small
Carriageworks is a big venue but Fashion Week is confined to a rather small area of the venue. In fact, there is only one main runway.
Of course there are a couple of other specialty rooms for smaller shows or other events. Then there is the entry room which includes the reception, a small bar, a coffee cart, a food vendor and a business center. But yeah, that's it.