Published: Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 16:06
The lights flash as the models prepare for the New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
They're all dressed up in their outfits and getting their hair done, ready to go.
Normally, you would see only professionals at a fashion event like this, but high school senior Crystal Pelczar experienced an opportunity of a lifetime.
"It definitely opened my eyes to the fashion industry," Pelczar said. "I went to my first show by myself with one ticket … and it was for fashion designer Tory Burch."
Tory Burch designs include retro '70s styles as well as casual wear, shoes and bags.
Celebrities such as Def Jam founder Russell Simmons made the whole show breathtaking to Pelczar.
"I was pretty star-struck for the most part," Pelczar said. "Sitting right next to me was Russell Simmons, and I'm watching the models on the runway, and I was just in awe because it was so surreal."
For Pelczar, fashion is an inspiration of art.
"The most interesting thing about fashion to me is that it's art you can wear," she said. "I think it's inspiring to see different designers who are artists."