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Fashion Week Diaries: What It’s Like to Go to Fashion Week

September 4, 2013 • Fashion, Headline

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Well, tomorrow morning, I’m hitting the tents for my 13th season covering New York Fashion Week (9th season covering for Fashion.Style.Beauty), which means tonight I’m in mad preparation mode. Tonight, I’m at home unleashing my inner Betty Crocker, cooking large portions of healthy meals because, let’s face it: after 14 + hours a day on my feet all over Manhattan, the last thing I want to do at night is come home and cook. So, tonight’s baked chicken, lasagna, blender of gazpacho and two salads are to keep me from spending a small fortune in cash and calories on takeout.

But before I go, I wanted to answer a few questions that I get quite often and talk about what you’ll see this time from the tents. Without further ado, it’s time for a quick Q&A:

This is one of my looks from last season toward the end. Cute outfit, easy. Note the suitcases under my eyes.

This is one of my looks from last season toward the end. Cute outfit, easy. Note the suitcases under my eyes.

What are you going to WEAR?

You know, I honestly have no real plan. I have fretted this decision mercilessly and taken on sponsors, called in clothes and all of that insanity for seasons. This season? Nope, not gonna do it. You know why? Because I’m honestly exhausted with the whole thing.

My beloved Cat Footwear boots. Look at 'em. Those boots on the right have never been kissed.

My beloved Cat Footwear boots. Look at ‘em. Those boots on the right have never been kissed.

I plan to look cute, comfortable and put-together, but I plan on doing the majority of it in boots, specifically Cat Footwear boots. The two pairs of boots you see above will show up in almost every outfit photo. How I plan to style them is a mystery, but it will involve a lot of cool jewelry, jackets, vintage clothes and pixie dust. I mean, even Leandra Medine of Man Repeller shrugged her shoulder and has the strained sensation that Everyone Else Is More Put Together. You do you, I’ll do me. Life’s too short.

How many shows are you attending?

16 shows, but I’m covering a bunch of backstage for clients. Should be a good time. You’ll get to see some rad looks this season. I’m pretty fired up about the shows I’ve received. I am every season. It’s an honor to be invited. It means they value your opinion.

Which shows are you most excited about?

I’m always the most fired up about Donna Karan New York and DKNY (for reasons that are well-documented), but I also got invited to Rachel Zoe and Kate Spade this season, so that’s new and exciting for me. Also, I live for alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet. I’m always squealing at that show, plus my buddy Sarah Lucero is doing the makeup backstage with Stila Cosmetics, so it should be amazing, as per usual.

A model post-makeup backstage at Marchesa. I literally waited for 45 minutes to get this one shot.

A model post-makeup backstage at Marchesa. I literally waited for 45 minutes to get this one shot.

What are some of the beauty secrets of the models backstage?

That most of them are under the age of 18 and have the regenerative powers of aliens because of their age. That’s the beauty secret. They’re all very young and their skin bounces back quickly.

A photo of a model getting her nails done backstage at Marchesa last season.

A photo of a model getting her nails done backstage at Marchesa last season.

What’s it like backstage at a fashion show?

It depends on the show. Some backstages are insane, with hairdryers flying and everyone super crazed. Then you have some that are serene and super chill. It all depends. My job is to get in, get the information on the look, shoot the photos of the models and get out as fast as possible. But I’m friends with a lot of makeup artists, hairstylists, and nail gurus, so sometimes you wind up hugging and chatting when there’s time. The beauty side of things is a lot more friendly than the fashion side. That’s where the fur flies.

This is one of the models I shot backstage at Tory Burch last season for Beauty High. Image courtesy of Beauty High.

This is one of the models I shot backstage at Tory Burch last season for Beauty High. Image courtesy of Beauty High.

What are the models like?

Most of them are nice, somewhat shy, all business. Sometimes, there are language barriers, but they always understand, “May I take your picture?” They can turn “the face” on in an instant. Also, the more shows you do, they’ll remember you from show to show. I shot Cara Delevigne and Joan Smalls so many times last season, they started to joke around with me. It’s pretty funny.

What it like to attend a fashion show?

Heaven. I’m always in awe of the productions the shows have become. It’s high theater and it’s meant to dazzle and delight you. Every time the lights go down, you get to see a creative representation of what the designer envisioned for the collection. I’ve seen presentation that take my breath away. I always cry at Donna Karan New York because I love her that much. Scout’s honor: I cry. Every. Single. Time.

Is Fashion Week worth all the insanity?

Every time. Every season I say I’ll never do it again, and then it’s like childbirth: suddenly I can’t remember the pain, the exhaustion and the irritation of people pushing and shoving in the name of fashion, and I’m like, “Wow, let’s do it again. Let’s have another one.” I left everything behind in 2007 to do this. I love it.

So, any questions about Fashion Week? Leave them below and I’ll answer them in the daily recaps. I’m going to show you what it’s REALLY LIKE to go to the shows this season, so be ready for a lot of insider shots. I’m on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@fashionstbeauty), so follow along for eight days of non-stop fun and a little fashion and beauty magic, y’all!

Ok, I have to go turn the chicken. Talk to you tomorrow!

 

 

 

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One Response to Fashion Week Diaries: What It’s Like to Go to Fashion Week

  1. susan says:

    Love all your pictures and blogs. How did you begin this position, how can you learn more and what is the most important part of your job?
    Do you have to live in NY to become a part of the fashion world?

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