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Surviving Fashion Week

Fashion industry insiders reveal secrets on getting through fashion's busiest time of year.

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Stella Schnabel

Stella Schnabel

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STELLA SCHNABEL, girl about town

JUST BACK FROM: Went to Nashville, hung out with my pops in Montauk [N.Y.] and had lots of dinner parties with my mother, the ultimate homemaker.
SHOWS SHE’LL ATTEND: Ben Cho, Zac Posen, Anna Sui, Savant show at the Lumber building.
PARTIES SHE’LL ATTEND: Zac Posen’s after-show dinner (I made the mixes for it), late-night secret Zac Posen dance party.
WHAT SHE’LL WEAR: Alaïa, soft T-shirts, Gaultier dresses I bought this summer, jeans from the Forties, Zac Posen.
WHAT’S ON HER FEET: The only part of the outfit I truly care about. Alaïa, Prada, McQueen, Galliano.
BEAUTY REGIMEN: A Japanese hand spun-face cloth that holds 4,000 times the amount of water than any other sponge, hand sanitizer, any Jurlique and ilA products.
SNACKS ON HAND: Snacks are such an American thing.
P.M. FIX: An all-greens juice made by Melvin.
READING MATERIAL: Sam Shepard’s “Motel Chronicles,” Isak Dinesen’s “Gothic Tales” and a big Chris Burden book.
MODE OF TRANSPORTATION: Al-said, my driver and friend and the most efficient navigator in New York state.

 

 Odile Gilbert

Odile Gilbert

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ODILE GILBERT, hairstylist

JUST BACK FROM:
The Bahamas
SHOWS SHE’LL WORK ON:
Rodarte, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Zac Posen, Malandrino, Devi Kroell, Adam Adam Lippes, Carmen Marc Valvo, Baby Phat
WHAT SHE’LL WEAR: Comfortable clothes for work with flats, and high heels if I go out. I usually wear a mix of Chanel, Balenciaga, Prada, Martin Margiela and Levi’s.
WHAT’S ON HER FEET: Ballerinas from Chanel and Lanvin — comfy and chic.
WHAT’S IN HER BAG: BlackBerry, chargers, perfume, backstage passes for the shows, faxes from my agents with call sheets for shows and fittings, party invitations.
BEAUTY REGIMEN: Go to the gym every morning. Eat healthy. I shop at the health food store on Bowery and Hudson.
HOW SHE’LL UNWIND: Informal dinner with friends, early beauty sleeps.
A.M. FIX: Some fresh juice and a nice cappuccino.
P.M. FIX: Glass of water.
READING MATERIAL: Newspapers and magazines — no time to read real books during fashion week, except on planes!

Chris Benz

Chris Benz

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CHRIS BENZ, designer

JUST BACK FROM: Copenhagen, Greece’s Athens and Mykonos, Seattle
SHOWS HE’LL ATTEND: Just mine.
WHAT HE’LL WEAR: T-shirt, old jeans, navy blazer, rubber bands.
WHAT’S IN HIS BAG: Sudafed, Carmex, St. Barth’s Eau de Vanille, Marlboro Lights, sunglasses, two Sharpies, Binaca, bandana and a cardigan.
SNACKS ON HAND: Doughnuts and iced coffee.
HOW HE’LL UNWIND: Lambrusco on my stoop.
A.M. FIX: Homemade Greek frappe.
P.M. FIX: Sant Ambroeus’ ravioli.

 

 Natalie Massenet

Natalie Massenet

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NATALIE MASSENET, Founder and chairman, Net-a-porter.com

JUST BACK FROM: Ibiza
SHOWS SHE’LL ATTEND:
As many as I can do (approximately 40), plus lots of showrooms and presentations.
WHAT SHE’LL WEAR:
I am deciding between boho floaty and ladylike. Oh, the dilemma.
WHAT’S ON HER FEET:
Open-toe boots by Marni or black ankle boots by Louboutin.
WHAT’S IN HER BAG:
BlackBerry, digital camera, Curiously Strong Mints and a Smythson notebook. I will have a second bag in the car with all the survival supplies (flat shoes, almonds, Evian, invitations, paperwork, laptop, magazines, umbrella, etc.).
BEAUTY REGIMEN:
Trying to sleep seven hours and smiling.
SNACKS ON HAND:
Fritos and Haribo sour candy.
HOW SHE’LL UNWIND:
Drinks with friends at the Bowery.
A.M. FIX:
A coffee with hot milk.
P.M. FIX:
A Red Bull or a margarita.
READING MATERIAL:
My BlackBerry and — if I can fit it in — “Schrodinger’s Kittens and the Search for Reality” by John Gribbin.

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss

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KARLIE KLOSS, model

JUST BACK FROM: I turned 16 and went to Disney World with my entire family — my uncle, grandma and my cousins.
WHAT SHOWS SHE’S WALKING IN: I’ll go where [my agent] tells me to.
WHAT SHE’LL WEAR: Nothing too sweaty. My favorite Alexander Wang skirt and T-shirts from his new line — they’re really soft.
WHAT’S ON HER FEET: Flip-flops or my Jill Stuart sandals that I want to wear ’til it snows.
WHAT’S IN HER BAG: Some sort of chocolate, a phone charger because I always let my phone die, my portfolio, Band-Aids and gum.
BEAUTY REGIMEN: Plenty of water and sleep.
SNACKS ON HAND: Chocolate.
HOW SHE’LL UNWIND: I’ve got a good amount of homework to do. That’s unwinding for me.
A.M. FIX: A good Swiss Miss never hurt anyone.
P.M. FIX: Putting on sweatpants and watching TV in bed. Hanging out with my grandma, who’s staying with me this week.
READING MATERIAL: “Cyrano de Bergerac.” I’m reading it for English class.

Andre Leon Tally

Andre Leon Tally

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ANDRE LEON TALLY, Editor at large, Vogue

SHOWS HE’LL BE ATTENDING: Yigal Azrouël, Rachel Roy, Jason Wu, Zac Posen, Proenza Schouler, Anna Sui, Tracy Reese, Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Donna Karan, Derek Lam, Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Doo.Ri, Thakoon, Dennis Basso.
PARTIES HE’LL BE ATTENDING: The one I am hosting for Jennifer Hudson, Runway to Change with Sarah Jessica Parker and the Cinema Society screening of “The Duchess.”
WHAT HE’LL BE WEARING: Armani suits, Armani shirts, Charvet shirts and ties, Prada alligator coats and I will be carrying a Tom Ford bag and/or a patent Roger Vivier mail pouch.
WHAT’S ON HIS FEET: Tod’s moccasins, Manolo Blahnik Nairobi sandals.
BEAUTY REGIMEN: Pat Wexler and Cellcosmet Cellmen.
SNACKS ON HAND: Fresh arugula, tuna on multigrain toast, salads when possible.
HOW HE’LL UNWIND: Get to bed early.
A.M. FIX:
Iced tea with Steevia-Nu Naturals.
P.M. FIX: Catching up on the news with Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow; hopefully messages from Venus Williams and Lee Radziwill and Tennessee Williams plays.
READING MATERIAL: Maureen Dowd, Bob Herbert, Peggy Noonan, Eugene Robinson, Robin Givhan.
MODE OF TRANSPORTATION: Carpooling with the Voguettes.