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The Scenes Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion Week

The road to the runway is a long one, but the finish is nearly in sight. Here, two p.r. execs, two designers and one production guru show us how it’s done.

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Donna Karan in her studio.

Photo By Kyle Ericksen

The road to the runway is a long one, but the finish — made possible in part by an invaluable nanny, a stock of Red Bull and bedtime massages — is nearly in sight. Here, two p.r. execs, two designers and one production guru show us how it’s done.

 

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THE ROCK STAR DESIGNER

With more than 50 runway shows behind her (fall 1985 was her first season), Donna Karan has fashion week down to a tee.

Do you still get nervous?
“I could probably be the most stressed I have ever been, but if I take that route, it would be the stupidest thing I could do — so I stay cool.”

Do you have a fashion week survival guide?
“Really simple: Nature. And that’s what the collection is all about. The atmosphere, life and something larger than this thing called ‘the fashion show.’ Also yoga, Pilates, juices, aromatherapy — but that’s normal life for me. I get a massage before I go to bed.”

When do you start prepping?
“Three months before. I start to design before the summer.”

What are you looking forward to this time?
“I show early, and I get to leave.”

Where to?
“I am going to be spending Rosh Hashanah in Los Angeles.”

Do you dread anything?
“It amazes me how I am a mess that morning of the show. I think it’s an old emotion that pops up. It’s like going to the dentist — you will never like it.”

What will you wear to your shows?
“Same thing I wear every day — my bodysuit, my skinny pants.”

 

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