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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This season, Vanessa von Bismarck and Carrie Ellen Phillips, partners at BPCM, are overseeing the shows for Wes Gordon, J. Crew, Rachel Zoe, Prism, Edun, Suno, Cushnie et Ochs, plus the United Colors of Benetton concept event and the Lady Gaga perfume launch.

What do you need to survive fashion week?
Vanessa von Bismarck: “My nanny, Carrie, and my new Original & Mineral [Original] Detox Shampoo, which picks me up in the morning.”
Carrie Ellen Phillips: “Nothing would be possible without our incredible team — and Vanessa to keep me sane — green juice and an iPhone charger.”

When do you start prepping?
“We started working on time slots and venues back in May, but really as soon as one show season is over, we start talking about strategy on how to improve for the next season.”

What are you most looking forward to?
“Our designers’ new collections and seeing everyone again after spending the summer in Europe on maternity leave.”
C.E.P.: “Thirteen years after starting the company, I am still like a little kid when it comes to seeing what our designers come up with each season. I am also pretty type A, so I love planning everything about the guest experience down to the label on an envelope.”

What will you wear to the shows?
“We are both excited about wearing color this season and supporting our CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominees, so expect lots of Suno, Wes Gordon and Jennifer Meyer. And we both took a hiatus from heels over the summer, so it’s time to pull the Atwoods out again.”

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