-The "season" is all about forecasting and presenting for the buyers and the press. In other words, these shows that just took place in September 2013 are for the spring/summer 2014 months.
-The beauty teams normally show up three hours before showtime.
-The backstage area is quite cramped.
-Shows, on average, begin 30 - 45 minutes late.
-The show typically lasts 10 - 12 minutes.
-Celebrities sit front row, center.
-Celebrities are sometimes paid to attend a fashion show (for the buzz generated).
-Most celebrities arrive via the backstage area. The paparazzi camp out at the corner of Amsterdam and 62rd where the cars or cabs pull up to drop off.
-Many of the people working a show, including most on the hair, make up and nail teams, are volunteers.
-When NYFW "wraps" most of the popular beauty leads and models pack up their bags and head off to London Fashion Week, followed by Paris and then Milan.
Here Maggie Mulhern takes us on a tour of "the tents" from the point of view of an artist or participant (model, hair, make up, nails) and from a typical "guest" (fashion journalist, stylist, buyer, fashionista). She selected a "light" day to make navigation easier (on a busy day, or on the weekend, this would have been close to impossible). The MANY security guards had been prepped to allow easier entrance.
The show covered here is by designer Alon Livine, who was showing for the first time in New York and at MBFW. The beautiful braids were by Nick Irwin (TIGI), nails by China Glaze and make up by Bobbi Brown. Included is the finale walk of the models after a show that lasted about 10 minutes.