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Excitement abounds in New York each February and September when Fashion Week descends upon the Big Apple.
Although the bi-annual event is a thrill, it can be equally daunting. Between the whirlwind of shows, endless parties and little time for rest, NYFW is a marathon, not a sprint. The Hollywood Reporter recently caught up with Maria Borges, Daniela Braga and other models and fashion insiders, who shared their tips and tricks for surviving those sometimes stressful seven days.
“You’ve got to be a superwoman,” Borges told THR‘s Evan Real on the red carpet at Harper’s Bazaar’s Icons party Friday. “You’ve got to be on time, you’ve got to be professional and you’ve got to be you.”
Model Squad star Braga said power naps and healthy meals will help keep your skin glowing; but noted that a humble attitude will make you “shine” even brighter at shows and afterparties. “Stay grounded,” she advised, “because that’s most important. That will make you shine the most.”
Winnie Harlow said it’s crucial to “stay hydrated” and to “always have some snacks.” She elaborated, “Because sometimes fittings and all these things run a lot longer than you think they’re going to.” And never forget to accessorize with a smile, the runway fixture said. “Make friends and smile! I always smile at everyone backstage.”
Project Runway alum Christian Siriano said that Fashion Week is most enjoyable when his calendar isn’t completely booked. “Don’t go to too much!” he said.
Socialite-turned-designer Nicky Hilton offered a similar warning. “Pick and choose wisely. When I was young and [my sister] Paris [Hilton] and I were running around, we loved to go to everything,” she said. “But now I just like to go to my friends’ shows. I have a lot of friends in fashion, so I love to go out and check out their stuff.”
But, no matter what, Coco Rocha told THR that it’s imperative to “have fun” at Fashion Week. “I keep saying, we’re not curing cancer. Although, a lot of people might think we are. But we’re really here to inspire people, create great visual content and beautiful things and wear beautiful clothing,” the model said. “At the end of the day, we shouldn’t take it that seriously, so let’s have fun with it!”
The Icons event was presented by Estee Lauder, Infor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Fujifilm Instax, Genesis and Stella Artois.
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