Designers talk Fashion Week ups and downs, diets and drama – amNY

Want to know what really goes on behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week?

Before the models strut their stuff on the runways, beginning Thursday and running through Sept. 11, designers spend hours upon hours creating their collections that are then showcased in 10- to 15-minute catwalk shows or elaborate presentations for the fashion community.

To get the inside scoop on all things NYFW, we grilled the designers themselves, and they dished on everything from getting by on diets of kale and green juice (with some fried chicken thrown in for good measure), to witnessing snooty behavior at shows, to what it’s like to see their styles head down the runway in the fashion capital of the world.

BETSEY JOHNSON


It wouldn?t be Fashion Week without: Drama. What?s
It wouldn?t be Fashion Week without: Drama. What?s

It wouldn’t be Fashion Week without: Drama.

What’s your favorite part of Fashion Week? The four-hour party backstage before the show begins.

Least favorite? The stress of having to do a cartwheel.

What’s the most unfashionable thing you’ve witnessed at Fashion Week? B-tchy, snobby bad attitudes.

What can you tell us about spring 2015? It’s true-blue me, reinvented with a twist.

(Credit: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison)


It wouldn’t be Fashion Week without: Drama.

What’s your favorite part of Fashion Week? The four-hour party backstage before the show begins.

Least favorite? The stress of having to do a cartwheel.

What’s the most unfashionable thing you’ve witnessed at Fashion Week? B-tchy, snobby bad attitudes.

What can you tell us about spring 2015? It’s true-blue me, reinvented with a twist.

(Credit: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison)

REBECCA TAYLOR


What?s your favorite part of Fashion Week? Getting
What?s your favorite part of Fashion Week? Getting

What’s your favorite part of Fashion Week? Getting the chance to share my vision for the upcoming season.

What do you do after Fashion Week to unwind? After this show I’ll just be happy to sneak away for a massage or facial!

What’s the most unfashionable thing you’ve ever witnessed at Fashion Week? High heels staggering through mountains of snow and ice.

What’s the best part of showing in NYC? The buzz, excitement and anticipation that surrounds the city during Fashion Week.

What about spring 2015 excites you? I was feeling a mood of optimism this season. I’m excited to share that.

(Credit: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy)


What’s your favorite part of Fashion Week? Getting the chance to share my vision for the upcoming season.

What do you do after Fashion Week to unwind? After this show I’ll just be happy to sneak away for a massage or facial!

What’s the most unfashionable thing you’ve ever witnessed at Fashion Week? High heels staggering through mountains of snow and ice.

What’s the best part of showing in NYC? The buzz, excitement and anticipation that surrounds the city during Fashion Week.

What about spring 2015 excites you? I was feeling a mood of optimism this season. I’m excited to share that.

(Credit: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy)

VIVIENNE TAM


How would you design your collection in one
How would you design your collection in one

How would you design your collection in one word? Treasures.

What’s your Fashion Week must-have? Stamina and dedication.

What’s new this season? There are many new things: different fabrics, prints and appliqués in unusual combinations.

What’s your Fashion Week diet like? Lots of water (room temperature), healthy grains and salads.

What do you do after Fashion Week to unwind? Meditation and yoga.

(Credit: Getty Images / Michael Stewart)


How would you design your collection in one word? Treasures.

What’s your Fashion Week must-have? Stamina and dedication.

What’s new this season? There are many new things: different fabrics, prints and appliqués in unusual combinations.

What’s your Fashion Week diet like? Lots of water (room temperature), healthy grains and salads.

What do you do after Fashion Week to unwind? Meditation and yoga.

(Credit: Getty Images / Michael Stewart)

MONIQUE LHUILLIER


How would you describe your collection in one
How would you describe your collection in one

How would you describe your collection in one word? Luminous.

How would you describe Fashion Week in one word? Exhilarating.

What would people be surprised to learn about NYFW? It’s hard work, plain and simple, [and] at times it is rather grueling. It takes a village to make my vision a reality. Months of prep work and in 10 minutes your show is over. It’s quite fascinating.

What’s the most unfashionable thing you’ve witnessed at Fashion Week? Lack of sleep.

What about spring 2015 excites you? I love the color palette in this collection. It’s inspired by the sunrise and how it paints the sky with luminous shades of pastels.

(Credit: Getty Images / Slaven Vlasic)


How would you describe your collection in one word? Luminous.

How would you describe Fashion Week in one word? Exhilarating.

What would people be surprised to learn about NYFW? It’s hard work, plain and simple, [and] at times it is rather grueling. It takes a village to make my vision a reality. Months of prep work and in 10 minutes your show is over. It’s quite fascinating.

What’s the most unfashionable thing you’ve witnessed at Fashion Week? Lack of sleep.

What about spring 2015 excites you? I love the color palette in this collection. It’s inspired by the sunrise and how it paints the sky with luminous shades of pastels.

(Credit: Getty Images / Slaven Vlasic)

BIBHU MOHAPATRA


How would you describe your collection in one
How would you describe your collection in one

How would you describe your collection in one word? Empowering

What’s your favorite part of Fashion Week? To create

Least favorite? To miss Fashion Week fun in preparation for it.

What do you do after Fashion Week to unwind? Go to my country house upstate New York and play with my chickens.

What’s the most unfashionable thing you’ve witnessed at Fashion Week? People in bad moods.

(Credit: Getty Images / D Dipasupil)


How would you describe your collection in one word? Empowering

What’s your favorite part of Fashion Week? To create

Least favorite? To miss Fashion Week fun in preparation for it.

What do you do after Fashion Week to unwind? Go to my country house upstate New York and play with my chickens.

What’s the most unfashionable thing you’ve witnessed at Fashion Week? People in bad moods.

(Credit: Getty Images / D Dipasupil)

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