Confessions of a fashionista: Model 'betting' and Kabbalah-blessed champagne backstage at New York Fashion Week
11:02 GMT, 14 September 2012
11:34 GMT, 14 September 2012
New York Fashion Week is the start point of a glorious and insane four-week orgy of fashion that sashays round the world.
Editors, buyers, designers, models and all the others who are given to wearing size zero and an assortment of strange headgear, are primed, primped and ready to pounce on the latest looks. Or the nearest 'street style' photographer.
So far my favourite trend on twitter has had nothing to do with Victoria Beckham sending flat shoes down the catwalk, or those odd futuristic glasses seen at Diane Von Furstenberg. No, my favourite online fashion discovery is 'model betting'.
Banished to backstage: Forget the front row, the best place to get the gossip is behind the scenes, or back at the office
Fashionistas who like to guess which name will open, appear in, or close a show. Zac Posen must have heard about it and decided to throw a spanner in the works, no one could have predicted Naomi Campbell! Genius.
I'm not at the New York shows. Being an unimportant, unknown and un-photogenic agent I've never managed to convince anyone to give me a ticket, and/or a flight.
The closest I've got to Bryant Park is helping my more glamorous fashionista colleagues and artists pack. Imagine sifting through doll sized clothes for beautiful pencil thin girls with blow dries, and you've got the idea.
While it would be nice to tick the New York shows off my life list, I have been backstage, standing, sitting, and everywhere but the front row (see point about being unimportant), at London Fashion Week.
That's enough memories, scandal and anecdotes to last many a supper party. Plus being at in the office is always the best place to get the gossip.
Those moving between low-calorie-breakfast meetings, shows and parties in New York like to appear uber-important. Cue: calling me for a chat. Nothing says 'in demand' more than talking to your agent. I have a hotline to all the juicy bits.
Model betting: Naomi Campbell appeared in the Zac Posen show at this year's New York Fashion Week
Which is how I heard about the American designer who inflicts their Kabbalah religious beliefs on all those around them.
'My favourite trend on twitter has had nothing to do with Victoria Beckham sending flat shoes down the catwalk, no, my favourite online fashion discovery is model betting'
Before any of the 30-strong fashion show team of models, hairdressers, make up artists, stylists and PRs can consume anything, the designer insists all food and drink be blessed. Even the post-show champagne is prayed over by a Kabbalah priest.
In addition, at the beginning and end of the day and before the first model hits the runway, the team are required to hold hands and recite Kabbalah prayers. In a big circle. Awkward.
After 12-hours backstage, with few breaks or opportunities to eat, those who were made to wait while their evening pizza was blessed were understandably peeved. If that's any indication of what New York shows are like, I think I'm happy at home.
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