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Prep School: Insiders Ready for New York Fashion Week

A slew of industry insiders, from model Tati Cotilar to designer Gaia Repossi, share their tips for surviving collections.

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The official start of New York Fashion Week is a mere two days away, so WWD asked a slew of experts to share their battle strategies. Armed with everything from coconut water to Ray-Bans, these industry insiders are ready to storm Lincoln Center and beyond. Game on.

Tati Cotliar, model

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What She’ll Be Wearing: I would love to wear my new Argentinian, masculine and oversize outfits, but they are not appropriate for fashion-show castings, so I’ll be looking around for new stockings and schoolgirl pleated skirts! I already got some schoolboy leather shoes and high heels for castings.

In Her Bag: It won’t be very big, so whatever fits in it…deodorant?

Shows She’ll Walk: We only know the day before, or even worse, we know when we are actually going through the runway!

Most Looking Forward to: Seeing the new collections.

Guilty Pleasure: Sleeping more than two hours.

Thoughts on Lincoln Center: It was time for fashion to take place in an art center. Fashion is also an art. And we’ll be closer to Zabar’s!

Yvan Rodic, photographer and blogger, Face Hunter

What He’ll Be Wearing: Blue marine leather b Store shoes, gray socks, brown Topman trousers, white shirt, gray-blue vintage jacket from London.

Mode of Transportation: Cab, walking and subway.

In His Bag: Canon Powershot G11 camera and iPhone.

Shows He’ll Attend: Alexander Wang, Preen, etc.

Most Looking Forward to: Seeing how many more bloggers than last season there will be around.

Guilty Pleasure: Skipping shows to watch animal documentaries.

Thoughts on Lincoln Center: It can only be better than Bryant Park in terms of street-style backgrounds.

Taylor Tomasi Hill, style and accessories director, Marie Claire

What She’ll Be Wearing: I’ll probably have to stick to summer favorites to compensate for the heat. I will definitely be wearing my extremely comfy Alaïa wedding heels; Louboutin and Marc Jacobs pointy-toed flats, and of course my favorite Givenchy booties. Leopard-print accessories from Philippe Roucou and Fendi will be great transition items, as well as a Mongolian lamb J. Crew tote.

Mode of Transportation: NYC taxi of course! I wish I could get around via Vespa, though.

In Her Bag: Most of the free real estate in my bag is usually taken up by invites. Other than that, it’s always the bare necessities: my BlackBerry — can’t go anywhere without it; Clif Bars, mints, and Nars Schiap lipstick to reapply throughout the day.

Shows She’ll Attend:
As many as I can. I like to see them all. I will definitely be hanging out at Milk — presentations and shows there are so convenient, and it’s a comfortable spot to relax and get a latte.

Most Looking Forward to: Fashion’s Night Out: I love to get a group of girls together and run around the city to our favorite spots, as well as visit all the new pop-ups.

Guilty Pleasure: A stop into Bottino between shows for their homemade lasagna. It literally melts in your mouth!

Thoughts on Lincoln Center: Lincoln Center is such an iconic cultural landmark, I’m interested to see how the change will pan out. In the end, I think it will bring more glamour to fashion week.

Gaia Repossi, jewelry designer, girl-about-town

What She’ll Be Wearing: Beige suede ankle booties, hippy fur (beige brown). Vintage Hermès Birkin, vintage cutoff jean shorts, flat brown clogs.

Mode of Transportation: Walking, if sunny.

In Her Bag: Chanel Coco Rouge lipstick (cashmere color), my iPhone, Buddhist mantra book, Celine monogram clutch, turtle-shell Ray-Bans, my twin rings (different golds and shades) in case I want to change and some cheap ethnic necklaces or rings, my agenda, my new iPad.

Shows She’ll Attend: Alexander Wang, Altuzarra. I love New York ’cause I get to go to friends’ shows.

Most Looking Forward to: Seeing my friends. Yoga in SoHo.

Guilty Pleasure: Coconut water.

Thoughts on Lincoln Center: I generally go to the young designers’ shows exclusively.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, founding director of fashion at Lincoln Center

What She’ll Be Wearing: In heavy rotation: Michael Kors for his flawless take on blazers; Rag & Bone for second-skin, zippered trousers, and silk camisoles like those by Narciso Rodriguez. In the vast realm of shoes, I’m an unabashed heel devotee. Lately, go-anywhere, stacked-heel Calvin Klein sandals and Yves Saint Laurent open-toe platforms.

Mode of Transportation: My office is a measured and timed three-minute walk from Damrosch Park, and just two minutes from the newly dubbed “Fashion Line,” Lincoln Center subway stop.

In Her Bag: An arsenal. A closet. And then my BlackBerry, my iPad, my Hermès scheduler, Band-Aids and Advil.

Most Looking Forward to: Sept. 9 and Sept. 17 [the beginning and the end of the shows]. Equally.

Guilty Pleasure: Delish Jelly Beans from Duane Reade. Even guiltier pleasure? I pick out my favorite colors — purple, white and pink.

Thoughts on Lincoln Center: That Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week couldn’t find a more symbiotic home for the insanity, magic and business intrinsic to these seven days. And that our Campus — all 26 venues, indoors and outdoors — is ready to take on fashion year-round.

Yigal Azrouel, designer

What He’ll Be Wearing: Always in jeans and a T-shirt and Carpe Diem boots.

Mode of Transportation: On foot as much as possible. A lot of my life takes place within a 15-block radius.

In His Bag: Caudalie mist for revitalization and my new Flip video camera.

Shows He’ll Attend: Making it to my own is first on the list. We’ll see if there is some time and energy after that.

What He’s Most Looking Forward to:
3 p.m. on the 15th, when my men’s wear show is over. This is my first season of two runway shows, so I am sure I will be wiped out.

Guilty Pleasure: I always try to sneak out to my masseuse the day before the show, during fittings, to have a moment of Zen. The hour really gets me through it all.

Thoughts on Lincoln Center: Lincoln Center is a cultural landmark in New York. Why not?

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