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From 9 a.m. presentations to 3 a.m. shenanigans at the hottest spots of the season, Steve Eichner, WWD nightlife photographer extraordinaire, sees it all through his viewfinder during fashion week. Follow along this season with his daily diary, Eichner’s Eye.
September 7, 2013
Lacoste Runway Show
10:21 a.m. Cecilia Dean is holding a bike helmet. I ask, jokingly, “Did you ride a Citi Bike up here?” To my surprise, she says, “Yes, but the closest station was at 60th Street. I walked up from there.” No wonder she’s in such good shape.
10:23 a.m. Hanneli Mustaparta, while posing for flashes, asks: “Did you have a good time last night at Dior?” Me: “Yes, especially when I was done working and could enjoy the champagne. Hanneli: “Yeah! Shh…I’m still a little drunk.”
11:15 a.m. Fashion Week Tip: Sip small amounts of coffee all day long. Keep your caffeine level even.
Prabal Gurung Runway Show
11:43 a.m. Sipping coffee backstage (keeping with my own advice). A publicist grabs me to snap Allison Williams and Prabal together.
12:00 p.m. Spotted Elettra Wiedemann with a supershort new haircut.
12:03 p.m. Baseball capped Zachary Quinto trying to go incognito at show.
12:09 p.m. I hate this feeling. A bunch of flashes on the other side of the room. It’s two “Girls.” Allison Williams with Zosia Mamet. @#$%! I need that shot. I make my way over and hear PR say, “OK, you guys already got it, now leave them alone.” Determined, I stay close to the scene. Finally, a physical window of opportunity between the security and PR. I get a clean shot.
Hervé Léger by Max Azria Runway Show
3:07 p.m. “Steeeve!” Emma Snowdon-Jones waves me over. A few kisses, then she introduces me to the inventor of the Shibue Strapless Panty, worn by the models in the show. “Can you show me your panties?” I ask. “Yes,” she says, handing me a packet.
3:23 p.m. Three kisses is what I get from Petra Nemcova. Onlooker says, “Wow! Three kisses!” Me: “Yes I’m so lucky, I get three kisses from Petra.” Petra replies, “No, I’m lucky I get three kisses from you.”
3:26 p.m. “What’s your best sex tip?” Meghan Markle is asked by a reporter. Blushing, she says “how do you answer that like a lady?” After a beat: “Do it with confidence.”
Alexander Wang Runway Show
4:50 p.m. Outside this show in particular, it has become evident that street-style photography has almost escalated to scary paparazzi level.
5:18 p.m. Courtney Love and Kanye West kiss hello.
Altuzarra Runway Show
8:04 p.m. “It’s so hard to be out of the water,” Julie Gilhart laments. The former fashion director at Barneys was bitten by the surfing bug. I feel her pain.
8:33 p.m. “Uncross your legs and open your hearts.” — Sweet sentiments yelled from the photo riser before the show.
Alexander Wang After Party
11:11 p.m. Earlier in the day I received the news: Only house photographer allowed to shoot. So nice to enjoy the party as a civilian. But I could not resist snapping a few iPhone photos of Nicki Minaj.