6:46 p.m.: DVF standing outside puts on the final touches on her outfit, her earrings. Snap, snap!
6:47 p.m.: From a pair of bright lips: “Hi Steve Eichner.” “Hi Jen Brill.”
6:59 p.m.: Elie Tahari grabs his date and waltzes for the photogs.
7:26 p.m.: “Girls, ladies, lets get a great shot of you two looking here.” Mary-Kate and Ashley stare into my lens. Out of the corner of my eye I see Steven Kolb longing to be in the shot. I wave him over. Click!
7:29 p.m.: “Lupita, Lupita!” Electric smile. That’s real shine.
7:31 p.m.: Marching orders from the boss. “Did you get a solo shot of Meghan Collison with Creatures of the Wind?” “I’m not sure but I will.” “But don’t miss anyone!” Stress sets in. Review my photos and I have her alone. Phew.
7:34 p.m.: Nice finger horns, Betsey.
7:39 p.m.: “Hey, Rachel, I’d like to get a pic of you and Solange together.” “No!” she says. “That’s very inappropriate.” Someone tells me Roy was named in the gossip that followed Solange’s fight with Jay-Z. I feel terrible.
7:54 p.m.: Maxwell Osborne hugs Vera Wang. Cute.
7:57 p.m.: Aaaaand Rihanna’s here. I run outside: “Rihanna, Rihanna, eyes here! Eyes here.” She sparkles in my direction. I see London, I see France….I run back inside. I get down low and pow! She gives me THE picture.
9:48 p.m.: I heart you, Bethann Hardison.
9:56 p.m.: Joseph Altuzarra wins! Took me by surprise but well deserved. The night before I asked him if he was going to the CFDA awards. LOL.
10:09 p.m.: Time for the postshow cocktails. Lisa Salzer: “This is my first one! I finally made it!” she exclaims. “Welcome to the sanctum sanctorum, dear.”
10:17 p.m.: Wes Gordon and Maxwell Osborne high five. Now it’s on to the first after party.
10:25 p.m.: Nice Roman statues. This place is macaron heaven. Too bad they are all locked up.
11:55 p.m.: “How about over here?” Karlie Kloss suggests from behind a macaron case like a kid in a candy store. I am, too, with the supermodel posing for me. Something sweet for everyone.
12:11 a.m.: “I have a strange question,” I say to the Brants. “My cousin is going to be in the Debutante ball. She was dreaming of one of you escorting her.” Harry answers: “Peter is a veteran, but I’ve never done it. Sounds fun! Here’s my e-mail.”
1:05 a.m.: Crown lights for the king, Joseph Altuzarra
1:07 a.m.: “Swing the dress, swing it!” I say to Joan Smalls and get exotic multiple exposures. I think the wine is kicking in.
1:12 a.m.: Drunk girl with Mickey Mouse doll and sexy outfit.