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Back-to-back shows, late night dinners and even later parties. Ah, fashion week. These pros have the know-how to flit from place to place, sans breaking a sweat — or a heel.
Sally Albemarle, sculptor
Beauty regimen: “A manicure and pedicure at Silk Spa, and a spa treatment with Darphin products.”
What she’ll wear: “I try to wear an item or outfit of the designer whose show I am attending. It may be old-fashioned, but it’s polite. I will always wear a coat or jacket that will keep me warm, like a wonderful featherweight fur from Pologeorgis.”
In between meals: Orange and lime Tic Tacs.
Mode of transportation: “Usually the yellow limo: a taxi, in other words.”
Shows she’ll see: Catherine Malandrino, Calvin Klein, Zac Posen, Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors.
Accessories of choice: “Usually minimal silver Elsa Peretti jewelry goes with everything. The bags are either Anya Hindmarch’s Ebury bag or an Hermès Bugatti bag or, if evening, a Calvin Klein silver box clutch.”
Notebook: “I do not write. I just sit back and enjoy the show.”
Late-night fix: “Fresh fruit at home, then to bed ready for an early rise with my two-year-old son.”
Behnaz Sarafpour, designer
Beauty regimen: “Hot baths and cutting out Krispy Kremes, Frappuccinos and McDonald’s. Anything that will cause those highs and lows.”
Shows she’ll see: “I usually try to go to Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors, but since my show is on Wednesday this season, I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it.”
Daily treat: “A chocolate drink from the Chocolate Bar near my apartment.”
Mode of transportation: “Walking. My apartment is in the Village and my studio is in Chelsea.”
This story first appeared in the February 7, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Roopal Patel, women’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman
Beauty regimen: “The hair already got cut at Julien Farel, and then a mani and a pedi. The follow-up mani happens at the end of this week, but no massages or facials until six weeks after.”
What she’ll wear: “I still have some shopping to do. But right now I’m loving the idea of shine and metallics — a beautiful yellow brocade shell from Vera [Wang], a gold sequined tank from Tory [by TRB] and a cute pearl jacket from Peter Som.”
Accessories of choice: Gold Rafe and Stephen Dweck necklaces.
In between meals: “I always have FAO Schweetz on me with Smarts and Gobstoppers.”
Mode of transportation: Taxi
Notebook: Chinoiserie bound ones from a store in Chinatown on Mott Street for $2.99.
Late-night fix: Soho House or Indochine
Vanessa von Bismarck, P.R. maven
Beauty regimen: “Since someone just tried to steal my Valextra bag and broke every single nail, but didn’t get the bag — the answer is yes, a manicure.”
What she’ll wear: “The designer that is showing.”
Mode of transportation: “The subway and driving.”
Shows she’s producing: Derek Lam, Richard Chai, Luella Bartley, Matthew Williamson, Cynthia Steffe, Betsey Johnson.
On her feet: “I always make the same mistake and wear heels.”
Late-night fix: “Raiding the kitchen late at night is always the best option.”
Amy Astley, editor in chief of Teen Vogue
Beauty regimen: “My hairdresser, Orlando, is gone and he won’t be back until after the New York shows. So my bangs will be in my eyes.”
What she’ll wear: “I never plan outfits, I think it comes off too costume-y. I wear what I wear to work — maybe a basic trouser and a sweater.”
Accessories of choice: “I love jewelry. I love my Louis Vuitton pearls in white and black and my Louis Vuitton platforms.
In between meals: “Maybe some mints.”
Mode of transportation: “Walking to Bryant Park, but I’ll take a car to far-flung places.”
Notebook: “I don’t take notes. I just scribble in the margin of the [run of show] sheets.”
Shows she’ll see: Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc, Proenza Schouler, Oscar de la Renta, Jill Stuart, DKNY and Cynthia Steffe.
Late-night fix: “Getting my kids to sleep.”
Helen Schifter, philanthropist
Beauty regimen: “I try to get two manicures (Essie’s Sugar Daddy) during the week and keep a tub of hand cream nearby.”
What she’ll wear: “I don’t plan outfits, I’m more impulsive. I will wear the same piece more than once in the week, but mix it so it looks completely different.”
In between meals: Mints and Life Savers (“I share these with seatmates”), protein bars, gummy bears and water in the car. “Never gum!”
Mode of transportation: “Our driver in our Range Rover, though it is hard to climb into that rig in skirts.”
Shows she’ll see: Tuleh, Oscar de la Renta, Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez, Michael Kors, Anna Sui, J. Mendel, Calvin Klein, Zac Posen. “[My daughter] Storey got her very own invitation to Anna Sui and is counting the days. She wants to do a fourth-grade report on the show.”
On her feet: “Heels or flats, but I do keep Band-Aids in the car.”
Parties of the week: “Soho House screening hosted by Julie [Moore] and the Calvin dinner is fun.”
Accessories of choice: LeSportsac (run by her husband, Tim) glam rock “Remix” handbag in nylon and metallic leather; over-the-elbow knitted cashmere gloves. “I’m loving the traditional Hermès scarf again.”
Late-night fix: “Tequila shots and pomegranate margaritas at Rosa Mexicano, pasta con tartufo at Da Silvano or lettuce-wrapped squab and champagne at Mr. Chow.”