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The final days before a runway show are filled with last-minute fittings, castings, meetings with stylists and general anxiety — and they often leave little time to eat. Which is OK since food and fashion aren’t the best of friends anyway....

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The final days before a runway show are filled with last-minute fittings, castings, meetings with stylists and general anxiety — and they often leave little time to eat. Which is OK since food and fashion aren’t the best of friends anyway. But every designer needs to fuel their creativity and there’s no better way to do it than through food. WWD asked several ready-to-wear designers what they wolf down while preparing their show. Here’s the skinny:

LARS NILSSON: “Muesli in the morning and hot water with ginger, honey and lemon throughout the day. It keeps me in shape and in form. And doses of espresso.”

YEOHLEE: “Rice and beans and Coke.”

JAMES MISCHKA: “It seems like we’re living on Kyo-Green and Ola Loa effervescent vitamins.”

BETSEY JOHNSON: “Shrimp cocktail from the restaurant underneath us and oriental crackers called Tokyo Mix and Crazy Mix from the deli next door. We also have RedVines and carrot sticks that we dump in vinaigrette dressing. I drink coffee and the girls drink Diet Coke. And when we’re were close to the end of the night, we pop the champagne.”

CAROLINA HERRERA: “McDonald’s Happy Meals with a small hamburger and french fries. It is deliciously sinful. I love it!”

DAVID RODRIGUEZ: “Turkey sandwiches with extra bacon, avocado and loads of mayo. I want the greasiest, heaviest thing I can put in my stomach so it lasts. And ice cappucinos, one right after the other.”

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG: “Chicken and vegetables or whatever’s in my refrigerator. Then at night my staff and I look at each other and we break out the red wine.”

CYNTHIA STEFFE: “For late nights, the favorite is Japanese, from udon to sushi. I choke down steamed vegetables everyday because I’m eight months pregnant. And cakes for Chinese New Year from my workroom were free flowing.”

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