Hailey Hasbrook is one smart cookie. The brunette teen, who signed with Elite last July, shrewdly decided to skip London and Milan and recharge her batteries before hitting the Paris runways. “It’s amazing, since the New York shows ended, I’ve been getting so much sleep,” Hasbrook says. “I’ve been sleeping until like 11:30 every day — it’s heavenly.” It’s no wonder the Portland, Ore., native was in need of some major shuteye; her very first New York Fashion Week included Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Theyskens’ Theory and Lacoste. We caught up with the high school junior before she took off for Paris.
After the New York shows ended, what did you do on your first day off?
Well, it wasn’t really much of a day off. My mom was here because it was my first season, and we had been staying at an apartment that we sublet and had to be out by the end of the week. So we were packing all night because I have so many more clothes now from trade. I literally got a whole outfit from Marc Jacobs — a bag, dress, jacket and shoes.
What did your mom think about New York Fashion Week?
Well, it’s funny, my aunt is really into fashion so she was like, “Bring me instead!” She gave me my first Marc Jacobs bag and then I walked for him and met him and my aunt was like, “Oh my god! That’s not even fair!” But my mom is not into fashion and didn’t realize how important some things were. Like, she’s a mom from Oregon, she doesn’t know who Proenza Schouler is. I got a pair of Helmut Lang leggings with these leather panels and she was like, “It’s probably not real leather, right?” I was like, “Um, no. It is.” Then she said, “Right, I guess it’s designer so they don’t use pleather.”
It must be nice to have a fashion-y aunt who sort of understands your world.
Yeah, she understood things better than I did at first because, before all this, I wasn’t really into fashion as much. I knew big names but I didn’t know who Helmut Lang was or anything. I was talking to her and said, “I’m walking for this designer. I don’t know if you’ve heard of him, Olivier Theyskens.” She was freaking out. So on some things she’s even more in the know than I am.
Sleep aside, what else have you done to prep for Paris?
I’m actually still in school so homework is the next thing to tackle. My counselor and principal are very understanding and were really on board with me taking off for this, which is really nice. They were like, “Just try to keep in touch over e-mail and do as much schoolwork as you can,” but during the New York shows I had literally no time. I started doing some homework this weekend but it still takes a lot out of me. I haven’t done it in so long so I’m like, “OK, I have to sit here and read a book today on American history.”
Did you have a lot of late nights during New York?
One night I did looks for Marc Jacobs from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., and then the next day I was there until 4:30 in the morning. And I had Theyskens’ Theory the next morning with an 8 a.m. call time.
Was it all worth it?
Definitely. I knew Marc was a big designer, but I didn’t know how important walking in his show is for a model. It was kind of funny. I had a pre-casting with Michelle Lee at KCD and then I had a call back casting again with her and my agent said, “Marc wants to meet you so you have to be very careful. Be yourself but be professional.” I didn’t know what that meant so I was really, really nervous.
There were a lot of wild hats in Marc Jacobs’ show. How many did you try on?
Oh my god! I tried on every hat, I think! They were so cool though. I really liked doing looks for them — I didn’t even know what a stole was before that. It was a learning experience. Like Marc would say [to a studio assistant], “OK, type this look in. It’s a chiffon something-something in a holographic print.” And I was like, ‘Wow, this is so intense.”