I was fortunate enough to have been allowed backstage before the Want My Look show - part of Not Your Mother's Style360 -- a series of over a dozen runway shows showcasing different designers, makeup artists, hair stylists, nail artists, and models over a period of 3 days during New York Fashion Week.
Well, real- I guess, if you're using the word literally or whatever,
Anyhoot. I've been backstage at shows before, but never in a situation quite like this.
Dozens & dozens of models were being poked and prodded by makeup artist of 16 years, Orlando Santiago, midwest-born nail artist Alexis Irene, stylist Michael Costello, and last but certainly not least - the woman behind the hair, Michele Carrillo, and they were looking all the better for it.
Artists had to take models instantly from one look to another,
as the same models were walking in 3 back-to-back shows for different designers so ...
I was stressed.
Notably, the artists were not.
What really blew me away, though, is how each one of them took the time to speak with me, calmly and slowly, even (& especially) in the midst of absolute chaos.
While people in the fashion business can so often be mistaken for self-absorbed egoists w/ short tempers and a need for recognition, it's people like the artists (& models) (are models artists?) (was that offensive?) I saw that remind me that there are still people that do it for the love of the beauty behind it.
So thank you, NYM, for reinvigorating my faith in the fashion industry.