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What it’s like to be a Fashion Week intern, Part 2

Katarina Kovac, Staff Reporter

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Feb. 6 (Six days before the Zimmermann show)

4:00 p.m.: I just landed in New York City and have the Zimmermann store re-opening event in SoHo to be at by 6:00 p.m.  I grab my bag from luggage claim and sprint out of LaGuardia, looking like utter insanity, to catch a cab.

6:00 p.m.: I arrive just in time.  I hug my boss and am introduced to the rest of the Zimmermann team.  The doors open and VIP guests begin to arrive.

7:30 p.m.:  Katie Holmes just walked by, looked me up and down and said, “Nice dress!” Does this mean I can die happy now? You bet.

8:00 p.m.:  I take over coat check and am overwhelmed by the amount of designer coats I have to keep track of.  Note to self:  DO NOT LOSE THE GUCCI COAT THAT BELONGS TO SAMANTHA BARRY, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF GLAMOUR MAGAZINE!

9:30 p.m.:  I finally leave the store and head back to my apartment to crash.

Feb. 9 (Three days before the Zimmermann show)

1:00 p.m.: I arrived at the Zimmermann office early this morning I haven’t sat down once yet. I started the morning off with sending out a sample pieces to VIP show guests, as well as to Vogue for an editorial shoot.

7:00 p.m.:  The President of the company asks us if we can stay late and steam the samples in the showroom. She tells us that she will allow us to take a free sample in compensation for staying late, as well as provide us with pizza for dinner. None of us could pass up a $1K sample (or free pizza), so we happily agreed to stay.

9:30 p.m.:  I finally leave the office.

Feb. 12 (Day of the Zimmermann show)

10:00 a.m.:  I arrive at Spring Studios where the Zimmermann show will be taking place. Then I receive my credentials and head upstairs to the runway.

12:00 p.m.:  I help Laura Brown, the InStyle Magazine editor-in-chief find her seat in the front row, as well as influencer Olivia Palermo.  It’s showtime.

12:15 p.m.: Detailed lace and leather Victorian-esque looks grace the runway. The collection feels inspired by the Australian outback and is incredibly stunning.

1:30 p.m.:  Myself and the rest of the Zimmermann team head back to the office to clip press and social media posts from the show.

7:00 p.m.:  I’ve been compiling press clippings into a PowerPoint for five hours.  My fingers are cramping and my back aches as I haven’t moved once from my office chair.  The grind never stops.

7:30 p.m.:  I finally head out of the office.

Feb. 13 (Day of the Gabriela Hearst show)

8:00 a.m.:  I arrive at the show venue with ridiculously pronounced bags under my eyes.

11:15 a.m.:  I try to sneak into the closed off area where photographers with credentials take pictures. A man came up to me and said, “Absolutely not. You’re just an intern. You can’t go back there.” Nevertheless, with much persistence, I maneuvered my way in.

12:30 p.m.:  The show is over as soon as it started. The models trickle back in and I assist with undressing.

1:30 p.m.: As I leave the venue I couldn’t feel more thankful to have participated in my second season of fashion week. Catching a glimpse of the unbelievable craftsmanship of the clothes and watching artists create intricate makeup looks was more inspiring than I could have ever imagined this time around.

See you soon, New York.

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