Fashion Week is upon us, and models, designers, and other industry insiders everywhere are prepping for the shows the way football players prep for the Super Bowl. Come behind the scenes with us to find out how some of fashion’s biggest names and most beautiful faces stay healthy, balanced, and totally gorgeous during all the excitement.
"I don't change things too much during Fashion Week," Olivia Palermo admits. Her tried-and-true standards: feeling the heat at Bikram yoga, getting some quality salon time, and wearing SK-II cream to protect skin during brisk Winter days.
“There isn’t much time before the show for any spa treatments,” designer Rebecca Taylor admits. She does, however, find time to fit in a few of her favorite products. “I love using Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF, Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, and Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine," the busy fashion doyenne says.
Erin Fetherston has perfectly maintained porcelain skin, but her Fashion Week beauty regimen is surprisingly simple. "I try to go for a facial from Christine Chin on the Lower East Side before Fashion Week begins," Fetherston says.
Lubov Azria is the Chief Creative Officer at BCBG Max Azria Group (and Mrs. Max Azria), and an old hand at Fashion Week. While her husband likes a prerunway massage, all Azria needs is her Aquaphor lip balm and a bottle of Fiji water.
Designer and professional lovely lady Rachel Roy tries to keep things balanced and beautiful during Fashion Week. "Bubble baths are an everyday indulgence, or more. Sometimes I take two a day," Roy admits. "My other must-haves are light green Tic-Tacs for all of the different people I meet up close and personal, and lots and lots of Bobbi Brown eye stick foundation for those under-eye situations."
"I work with my hands all day long, and during shop prep there's no time for manicures," busy designing woman Tracy Reese says. "So I always keep Sally Hansen Seal & Shine top coat pen and cuticle treatment pen with me." And how does she unwind after the show? "I always take my design team for a spa day to thank everyone for their tireless work leading up to the big day — massage and some pampering are good for the soul!"
Chris Benz is entering his fourth decade on the planet in 2012, but you'd never know it. What's the secret to his preternaturally boyish good looks? "Lancôme Généfique serum, every day!" Benz tells us.
Designer Steven Alan is another spa fan. "I go to Spa Castle or King Sauna," he tells us. Both spas are known for their luxe saunas and elaborate ritual rooms, but Alan keeps things simple. "I get a body scrub," he says, "and lie in several heat rooms."
Elie Tahari is a master of tailoring, and his Fashion Week survival plan is as simple and elegant as one of his gowns. "A massage before Fashion Week" is the only indulgence he'll admit. "And then I return to my daily routine of yoga." Moderation is clearly working for Mr. Tahari — he's celebrating his 60th birthday this year.