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Scott Schuman on London, New York, and Sneaking Into Shows

Scott Schuman says the fashion students in New York could learn a few things from their London counterparts when it comes to Fashion Week.

"Every time I come back, I like London a little bit more," Schuman told us in between shows during London Fashion Week. "I like the youngness of it — people really seem to like fashion here; they're excited about it. I'm a little disappointed that in New York the FIT kids and the Parsons kids don't bring the same enthusiasm. They don't try to sneak into shows. I don't know why the kids aren't trying to sneak into shows?

"A lot of people say, 'Well, what do you think about all the young bloggers that go and stand outside the shows?' and I think the thing that's nice is that people feel they can go to the shows, and if they have a camera, they can take pictures and they can feel like they're part of the fashion world. Before, it was too intimidating. Now you can go and feel like you're part of it — whether you're a blogger or not. It's like going to a baseball game: you can go and watch the game. Most people can't get into the show, but now I think people feel like they can come here and take pictures and just hang out. So I think it's a good thing to make fashion feel not so separated from everyone — but yeah, I think the kids in New York could pick it up more. I think the information is too easy for them to get and it's easy here, too, but I don't know what it is."

Schuman also shared with us the virtues of traveling light during fashion month. "You know, when you travel as much I do, you really learn how not to need anything. Because things are going to break. You're going to forget your cashmere sweater — you're going to lose this thing. I used to want to go to Starbucks in the cities, and even that, it's just better if you don't need anything. The more you need something, the more difficult it is when it doesn't work out and the more upset it makes it you. I used to have essentials. Now I can live without my cashmere sweater, I can without my . . . It's not like we're going to Ethiopia. I can get whatever I need right here."

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