That's really what's different about retailers looking at a fashion show versus an editor, we look at the whole line. There's really no way to predict how much of the store's purchase is made from runway pieces versus appointment pieces. It's always a mix, and you can't have one without the other. You need the basics, and you need the fashion.
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I also try to make it to dinners and after-parties throughout the week. Although that gets harder to do when there's a snowstorm, I always feel like the first Thursday of Fashion Week is back-to-school for me. I get to see all my friends from the different places I've worked and other peers. That's really a big piece of what Fashion Week is.
How do you get around Manhattan during the week?
Anything with wheels will do. I use taxis; I'll utilize a car when I need one—Uber has changed my life.
The most challenging part about Fashion Week is getting places on time. I make contact with every neighborhood in Manhattan at some point, except maybe Carnegie Hill. I go from the Upper East Side to the Meatpacking District to SoHo to Chelsea to the Hudson Hotel—it's just up and down the city.
What do you look for at the shows?
My job is to be the antennae for newness. I'm looking for things that our customer will love that she doesn't own in her closet. I always look to marry the newest ideas with what the buyers think they can sell, based on history, and fuse the two to create something exciting in the store.
How many people are on your team?
There are seven us. We divide and conquer as much as possible, and we double up at certain shows. The shows are very well-attended by the buyers who purchase that line for the store.