One of the (many) perks of being a PR girl is having the opportunity to attend some fabulous fashion events. Of course, it doesn’t come with out some hard work. A client of mine was working the Richard Chai Spring 2013 show, so I had the opportunity to see first hand how backstage of New York Fashion Week goes down. The answer – a lot of late models, a lot of coffee, and a HECK of a lot of talent. Though running around backstage and running errands to be sure everyone has everything they need seems beyond insane at the time, it is all worth it when the show perfectly comes together for those 10 minutes of beauty.
This past weekend I finally got to check an item off of the NYC to-do list and traveled to the west side to ride The Beast. The Beast is a speedboat ride that leaves from West 42nd Street and 12th Avenue every day on the hour through the summer until September 30. The 30-minute boat ride takes you to the Statue of Liberty to take photos and back.
The Beast was a blast – loud music blasting, a fast ride, great views and lots and lots of water. One thing I wasn’t expecting is how they purposely try to get you soaked, so don’t expect to walk off this ride dry. Definitely add this ride to your bucket list. Many New Yorkers don’t even know about it!
Following the boat ride I ventured down to the West Village for all you can eat sushi at Kumo (I had dried off by then). Only $25 for unlimited sushi – great for birthday get togethers.
Have you taken any boat rides around the city? What was your favorite?
This week is a little hectic, as Fashion week is kicking off in New York and A and I are working a couple shows for our clients. Though we will not be hand on working with models or walking runways, we do have to make sure our clients have the best experience backstage while securing media interviews and basically staying out of everyone’s way. Though Fashion Week is really as glamorous as it seems, nothing that beautiful can be executed without a little blood, sweat and tears. Here is what a PR girl needs to have during New York Fashion Week:
Chic flats to run back and forth from testing sessions, heels for the actual show
A distinctive iPhone ring so you can hear your phone over the 254 others that are going off backstage
Coffee in the morning, coffee in the afternoon, coffee at night
Nail polish remover wipes (if you get a chip, time to take it off), face powder (you will sweat) and mascara/liquid eyeliner (you could be going from backstage to client drinks in a matter of minutes)
Trail mix packs to avoid starving and falling over
Your mom/best friend/therapist on speed dial
Calendar reminders of each show/appointment put into your phone, with alarms
SOS numbers saved in case anything should go wrong (and it almost always does)
Cheat sheet for clients (and yourself) with designer bios, designer pronunciation, editor bios and head shots
A scarf or jacket – backstage can be frigid, even though you’ll be running around like a mad person