Yesterday was the Derek Lam show, held in Chelsea at a small, chic venue. I was assigned to be a dresser for the models backstage which I was super excited to do. I first arrived at the venue 3 hours before the 12 o’clock show. Backstage was already bustling with photographers, hair and makeup artists, models, and interviews. Once I was checked in I was sent to a curtained off area where the Fall collection was just being delivered from the office. From there, we had to separate the looks by which model was wearing it. Luckily, each look was already put together in a garment bag so we just had to match it with the photos of the models hanging around the room. The garments still had to be steamed and rolled with a lint roller to ensure they were in perfect condition for the runway. As we were getting the final details together, I look across the room and there was Anna Wintour going over the looks with Derek. My heart almost dropped!! I couldn’t believe I was 5 feet away from such a fashion legend. Overall, I was pretty surprised about how smoothly things went and how organized the whole process was. While the models were still in hair and makeup, I got to peek and see who we had walking in the show. I knew almost all of the models as I follow them on social media, it was so cool to be able to work with them.
The looks from the Fall 2015 collection.
Model as she comes off the runway.
Dressing model, Imaan backstage.