A top model’s daily Fashion Week schedule typically begins predawn, with back-to-back castings, fittings, and shows booked in 20-minute increments and lasting into the wee hours. It’s a mad dash between gigs, with little room for errors such as transportation snafus (a challenge this week, with heavy traffic due to stepped-up 9/11 security), but once at a show, the sitting around for hair and makeup makes a good read, be it on iPad or in paperback, de rigueur. New York being only the start of the fashion season, staying sane is important not just for looking good, but for keeping healthy in order to get through the monthlong marathon. Here, a look at how Ford’s girls deal:
Q: Do you have any indispensable beauty products during Fashion Week?
A: By Terry rose balm, Bliss triple-oxygen energizing mask, Zi:O eyedrops from Japan.
Q: What bag will you carry everything around in from show to show?
A: My new Monaco bag by Corto Moltedo.
Q: What is your go-to outfit or Fashion Week “uniform”?
A: Chic and simple. Black and white.
Q: What shoes will you end up wearing the most during the week?
A: I just got an amazing pair of black Giuseppe Zanotti heels and, for running around, my ever-faithful Chanel flats.
Q: What are you reading to pass the time?
A: Paul Arden books and Just Kids by Patti Smith.
Q: What tech devices do you make sure to bring along (BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, etc.)?
A: I’ll have all three, as they each have their uses!
Q: Name one thing that goes everywhere with you.
A: My vintage Chanel sunglasses.
Q: How did you rest up and rejuvenate before the shows?
A: I haven’t had time! But I would have liked to have spent some time at home in Mauritius, resting and being healthy. I’ve been too busy and it’s much too far away!!
Q: Which restaurants or cafes in NYC will you frequent during Fashion Week?
A: My restaurant! Tartinery, in Nolita.
Q: Which shows and parties are you most looking forward to?
A: Looking forward to Alexander Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, Betsey Johnson, Herve Leger, and Calvin Klein. And I love Fashion’s Night Out! The city was buzzing and it’s always fun!
Q: How do you take care of yourself during Fashion Week?
A: It’s very important to stay hydrated, so I’ll drink lots of water and try to rest whenever possible.