Winter storm Nemo is bearing down on the East Coast, and forecasters are predicting that New York City will get 10-15 inches of snow. Not that Fashion Week is going to let that get in the way of anything: As of now, all shows (well, except Marc Jacobs) will go ahead as scheduled.
But the crappy and unpredictable weather still means that the industry may need practical footwear and a real survival kit--instead of just Smart Water and dry shampoo.
We chatted up a bunch of fashion industry people today to see how they're prepping for the storm, how they'll dress, and whether or not they're worried. From Tim Blanks' plans to buy Timberlands to Cara Delevingne's concern that it will turn into "fashion Lord of the Flies," here's what the industry thinks of Nemo:
Jessica Stam: "I was supposed to be leaving to LA tonight because I'm shooting something there tomorrow and my flight got cancelled, which I just think is ridiculous. I'm from Ontario, I'm from Canada. We take off in the middle of a blizzard no matter what. I got my drivers license in a blizzard in April. "
Cara Delevingne: "I love the snow. I love the idea of getting snowed in somewhere. Hopefully if I'm somewhere with a fire and good friends and some whiskey I'll be happy. I'm worried about being stuck here for a bit. It'll be like fashion Lord of the Flies maybe. I've got a very nice driver, thank god. All of my stuff's in there, I've got a duvet in there and a lot of food so I'm good. I'm ready for the blizzard. [All the shoes] I brought have got a lot of grip on them. I did [bring heels] but they're big furry Burberry wedges--they've got fur inside and fur trim."
Jourdan Dunn: "I'm not gonna lie, I am a bit scared. Like if it's going to be serious like Sandy, and no power and everything. But it seems like everyone in fashion is still moving, there are still shows going on...and I have these boots! [Ed note: They were perforated slouchy leather and not at all practical for two feet of snow.]"
Alina Cho: "People have been asking me [if the storm] is going to wreak havoc on fashion week and I say "Sure--on our footwear!" [Ed. note: She was wearing sky high suede stiletto pumps.] I haven't heard of any designers cancelling besides Marc Jacobs which is understandable since he's missing pieces, but no: I don't know anybody who's going to give up their seat!"
Harry and Peter Brant: Peter: Snowstorms are so in right now, oh my god they're so chic.
Harry: They're hot.
Peter: New York is kind of copying Paris couture week. They kind of set the trend and now we're trying to have our own snowstorm to upstage them.
Daphne Groeneveld: "I'm not worried, but I'm just trying to figure it all out now. I have big boots that are super warm. I think you need to have them! I'm just gonna stay in the hotel as long as I can."
Tim Blanks: "I've been in New York so often when people are freaking out about a storm coming. And it never comes--but Sandy actually took people by surprise a little bit. It's this politics of fear, you know, keep everybody scared of something so they won't confront what's REALLY wrong with the world. I never have a car in New York, I just take a taxi. I don't have proper shoes though. [Ed. note: He was wearing super polished perfect dress shoes.] I'm going to have to go and buy some Timberlands or something."
Guido Palau: "I haven't even thought about [the storm]! All I really thought was, 'I wonder if my local Indian restaurant is going to be open tonight.' That's what I really thought--is the storm going to be that bad? I'm lucky I've got a driver. "
Odile Gilbert: "I lived through Sandy. It's like everything in life--you have to deal with it. We are lucky enough to work in a fabulous business. I've been in New York when there's snow and no people and no cars, and it's an incredible way to see the city. Except we have shows! Here's what I have to say: 'Don't worry about the motion of the ocean.' Take James Brown's advice!"
Bryanboy: "Basically I dress for indoors, I mean if I'm going to be comfortable indoors, I really don't care outside I just wear it, rain, snow, wind, shine, whatever... I mean I have a car! Thank god!"
Kate Nash: "There's nothing you can do [to look good]! You have to just accept it...and just like roll with it. I think, try to find a cool rain jacket... and I always wear a beanie now. The best thing is, you can tuck your whole hair into a beanie and you kind of look like a little mushroom..but then as soon as you get where you need to go, you pull it out... and you have hair again."