As Miranda Priestly put it in "Devil Wears Prada," Fashion Week is the “busiest week of our year.” Between going to shows, attending parties, rubbing elbows with celebs and interviewing designers backstage, it's a pretty awesome eight days. But, sometimes, an unfortunate scheduling conflict occurs when New York Fashion Week overlaps with Valentine’s Day.
As that is the case this Saturday, we asked 10 people in the industry if and how they plan to celebrate V-Day... while tending to the madness that their jobs demand.
Misha Nonoo, Designer
"My fall 2015 runway show and then a good cuddle with my dog, Thatcher. Unfortunately, my husband is going to be away this year!"
Marissa Webb, Designer and Banana Republic Creative Director
"I’ll be at the Banana Republic fall/winter 2015 presentation as we’ll be showing on Valentine’s Day this year! After two shows in two days, I’m looking forward to decompressing with my fiancé and my pups! We don’t take Valentine’s Day too seriously in my house, besides the cookies and the candy! Guillaume is a cookie monster!"
Christian Siriano, Designer
"I have never had a show on a holiday so this will be a first. I was a bit afraid at first, but now my team and I are embracing it. There will be a little something filled with love on every seat at my show this season that hopefully will put our editors and guests in the Valentine's Day spirit. We also plan on throwing a special after-party that will be Valentine's themed. There will be some type of chocolate dessert cocktail, candy all around, and everyone is allowed to attend as a couple and enjoy the night."
Erin Cunningham, 'Refinery29' New York Editor
"None at the moment! As much as I'd like for us to be on a beach, we'll most likely spend the evening cozied up at Le Parisien or The Spotted Pig, two of our favorite New York spots. After a week of running around (and inevitably staying up so so late), I expect nothing less than lots and lots of Cote du Rhone. Every Fashion Week, whether it's overlapped with Valentine's Day or not, my boyfriend knows that all I want is pizza, wine and lots of sleep."
Aliza Licht, Senior Vice President of Global Communications, Donna Karan International
"We're not big Valentine's Day people, so if we go out we just wing it last minute. One year, the Donna Karan New York runway show was on Valentine's Day, so I spent it at Donna's apartment for her seasonal after-show party. It was a fashion love-fest!"
Tom Mora, Vice President of Women's Design, J.Crew
"Fashion week is a crazy time for everyone — sometimes I prefer to postpone the holiday and make it a weekend celebration after the madness."
Amanda Keiser, Digital Style Director, 'Lucky'
"Aside from running back and forth between shows, I have super-casual dinner plans with my husband and his best friend. I think I’m the third wheel in this scenario, but I’m feeling pretty great about having two Valentines."
Arturo Diaz, Senior Publicity Director, KCD Worldwide
"My boyfriend and I will be ordering in pizza from Motorino, sharing a bottle of wine and watching Netflix. I need something relaxing because KCD has five shows the next day! We used to do the obligatory candlelit dinners for Valentine’s, but we realized that for us the best way to spend the holiday is to do something intimate and low-key."
Nikki Ogunnaike, Online Style Editor, 'Glamour'
"This Valentine's day I plan on spending the day at shows and then heading to a delicious dinner probably filled with pasta and wine. I quickly realized that neither NYFW or Valentine's Day really matter to most dudes, so I've always taken a more relaxed approach to the day. That means a few shows (and glasses of prosecco) during the day and then dinner with loved ones at night."
Ali Pew, Style Editor, 'InStyle'
"I haven't made plans yet since I don't know my exact show schedule that day, but Saturday is always one of the busiest days of the show calendar. I think my husband will probably come meet me in between shows somewhere in the city and we will grab dinner. I must admit he is really sweet and loves giving gifts so he always surprises me with a handbag I've been wanting or really great piece of jewelry!
One year I remember coming back from shows late and my husband (boyfriend at the time) got us last-minute reservations at 1 Or 8, a sushi restaurant in Williamsburg, one of our favorites in our neighborhood. I think we got done eating after midnight!"