I didn't realize how exhausting friday would be until I hit the proverbial brick wall today. At about 2:30 pm I just couldn't function and had to sleep. I slept until five and I'm the girl who never naps.
I think the best words to sum up the backstage experience (totally different from the front of house experience!) was a long calm then chaos! Somehow some of the model stacking for different designers got a little confused so we were waiting on models to dress that were on stage and we found ourselves ripping off different outfits and dressing different models and really just working hard to make sure that everyone got out in a timely manner.
Getting interviewed and my mom and I - Thanks Mom!!
There was, to say the least, quite a bit of adrenaline flowing and it took almost to midnight before I was able to calm down and really process what had just happened.
Backstage and peeking out at the empty runway
I still really, really enjoyed it - somehow I think that the chaos can be a little fun. It's not easy when it's like that but you sort of get into the thrill of the moment. It reminds me of GOTV day or election night from when I was working in politics.
Models in makeshift hair and makeup
I also liked that everyone was helping everyone out. My timeline was so tight that I was able to hand out all of my dresses and outfits to other designers and their assistants and I had six people dressing for me. All I had to do was get the models in order and do the final tucks and pulls on the outfits. I want to thank the backstage community for that, who were so willing to jump in and help even though it wasn't their own clothes.