How is New York fashion week different than other fashion weeks?
New York is my home turf. I always feel a sense of comfort and safety there because it's what I know best. The great thing about New York is that it's very real and it's not very pretentious. That's not to say that Europe is pretentious, but it is a bit less formal than, say, Paris. I think New York gets better every year. The great thing about it is that it really develops and supports new, young talent such as Rodarte, Erin Fetherston, and Jenni Kayne and all these designers that are so brilliantly talented. I think a lot of them come to New York because they know they're going to get support there. New York is just fun and has a lot of energy, but it's extra hard for me because I always have clients in town and they're always doing something, so I'm always running between fittings and shows.
With so many events taking place, how do you plan your Fashion Week schedule?
We get something called the fashion calendar - sort of the master list of every show and every event. Then I look at what my work obligations are and there are definitely shows that I never, ever miss. That would be Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and Zac Posen. In New York, a lot of my friends are designers and I really do use them a lot so it's always great to go to the show and see what they're doing.
Have you ever considered keeping a studio in NYC?
I'm actually looking for one right now. It's not that easy. But yes, I'm looking for a studio and a home in New York. I spend a lot of time there and New York hotel living gets a little tiring.
Brad had an adjoining room with you at the hotel in New York. How did that happen and how did you deal with that?
Whenever we stay in that room we use that adjoining room for meetings and fittings and wardrobe. That room is normally meant for work purposes only. That room has no privacy and there's a very thin door, so I was very surprised they put Brad there. We really need that room for work, wardrobe racks, and meetings, so it was kind of a scandal at the time.
He ended up staying with Taylor...
That was one of the funniest things I've seen. And it was so real. Taylor's like, "No talking. No touching. No eating." It was amazing.
In this episode, we see the effect the gossip blogs have on you. How do you feel about that part of your life? Why do you think people target you?
You know, if I could answer that it would be the million-dollar question with the million-dollar answer. I never quite understood, nor does anyone in my life understand, why I am such a moving target. It's a very surreal thing for me - it's extremely hurtful, and I'm extremely sensitive. All I've done with my life in the last fifteen years is work and I've made tremendous sacrifices in my personal life for my work. I still to this day don't understand why I am such a victim of the press. That's not to say the press hasn't been very kind at times, but unfortunately what sticks in people's minds is the negative press. It hurts. A lot of what people write is the absolute opposite of what actually happened. I don't understand why journalists don't fact check, why they just have the freedom to just write whatever they want. I could just sit there and lie, you know? At the end of the day, over the last two years, I've really managed to develop a much thicker skin, but on the inside it still really hurts. There are certain things that really upset me more than others. I think the same ones you hear over and over, it's sort of like, "Okay, broken record. I'm over it. Shut up and go away." Then there's one that will come at you from a very credible publication writing two pages of lies that you just can't believe. I'm constantly blindsided. I think when I'm really tired and really overworked I'm really more sensitive to it. When I'm sleep deprived and at my wit's end, I just cave in and come undone.