First of all, I want to thank all of you who have come up to me to introduce yourselves! Hearing your thoughts about the show is great, and thanks for your words of encouragement. The "fashion emergency" happened right in the middle of fashion week, just when I thought things were slowing down. Basically I walked into Rachel's room in the morning as I always did and she explained that we had one day to get an entire press tour together and ship the looks to London, including clothes for two red carpet appearances. I honestly thought she was joking at first and then I realized that she was not kidding at all.
Pulling together looks for an entire press tour is easier to accomplish when I'm in NY, because NY is where the majority of designer's showrooms are located. So when I call to request clothes, the garment bags arrive only hours later via messenger to the hotel or the fitting location. I was on the phone and e-mailing pretty much all day. I contacted every single designer known to man, because we needed all different types of clothing: tops, jeans, blouses, skirts, jackets, cocktail dresses, gowns - you name it, I got it! In the end I had about 8 racks of clothes and 40 pairs of shoes, along with day bags, evening bags and jewelry.
The fitting was a huge success - the client walked away with amazing outfits that were packed up and shipped to London immediately. I actually really enjoyed the pressure and time constraints of this particular process. I never worried that I wouldn't be able to produce enough clothes. I have to say that I was quite pleased with myself that I gathered so many options for our client, and many of the pieces had just walked the runways in New York.
In LA, lot of my time and energy was misdirected into the drama of my work situation, but in NY it was a relief to work and complete tasks without having to worry whether or not I was upsetting anybody or not doing it their way. I trusted MY instincts and applied the things that I had learned from Taylor, but I did organize the racks in a different way than Taylor. (Don't spread that piece of information around.) Seeing Annebet was so good for me because she really set me back on track. She is so inspiring because she manages a career as a stylist and she also has her own clothing line - Doucette Duvall. Annebet always has good advice and she has my best interest at heart. I don't know what I would've done then or what I would do now without my amazing friends. I love them to death!
At the end of fashion week, my head was actually spinning from all the great experiences I had. I went to amazing shows and I got meet Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg and Marc Jacobs. I felt I would awaken to discover it was all a dream, but it was, in fact, reality. We work extremely hard at camp Zoe, scrutinizing every last detail, to ensure that every client is happy, but we also have incredible experiences and a lot of fun. Rachel and I had so much fun in between shows on shopping sprees, but Rodger basically banned me from ever setting foot in a store with Rachel again. As of now, I am not allowed to go shopping with Rachel.