Backstage At New York Fashion Week

New York fashion week wrapped up yesterday after nine days of designer shows and presentations, and intrepid photographer Arianna Reiche did the backstage rounds for Jezebel. Read on for tips from makeup artists, models making faces, actually fewer cigarettes than one might expect, and painful footwear.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

Here, a model eating backstage at Costello Tagliapietra.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

Models reading.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

Peruvian Juana Burga talking to one of the other models walking in the Costello Tagliapietra show.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

Singer Corinne Bailey Rae and Miss J. of America's Next Top Model fame sat in the front row.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

A hairdresser fixes a model's 'do.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

Head or "key" make-up artist Lottie at the Cynthia Rowley show. Lottie — no last name — is a Californian who cut her teeth in foggy old London and has keyed shows in just about every fashion capital on the globe. While the models were stuck in terror-threat traffic, we had a chance to talk shop (and by "shop," I mean my face).

Jez: What are the biggest mistakes we tend to make with our faces?

Lottie: Picking the wrong foundation color, going to bed without washing your face, not moisturizing.

Jez: What's the one tip you would give a lady about skin? Only one tip.

Lottie: Wash your face before you go to bed!

Jez: What lipstick are you wearing right now?
Lottie: Actually a custom lipstick that a friend made for me. I'm not allowed to say who it is because it's a top secret thing hes working on with a celebrity.

Well, THAT was helpful.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

The scene backstage at the Gen Art show, which showcases emerging designers.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

A petite makeup artist touches up a model who I would put at 6'2" in heels.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

The Gen Art venue.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

Models' composite cards.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

Emergency supplies.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

A model's handbag, which contains the high heels she changes into for castings and her large, black portfolio, or "book."

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

Dressers stick tape into too-big shoes backstage at Gen Art. [Jenna note: This explains why all the girls in the white shoes were walking so fucking gingerly.]

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

Backstage at the Libertine show.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

Makeup artists' kits.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

A model backstage at Libertine.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

Four hair and makeup artists work on one model.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

Models discussing the runway choreography.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

I wonder how rich one would have to be to afford this Libertine t-shirt?

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

The finale or runway "flood."

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

Model Charlotte Free, who is known for her pink hair, and a male model pose with cigarettes for backstage photographers at Libertine.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

And there you go.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

A model getting her hair braided backstage before Jen Kao's show.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

The nails were serious business at Jen Kao.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

On the right: this board shows each model in the show, wearing the look she has been assigned, in order of appearance. On the left: this guy, who goes by AK-47, was at the tents all day. He was wearing a Lanvin for H&M dress and a hat with two of the mini McQueen "Armadillo" shoes that the Met gift shop sold by the truckload during the museum's "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" exhibit.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

A model on the runway at Jen Kao.

Backstage At New York Fashion Week

Models making faces.