Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion Week

New York fashion week has ended and the collections have been presented to the buyers and the press — but what happens on the runway is only one small part of the action. We sent intrepid photographer Nilina Mason-Campbell to bring you the best of backstage. Click on for Paris Hilton, Amanda Lepore, Solange Knowles, and lots of outlandish eye makeup.


Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekTaking their seats front of house were guests including Rick "Zombie Boy" Genest, Amanda Lepore, and a man wearing a silver mesh visor.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekParis Hilton made repeated appearances this season, turning up to sit front row at the Blonds, Jeremy Scott, and Charlotte Ronson (where some P.R. who really deserves a raise put her next to Corey Kennedy). I guess the '90s really are back.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekIn honor of this photo, I just Googled, "Paris Hilton looking at her own chest." I found a blog, written in broken English, full of pictures of Paris Hilton peering down at her cleavage, with captions like, "Interestingly, Paris Hilton on his chest seems to be proud of, was to capture the next shot a lot of self-reward Bust." I love the Internet.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekMakeup in progress backstage at the Blonds.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekMakeup references.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekModel Grace Bol.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekDesigner Philippe Blonde being filmed backstage before the show.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekNew York fashion week kicked off with Fashion's Night Out, Anna Wintour's favorite invented holiday. This is a view of the evening crowds in SoHo.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekInside a store, this couple kissed.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekSeveral stores, including Guess, pictured, opted for live models in their windows.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekThe Ace Hotel hosted a karaoke party with Solange Knowles, Devonté Hynes, Alexa Chung, and Ed Droste. You could get a K-Pop "makeover" before taking the stage.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekDroste and Knowles singing.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekA male model in hair and makeup backstage at the Perry Ellis show.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekThe backstage work space.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekEach fashion week show look comes with detailed instructions for the dressers, who are often design student volunteers.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekWhich is not to say that backstage is all work and no play.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekEach look at Perry Ellis was topped off with a beige wool hat.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekModels line up before the show.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekA model showing off her guns at the Sobotka presentation.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekBackstage photographers are always asking models to blow kisses. It's one way to get the nails, the hair, and the makeup design into the same frame.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekHealthy food options.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekMost of the models at the Harlem's Fashion Row fashion show had sequined eyelids.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekA makeup artist plying her craft.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekBackstage staff.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekA model awaiting hair and makeup.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekAt Jen Kao, a hairstylist tucks one model's hair under her hat.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekMakeup isn't just for faces — it's for any area of skin that can be seen by the show attendees or by the runway photographers.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekA model backstage at Jen Kao.
Paris Hilton, Celery Sticks, and Sequins: Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion WeekReady to step onto the runway.