What 3 Style Stars Packed For Fashion Week

Whether you lay out each day's outfit garment by garment, or shove all the contents of your closet into a bag last minute (yep, with dresses still on hangers), packing is always a pain in the ass. And, while few do it as well as our own editor-in-chief Christene Barberich, we found three style A-listers who jetted into NYC for Fashion Week that have the traveling-to-the-tents thing on lock. You know we needed to get the scoop at what they packed, their super star outfits, and the essentials they can't leave home without. So, we crashed their hotel rooms for a hot minute — photog in tow — to get a very intimate peek into the beyond glam suitcases of two editors and one major fashion photographer. There are insane Lanvin boots, Céline everything, cult sunglasses, insider beauty brands... the list goes on and on, making this the chicest answer to the age-old question, "what's in the bag?"
Find out what fashion's finest pack to make them look picture-perfect in the Fashion Week tents.
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Candice Lake, fashion photographer

What's your go-to NYFW outfit?
“I pretty much live in leather pants, boots (either my Bottega Veneta boots or my Acne) and this season I'm loving a little bit of shearling or fur to just make an outfit pop. I also love a little bit of color, as you can see here! So, it's always like leather pants with a pop of color. It's easy — you can fall out of bed and roll into it and then everything's fine.”

Do you pack in outfits (with a general idea of your looks), or do you just put them together on the spot?
“I have been traveling for pretty much 12 years and you would think by now I would be an amazing packer, but literally I throw everything I can fit into the bag, I sit on it, and if the bag closes, it's coming with me and then I get to Fashion Week. I normally just wake up and hope for the best and throw something together. That's really how I do it and it seems to be okay.”

You have a lot of great hats, how do you travel with them?
“I put them in my carry-on!  I put my cameras inside them and stuff my scarf down as padding.”   

Clockwise from top right: Chanel bag; Michael Kors grey sweater; Christopher Kane neon dress; St. Kilda pink and blue lips bracelets; The New York Times; Molskine; Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee; Tribeca Grand room keys (with several replacements in case one gets lost); Chanel wallet; Rue Du Mail orange dress; black leather gloves from a department store in London; Céline sunglasses; Kit Kat bar; vintage green plaid skirt; Erdem floral trousers; Lanvin black belt, vintage hat from Amacord New York; iPhone; Canon 5D Mark ii; Sandisk memory cards; Virginia Johnson scarf; Christopher Kane sleeveless vest.

Photographed by Mindy Best
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What do you love about NYFW?
“The drama! [laughs] As a photographer, I love the light, it's so beautiful to shoot here.  I have so much fun at the parties if I can get out, but normally I'm editing really late. But I love coming back to NY because I lived here for a long time and for me it's like my second home." 

When you're shooting, is there a certain style you look for in your subjects?  Or do you just see them and know?
“I really love shooting the editors and the stylists and the buyers — a lot of my photographs are of Anna Della Russo, Ruth Runberg, Caroline Issa, and Marina from Style.com. I really am inspired by that and they get it right every single time. But you always love to see that new face, that new girl who's doing something you've never seen before. So I think it is trying to get that mixture of the two which is really important—to not only focus on the people who have access and the knowledge of fashion (that respected knowledge of being in the industry for their careers). I think it's really exciting to see the way that young people interpret fashion. I like young girls who are fashion assistants — I really love girls who understand fashion, they follow trends, but they're really really, creative in how they interpret it. I love London girls, I love anyone who really mixes vintage with a trend. I get so excited and I like young girls who are fashion students who don't yet know that they create this excitement.”

The personalities of the subjects really shine through in your photos, do you look for that in who you're shooting?
“Yeah, I think it's really important to get to know somebody and get a bit of an energy. It's almost like doing a portrait in four frames, I always say that, but it really is. You've got to really build up a rapport with somebody and if you don't have that luxury it's about seeing somebody how they really are. I'm not interested in having somebody just stand there because I don't feel like there's a sense of connection there for anybody looking at the pictures. I love movement, I love light, I love a girl who has energy and confidence and it's really all the girl.  It's not me, it's the girl.  She gives me a lot of confidence, and I love that.    I think it's really important to make people feel like there's a sort of respect there because I see a lot of photographers go and quite aggressively yell, 'Can I do this, can I do that?', so I think it's really about having a lot of respect for the person you're shooting.  And if they're not into it that day, you're never going to get a good shot anyway. So, that's probably what I love the most.”

Clockwise from top right: Macbook Pro; Wacom tablet; Blackberry; Ray Ban sunglasses; Candice's cards; coffee from La Colombe.

Photographed by Mindy Best
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You shoot for a lot of different places. Do you change your subject matter for different clients?  
“Yes, absolutely. For instance, obviously the readership of Vogue is a lot different from the readership of Glamour, and therefore you have to be quite specific with the demographic you're shooting, so for me I'm really mindful of that. And then for myself, I always shoot those girls I was telling you about before. While for me it's really about the picture, I am also really mindful of the demographic. A younger girl is not going to be super interested in someone dressed head-to-toe.  Like Daphne Guinness is probably not appropriate for Glamour, as much I absolutely adore her!”

Do you have any secret spots that you're really into or any favorite shops or restaurants you want to let our readers in on?
“Well, I love Amacord in New York.  Whenever I come here I go there and Barneys, and I love the Lower East Side —there are so many amazing stores there. I always eat in Il Cantinori, I love that place for when you want to get away from everything. But then I love Balthazar because it's a bit fancy and I like that. I love Marlow & Sons in Brooklyn, that's my favorite, I love it there. It changes every time!”

Clockwise from top right: Tribeca Grand Hotel umbrella; Emm Kuo bag, Sportsgirl green hat, vintage yellow hat from London; fur hat from Portobello Road in London.

Photographed by Mindy Best
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Do you have a beauty bag?  What's in it?
“My beauty bag is very small. I wear Armani, a lot of Armani, just a tiny little bit of Face Fabric occasionally, YSL Touche Éclat, a little bit of Armani bronzer, Lucas' Papaw cream from Australia — every Australian you will ever meet will have this in their bag (it does wonders, I can't live without it!), whatever mascara I found from the front of the magazine is what I use basically, Tom Ford True Coral lipstick (can't live without that, it's my favorite), and that's pretty much it. I'm really into skincare though, so I don't wear so much makeup, but I'm really obsessed with different kinds of face creams and things like that.”

Which face cream are you using now?
“It's this one from Germany called Dr. Spiller's and it's bright blue so if you don't rub it in your face looks blue.  But, it's actually really amazing — I got it from a facialist and I can't go without it.”

From left to right: Armani blush brush; Acqua Di Parma shampoo and conditioner, Dr. Spiller collagen cream; Armani blush, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat; Lucas' Papaw Ointment; MAC 'False Lashes' mascara; Armani 'Face Fabric'; Tom Ford lipsticks; Moroccan oil; Shu Uemura skin purifier; Etoile Isabel Marant necklace; Nars cream blush.

Photographed by Mindy Best
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What is the one piece you're most excited to wear this season?
“I'm loving these Rue du Mail furs that I have. They're just so beautiful and special and I've never worn anything so beautiful — it's like art. So for me, it's about these Rue du Mail pieces.”

You have a lot of special designer items! Do you only wear a designer's current season, or do you not care about that?
“No, I don't believe in throwing away fashion, which is why I like designers like Céline and Rue du Mail, and I feel like there's a lot of longevity in pieces and I really love pieces that still are really bright colors but I'm not at all interested in like, just throwing it away every season; I find that to be so wasteful. For me, I love pieces that you can mix in season after season and play around with new things and vintage things — see a lot of the pieces I'm wearing here are from last season and I just like to mix it up. But I think it's really about confidence and that's maybe why I love those young girls because I think you can make anything look amazing. I don't care if you're wearing Prada or Primark (you don't have Primark here, but it's like Forever 21), if you feel really amazing in that piece, you can wear it time and time again in different way and I think that's what's exciting about fashion.”

Describe your style in your own words.
“Classic with a twist, with a pop of color. Like, for instance, that Christopher Kane, I love that it's a super beautiful classic cut but then it's neon. So I love classic cuts, but with a pop or a twist, like a really eccentric or loud shoulder, like a fur or a big, colorful hat — but keeping it always quite classic and clean. I like intelligent-sexy dressing.”

From left to right: Joseph coat; Tory Burch boots.

Photographed by Mindy Best
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Caroline Issa, Tank Magazine

What's your go-to NYFW outfit?
“Especially in February, when it’s so cold and I’m running around a lot, it’s easy separates from 3.1 Phillip Lim, or printed trousers like printed jeans that you can pair with something simple like a black coat and still have that pop of color. Right now, I’m doing solid, simple tops that I pair with my Current/Elliott or Paige jeans, that are just loaded with huge flowers.”

Do you pack in outfits, with a general idea of your looks or do you just mainly put outfits together on the spot?
“You try to plan outfits for the seven days you’re here, but you also bring lots of great separates.”

Clockwise from top right: Snake necklace from a London flea market; Corto Moltedo electric blue clutch; Mother of Pearl T-shirt; Karen Walker sunglasses; 3.1 Phillip Lim black jacket; Prada black gloves; St. Kilda earrings; Current Elliott leopard jeans; Benah glossy deep navy clutch; Jason Wu gray top with black lace sleeve detail; Karen Walker sunglasses; Chloé flats; Kindle; Agnell purple gloves; J. Mendel chiffon pleated skirt, J. Mendel fur; New York Times Style Magazine.

Photographed by Mindy Best
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Do you have a beauty bag?  What's in it?
“I don’t use huge amounts of makeup, I essentially wear black eyeliner, mascara, and some lipstick. But I’m completely addicted to potions and creams, things like that. As you can see, I’ve packed a lot of recovery gels, just stuff to make your skin breathe after running around in the wind, etc. I do lots of bright lipsticks, I bring reds and pinks with me everywhere — you look awake!”

Which face cream are you using now?
“I'm completely addicted to this French brand that you can only buy in French pharmacies. You might be able to buy them in specialized beauty places here. It’s called Embryolisse. At night, the newest thing I put on is this Kiehl’s recovery concentrate — it’s amazing, it soaks into your skin, and while you’re sleeping, it makes your skin incredibly soft so you don’t look completely haggard the next day.”

From left to right: Jurlique recovery gel; Kiehl's Midnight Recovery concentrate; MAC Girl About Town lipstick; Tom Ford Cherry Rush lipstick; Shu Uemura Sensual Red lipstick; Love, Chloé perfume; Natura Bisse Diamond Drop serum; Embryolisse creme.

Photographed by Mindy Best
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What is the one piece you're most excited to wear this season?
“Not really one piece, but I did get the most amazing Tom Ford coat — in the sales, admittedly. I’ve also got some of these amazing furs from J. Mendel that I’m wearing here, and pairs from Prada and Jimmy Choo — there’s lots of things I’m excited to wear from this season!”

What do you love about NYFW?
“So many young designers are showing next to the big brands, the Marc Jacobses, the Donna Karans, the Calvin Kleins, next to the Altuzarras, the Proenzas, Phillip Lims, Thakoon, you could go on and on. There are so many amazing young(ish) talents right next to major American sportswear and luxury. I love that kind of dichotomy. In London, it’s mostly young designers, with a few big brands. Milan has a few major brands, and in Paris, you have the incredible, the huge shows. In New York, you see clothes coming down the runway you actually want to wear — my shopping list gets very, very long here.”

Do you have any secret spots that you're really into or any favorite shops or restaurants you want to let our readers in on?
“The place I go to for a bit of sanity, and amazing organic food, at 14th and 8th (S'Nice). And I love Doma.”

Clockwise from top: Monique Péan necklace; 3.1 Phillip Lim coat; 3.1 Phillip Lim white bag; Jimmy Choo heels.

Photographed by Mindy Best
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Are you into the whole "you can only wear current season" thing?
“I have pieces that are seasonless, but I do tend to invest in coats for the coming winter season. I used to try to have a new coat for the season. There are the classic and timeless pieces, and then there are the things to get you back on trend.”

Describe your style in your own words.
“My style is tailored, not fussy. A great top, a great jacket, great heels — I like clean, tailored pieces. I tend to build outfits around shoes. When you have a great pair of shoes, you just work upwards. But still, the only thing that anyone notices are the shoes anyway. Just work around the shoes.”

With these new collections, what are you looking for as an individual, not just as an editor?
“Over the next four weeks, I’m looking for what’s inspiring the designers, what shapes they’re putting out, what they’re investing in for the next season. Already I’m seeing wet, shiny leathers, a lot of suiting. Personally, I watch the catwalk and you decide what I like, what I want. Professionally, you’re thinking about how to build a story for the magazine that will reflect the key trends coming out of the shows.”

From left to right: Tom Ford peep toe booties; Smythson diary; Lacoste USB drive; 3D printed iPhone case; Benah bracelet; Prism glasses; Athena Procopiou scarf.

Photographed by Mindy Best
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Sofia Guellaty, Masquerade

What's your go-to NYFW outfit?
“For New York, I’d rather keep it more casual than the other cities, playing on bold jewelry, or a colorful, cool shoe. It’s making something casual, like the 3.1 Phillip Lim wool shirt with the Christian Dior pants, or something very street and mixing it with something very chic. And, of course, sunglasses!”

Do you pack in outfits, with a general idea of your looks or do you just mainly put outfits together on the spot?
“On the spot — every time I go somewhere, I end up buying things, just adding, adding, adding. Just being a stylist, the way I work is more instinctive than planned. I usually start with one accessory and I work my outfit around it.”

Clockwise from top right: Corto Moltedo bag; Equipment blouse; necklace from Senegal; Persol sunglasses; 3.1 Phillip Lim bra; Isabel Marant skirt; Céline zipper clutch; Tunisian passport; Nannini belt; Roberto Cavalli dress; Charlotte Olympia shoes; Corto Moltedo envelope cutch; Ba&Sh coat; Barton camera; Gerard Darel hat; Joe Malone fragrance; Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream.

Photographed by Mindy Best
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Do you find yourself buying things for fashion week?
“You know you shouldn’t invest in something so outrageous, and if the designer’s a friend, I’ll borrow from them. I tend to invest in one bold Fashion Week piece that I wouldn’t wear in my daily life.”

What is the one piece you're most excited to wear this season?
“Just one piece? If I had unlimited money, then a Givenchy haute couture piece, and I love Stella McCartney. Giambattista Valli just made a great collection for summer.”

From left to right: Daily Couture by Birger Et Mikkelsen studded jacket; Pierre Hardy heels; Missoni sweater; Shourouk necklace; Armani shoes; Rimowa suitcase; Bare Minerals blush.

Photographed by Mindy Best
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Do you have a beauty bag?  What's in it?
“Chanel, and I love it! The éclat cream, and I also use Dr. Hauschka cream, and it’s tinted, so it gives you that glow — it’s a holistic German brand, you can find it in New York, it’s fair trade, it’s organic — it’s everything good!”

What do you love about NYFW?
“Just being in New York of course, and also that it’s much more approachable. With London, Milan and Paris, everything is so important, there’s so much money in it, and it’s very chic because it’s European, but New York is much more laid back. I love New York because it gives a space for new designers to show their work. Brands like Proenza and Rodarte would have had so much more trouble in places like Milan or Paris — I love the freshness of New York.”

Clockwise, from top right: Vintage Christian Dior trousers; Cartier watch; Giuseppe Zanotti for Vionnet shoes; Blue Céline classic bag; 3.1 Phillip Lim sweater

Photographed by Mindy Best
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Do you have any secret spots that you're really into or any favorite shops or restaurants you want to let our readers in on?
“I just discovered this nail salon that I’m just dying over: it’s Sakura Nails. This year I’m going to be all about nails, wearing sneakers with dresses, I just think we should play more. And Sakura is better than studio manicures — they’re very neat, very good. I always read Refinery29 as inspiration for our photoshoots, I just love your focus on nails. Right now, I’m doing the Corto Moltedo campaign and I’m going to hire the girl from Sakura to replicate the bag’s snakeskin on the nails — I give as much importance to the makeup artist and hairdresser as the manicurist. Another thing I love are the second-hand stores. I buy old, 80s t-shirts, cut them up — very New York Style — and bring them back to Paris where the girls are very preppy, very chic, they’re not as into vintage as the city. When I come back to Paris with them, it’s sort of special.”

You have a lot of special designer items, do you take them into the next season or do you feel like you prefer to leave them in the season in which they premiered?
“That’s impossible! I mix seasons, I’m not a fashion snob, I don’t have to own the latest thing, my love for clothes goes beyond the trend. And, it’s 2012, there are no trends. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in, play with your outfits! I love mixing in summer whites, like a white silk skirt with a cashmere sweater and moon boots — that is just something I would do. My icon is Diana Vreeland, I mix everything; play with the materials, play with the colors, just have fun!”

From left to right: Charlotte Olympia shoes; Sigerson Morrison booties; Corto Moltedo bag.

Photographed by Mindy Best
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Describe your style in your own words.
“Colorful, playful, it’s very layered. I love mixing materials together like silk and leather and glitter. Just fun!”

What’s your strategy as an editor? What do you want your magazine to express?
“My strategy is to find an angle, what no one else has written about. From me, you won’t see a normal critique of a fashion show, I’ll always try to twist it for a more approachable content for the reader. Refinery29 knows this: people don’t need fashion editors to tell them to wear yellow, they don’t care! What they want to know the behind the scenes, how to style what they already have — a more personable experience of fashion is what I want to bring. My strategy is to be more a friend than a role model.”

Clockwise from top: James Perse T-shirt; Lia Sophia necklace; Chanel Précision Éclat Originel Maximum Radiance Comfort Cream; Daytona Rolex.

Photographed by Mindy Best
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