While it's common to judge a person by their handwriting, shoes or coffee order (come on, we all do it a little), designers offer another opportunity for the humble observer to pass judgement: the bow.
This fleeting post-fashion show act, when the designer emerges from backstage to greet his or her audience, is normally over within two or three seconds. After weeks of stress and sleepless nights, the prospect of facing your fans, critics and a pit of photographers must be a little overwhelming.
A video compilation by the T Magazine , which features everyone from Alexander Wang to Ralph Lauren, demonstrates how different personalities react to the situation. Seen side by side, the post-show farewells give a tiny little window into the mind of each fashion visionary. Some embrace it, some are sheepishly proud, and others look like they wish the world would swallow them up ASAP. Some even harbour a deep-seated desire for a second career as a runway model (hello, Michael Kors!). We highly recommend you watch this so that you can get to know New York's fash elite just a little bit better...