By Catherine Piercy, Vogue magazine
She may be working nearly a dozen shows this week-not to mention high-profile parties like designer Alexander Wang's long-awaited store opening Tuesday night-but KCD publicity director Hallie Chrisman looks coolly unruffled in spite of the New York Fashion Week mayhem.
"It can be stressful," she says of juggling invitation lists, seating charts, backstage press requests, and "the occasional feisty celebrity" for designers like Jason Wu and Derek Lam. The knockout redhead, who is rarely spotted without her headset and seating chart (programmed tonight with Marc Jacobs's boldfaced guest list) takes a simple yet strategic approach to beauty. "There's not a lot of time to be worrying about your nail polish once the week gets going," says Chrisman, who will hop the first plane to London on Thursday, where she'll host visiting editors on behalf of the British Fashion Council, before continuing on to Paris to prep for Givenchy. "I do as much as I can beforehand, and then I pretty much just go with it," she says of the mad month-long dash.
Here, her tried-and-true strategy for surviving the season:
A few days before the shows, Chrisman drops into Bumble and Bumble's uptown salon to refresh her color. "I see Michelle [Glover] there." Hairstylist Katsumi Kasai comes to her Chelsea apartment for her cut. "He'll even meet me at the office in a pinch," she says of the Los Angeles-based pro, who travels to Manhattan every six weeks for house calls with his loyal clientele, as well as guest appearances at the Warren Tricomi Salon.
Chrisman, who wears "a six-inch heel pretty much all day, every day" during Fashion Week, sticks to ballet flats in the days before the shows. "I also get a quick manicure and pedicure at QQ Nails in the West Village," she says. "Always in a clear or neutral shade so I don't have to worry about chips."
"I drink a lot of water and try to eat healthy, even when I'm working crazy hours," says Chrisman. Before work each morning, she tries to stop at One Lucky Duck, an organic juice bar in nearby Chelsea Market. "I get the ginger shot. It's not what I'd call tasty," she admits with a laugh. "You literally have to throw it back. But it boosts your immune system." To keep her skin looking fresh, she exfoliates with Peter Thomas Roth's Botanical Buffing Beads and follows with Lancôme Bienfait Multi-Vital Daily Moisturizing Cream SPF 30. "If I'm really looking tired, I'll use a little bit of self-tanner for some color," she says.
"Every morning of Fashion Week, I spend ten extra minutes to put my makeup on," says Chrisman. "It lasts longer and it makes me feel better." To carry her through the day, she sticks to low-maintenance, high-impact staples. "I am obsessed with Stila waterproof liquid eyeliner, which never moves or smudges. I do a slight wing at the outer corners. It makes my eyes pop but doesn't look too done." In place of red lipstick, which requires constant refreshing, "I use Cover Girl Outlast Lipstain in a bright berry color. I don't have to think about it again. If I need a little more moisture, I use Nivea Tinted lip balm on top during the day."
ON THE ROAD:
Chrisman, who may fly to L.A. for the Oscars between London and Paris, is an expert packer. "I store my toiletries in these amazing packing cubes from Briggs & Riley. They're soft, structured boxes that you just lift out of your suitcase and set in the bathroom. It's so easy."
What little sleep she may get is crucial: "I bring a sleep mask for the hotel. You never know what the lighting situation is going to be." A travel-size candle, she adds, is essential for the hotel room. "I like Diptyque or the little ones you can find at the hotel gift store that come in a tin, because they won't break in your bag."
Her number one travel beauty secret, however, is Bumble and Bumble dry shampoo (or, in an emergency, old-fashioned baby powder). "If you wake up late, if your hair looks flat, a little bit just fixes . . . everything."
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