As we leave this years New York Fashion week behind us, we catch the busy Grace Simmons to talk shows, looks, who she brushed shoulders with & all things beauty....
Kicking off our catch up, It'd would only be normal to find out what her NYFW essentials are, which means a good old peek into her handbag...
The night before your first show at NYFW this year, how did you prepare & what were you doing?
My first show was Richard Chai! The night before I was out until about 1am at fittings and castings so I didn't have that much time to think about the show which was probably a good thing I think! But the morning of the show I was pretty nervous and couldn't sit still because I was also mega excited to finally walk at NYFW!
The secret to maintaining your skin during NYFW?
MOISTURIZE! Especially in the cold weather! The super low temperatures (I'm talking -15 degrees #ew) on top of having 2 or 3 different sets of makeup on your skin each day really drains it of its natural oils so I always carry in my bag a good lip moisturizer (at the moment I'm obsessed with Smith's Mocha Rose Lip Balm - it’s so hydrating plus it smells like chocolate so it’s a win win) and also a good body moisturizer (my all-time favourite being Avène Eau Thermale body lotion!)
Your go to off duty shoe during NYFW...
Hands down Nike Air Force 1s, I basically live in them!
Describe backstage in 3 words.
(backstage at Marc Jacobs)
Did you meet any models who you have been dreaming of meeting?
I got to meet Malaika Firth who is such a sweetheart and she was so nice to me even though I'm practically a nobody compared to her!!
Lets talk celebrities, who who who?
Yes!! I met Nicki Minaj backstage at Marc Jacobs! She was so funny and her accent was so sassy and amazing! I also got to meet KendallJenner twice - at a casting and then again at Marc Jacobs when she walked in the show! To top it off I also met Victoria Beckham at the casting for her show!
You were star struck when you....
Walked into the casting for Victoria Beckham and she was there! I had expected it to just be a casting director - that you wouldn't meet her until the fittings at least, but I just walked into the casting room and there she was! It kinda took the wind out of me for a split second before I could mentally slap myself out of it!!
If you could take home any of your looks from this year's show - which one would it be?
Hmmm that's a tough one!! A tie between the beautiful long flowing dress I wore in the Zimmermann show and my insanely amazing faux fur jacket and pleated skirt I wore in the Marc Jacobs show! Can't I have both?
One thing that's running through your mind whilst on the runway?
It's not one thing - it’s a million things! "Don't fall, make sure you go the right way, walk well, don't run into the other models..." the list goes on!!
You wouldn't go a day without...
Talking to my mum... I'm such a mummy's girl and I love to talk to her about how my castings/fittings/shows are going and also to get advice, from anything like "How long do I microwave this for?" to "What should I wear to this particular casting?" to "Should I put this in the dryer or will it shrink?" She's my go-to woman for everything, even though she's literally half a world away (god bless technology!!)
And there you have it, What NYFW looked & felt like through the eyes of our gorgeous Grace Simmons.. next stop Milan!