Far from the usual stereotype of frantic models rushing around looking frazzled and designers yelling orders, this season's shows had lots of cute, funny and interesting details that you might have missed. From Bella Hadid winning cool points with her off-duty backstage attire, through the hilarious Jeff Bezos headlines and the most enviable manicure ever.
A celebrity model face so covetable that just about every show would like to have her walk in it, Bella Hadid has the pick of the bunch, when it comes to which brands she chooses to represent, which is why two details of her NYFW appearances so far have been significant. Firstly, . Japanese costume designer Tomo Koizumi was discovered by super-stylist, and Marc Jacobs' long-time collaborator and friend, Katie Grand. Which makes Koizumi just about the coolest thing to walk into this season so far.
Significant too is Bella Hadid's loud and proud ode to Off-White, backstage at the Brandon Maxwell show. Founded by now artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear, Virgil Abloh, Off-White is his luxury streetwear label, which shot quickly to the top of everyone's must-have list last year, giving Vetements and Supreme a run for their money as the hypiest fashion brands ever.
Fishing for them or not, Bella is definitely courting cool points this February.
The other detail you might have missed at the Brandon Maxwell show, unless you were able to get up close and personal with the accessories, was this amazing dining-set briefcase.
Maxwell made headlines last year for sending perspex bags down the runway that contained bottles of rosé wine. Endlessly meme-able, the bags soon became every TGIF loving fashion girl's favourite accessory.
Pearls were a 2018 staple, with those pearly hair clips sported by every fashion girl worth her mettle. And Adeam's pearl manicure is a nice bougie continuation of the trend.
Held in a bright warehouse space in Brooklyn's Ridgewood edge, the Eckhaus Latta show had some lovely, well-lit corners, which models took full advantage of in the calm before the storm.
Setting aside how mesmerising it is to watch hair stylists using interior decorating brushes to paint the wigs white at Jeremy Scott, the other fun moment came in the form of the models' reading material. Namely, tabloids emblazoned with their most creative headlines about the Jeff Bezos scandal.
For the uninitiated, Jeff Bezos is the Amazon tech tycoon whose marriage came to an end as American newspaper The National Enquirer published a detailed report of an affair that Bezos had with another woman. The headline in this picture, despite what you might think, does not refer to Bezos' private parts (although, there is a rumour that the Enquirer did get hold of a dick pic sent by Bezos). But in fact, the headline here refers to the fact that Bezos is has now 'exposed' Enquirer owner David Pecker for trying to blackmail him.
As much as the rumours make it sound like backstage at fashion week shows is an angry, frantic mess, often this is not the case at all. More and more these days, designers thoughtfully cater for the walking models, with cute decor, nice food and floral arrangements to make the pre-show build up as stress-less as possible.
Accredited photographers head backstage often to get a shot of the clothes in a neutral setting, so that they have a point of difference from the runway images. And the more comfortable and happy the models are, the more likely they'll feel relaxed enough to show off the clothes in a fun, movement-filled way.
For beauty addicts, the tricks of the trade will be no secret at all. But for the uninitiated, hair stylists often have an ace up their sleeves, for setting spray without hair pin kinks.
Wearing the red suit that became a talking point, Gigi Hadid takes a minute to pose for photographers backstage at the Tom Ford show. And obviously, as a seasoned pro, she found that light.
Far be it from Tom Ford to get in a flap before his big moment, the coolest cat in fashion wafted around in his giant aviators before the opening of his NYFW runway presentation.