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The Fashion Week Food Diaries

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The Show Producer
Nian Fish, 56, Creative Director of Media-Relations Company KCD

Day 1
7:00 A.M. Home
One glass of water with two packs of Emergen-C, Chinese herbs for the immune system, B12, calcium, magnesium. I do herbs and vitamins year-round, but I add in the Emergen-C during Fashion Week because I don’t do drugs. It’s an immune-system booster that gives me energy.

7:15 Home
Mariage Frères Montagne d’Or black tea with honey and soy milk. This is my comfort food. It’s black tea with caffeine and all of these amazing flavors in one beverage. I bring it from Paris. The honey-and-milk is a childhood comfort thing. I’ve been drinking tea since I was 9 years old.

10:00 Studio
Yogurt, granola, fruit. I really need my protein in the morning. I probably eat more regularly during Fashion Week. As long as I have protein in the morning I have energy. Today we had to review 150 looks with [Calvin Klein designer] Francisco Costa and stylist Karl Templer, to get the final 42 that will go in the show. Then we had 150 go-sees to decide the 22 girls who will be in the Calvin Klein show. We also had music meetings and meetings about model pacing, which is how the show is choreographed.

11:00 At the Community Desk Where I Work
Earl Grey tea with honey and soy milk.


1:30 P.M. Studio
Caesar salad with a piece of salmon. As the producer, I call the meal breaks. I like to do traditional lunch somewhere between 1 and 2 p.m. It’s a buffet. We have a caterer devoted to us 24/7. It makes the whole process more efficient.


5:00 Studio
Hot chai with soy milk from Starbucks.




7:30 Studio
Mixed green salad, broccoli rabe. I don’t eat chicken or meat. And there was no fish. I like to call dinner between 7 and 8 p.m. If we work past midnight, I call for another meal because we need the energy.

11:00 Studio
Green tea.

Day 2
6:00 A.M. Home
Daily vitamin routine.

7:00 Home
Water.


9:00 Studio
Scrambled eggs, half bagel with butter, Earl Grey tea with honey and milk. This was definitely a treat.



1:30 P.M. Studio
Green salad, swordfish.

4:00 Studio
Hot chai with soy milk.


5:30 Studio
Bottle of water. All the 20-year-olds are eating the chocolate cakes, which I’m sure are delicious, but I can’t do that without crashing.




7:30 Studio
Endive salad, fish.

11:00 Studio
Green tea.

Day 3
7:00 A.M. Home
Daily vitamin routine.

9:00 Cafe Cluny
Oatmeal with dried fruit and walnuts, Earl Grey tea with honey and milk. I had a meeting about the décor for the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards.

11:00 Studio
Bottle of water. Today we have a hair-and-makeup test for the models. Then we review the lighting and set design, and make the final decisions on the outfits.

1:30 P.M. Studio
Green salad, carrot soup.

2:00 Studio
Bottle of water.

4:00 Studio
Hot chai with soy milk.

6:00 Studio
Bottle of water.

7:30 Studio
Green salad, grilled asparagus. I missed protein that day.

10:00 Studio
Bottle of water. I realized I don’t drink enough water.

MIDNIGHT Studio
Green tea.

1:00 A.M. Studio
Bottle of water.

2:00 Studio
Popcorn. I like it because it’s filling, it’s light, and it’s crunchy. Comfort food.

Day 4
8:00 A.M. Home
Daily vitamin routine.

9:00 Studio
Scrambled eggs, half bagel with butter, Earl Grey tea with honey and milk.

11:00 Studio
Bottle of water.

1:30 P.M. Studio
Green salad, mushroom soup.

3:00 Studio
Bottle of water.

4:00 Studio
Hot chai with soy milk.

6:00 Studio
Bottle of water.

7:30 Studio
Green salad, swordfish.

10:00 Studio
Bottle of water.


MIDNIGHT Studio
Green tea.




2:00 A.M. Mexican Takeout at the Studio
Corn tortilla with yellow rice and guacamole. We needed food to keep going. Caffeine was not enough.

3:00 A.M. Studio
Bottle of water.

5:00 Studio
Green tea.

6:00 Studio
Bottle of water.


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