New York Look
Photograph by Christopher Anderson
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2:18 p.m., February 5
“I’m never happy until it’s done. I’m happy a month later, but in the moment, I’m just trying to get it done.”
5:27 p.m., February 5
“Not only am I worried about whether people are going to turn up, it’s whether we’re going to have a business,” Cornejo says.
8:23 a.m., February 6
“I prepare Joey’s lunch every day. All he wants are peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches on white bread. It’s so depressing when it’s freezing cold out; I say, ‘At least have a warm meal.’ ”
After dropping Joey off at school, Cornejo heads to the show site. In the cab, “I just try to get mellow. I think, ‘Okay, what’s the worst that can happen if it’s a big flop?’ ”
“If people don’t turn up, if a model doesn’t walk right, there’s only so much I can do. All of a sudden, it’s like, ‘Shit, I should be panicking,’ but I’m not.”
“The end of the collection is usually what’s going to trigger the next,” says Cornejo. Thoughts of next season’s lineup percolate, like caterpillar shapes and body-conscious S-curves.
“Next season, we are getting a monitor backstage. Gabrielle (Cornejo’s PR) will say the show is too slow—but we don’t know because we don’t see it.”