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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.’ ”

8:56 a.m.

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?’ ”

2:50 p.m.

“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.”

3:15 p.m.

“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.

3:46 p.m.

“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.”