This past New York Fashion Week had some awfully risky-looking catwalks. Proenza Schouler’s shag carpeting was an added hurdle for Mirte Maas, especially while wearing the label's platform heels. Over at Jason Wu, Liu Wen had to power through broken white shingles. And the optical illusion at Alexander Wang — the designer placed two large mirrors on each side of the runway — played tricks on Jourdan Dunn’s perception. We asked these runway veterans, along with rising face Julia Nobis (who tackled rag & bone’s double catwalk ramp set-up), how they maintained their calm and did what they do best: walk it out. Read their answers after the jump.
Liu Wen on Jason Wu:
"The runway at Jason Wu only seemed dangerous on the surface. We actually all practiced walking on it with the shoes during rehearsal, and it turned out to be a non-issue. [But] before the show started, Jason himself told us one by one that we could walk slower for the sake of safety."
Mirte Maas on Proenza Schouler:
"When I first looked at the catwalk, I thought, Well this is a new challenge. But after I did the run-through, I realized it was not as bad as I thought. Despite the crevasses in the carpet, it was a pretty smooth run. I just had to stay focused and was firmer with my strut."
Julia Nobis on rag & bone:
"[The runway] was less tricky as far as remembering where to go than it was to walk down two ramps in heels. There were actually designated scuffers backstage that would come up to us with a pair of scissors and scratch the soles of our shoes so we had more grip."
Jourdan Dunn on Alexander Wang:
"The mirrors definitely tricked our perception and made us all a little nervous that the runway we would be a bit of a challenge. Luckily, Alex’s shoes are usually really comfortable, so that helped a lot. Personally, I think runways are the most difficult when they are extremely long. It is never easy to walk down a really long runway in extra-high heels."