For Bumble and Bumble's Jimmy Paul, New York Fashion Week is an exercise in controlled chaos.
We finished around midnight, then packed up and ran home to get some sleep before arriving here to get the girls ready for the Prabal Gurung presentation," says Paul
, unpacking the two oversize Tumi suitcases he
takes everywhere during show week-stocked with enough bobby pins, blow dryers, and curling irons to take down an army-and busily sorting dozens of hair extensions onto a table by shade.
1:00 p.m.: Moments before models descend to the show space in Bill Blass alum Gurung's bright-blue cocktail frocks and impeccably tailored tuxedo suits, Paul
can be seen carefully fluffing their long curls.
"There's a masculine feminine vibe to the collection," he
"The hair is slick and wet in the front, voluminous and romantic in the back.
3:00 p.m.: No time for lunch.
rummages through his
bag for a chocolate-covered Greens Plus health bar and a bag of almonds instead.
4:00 p.m.: Hits Bumble and Bumble's
Meatpacking District salon to give Fran Lebowitz (among others) a quick cut.
"It's Fashion Week, so everyone wants a trim," says Paul
8:00 p.m.: Home to watch Mad Men on Netflix.
"I've just rented the entire second season, and I'm obsessed," admits Paul
, who generally lies low in the evening throughout Fashion Week.
"I've got to be rested for the following day's show.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 10:00 a.m.: Arrives at the Chelsea showroom of CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund finalists Adams and Gill of Ohne Titel, to set the look for the next day's show (along with fashion stylist Alastair McKimm).
The designers, who reference "statues from antiquity," walk Paul
through Polaroids of the body-conscious spring collection.
"We're thinking about wig wraps for the hair, which are a way of setting it low and close to the head-minus the wigs," says Paul
11:30 a.m.: Paul
zips a few blocks south to West 25th Street, where he
does the hair for the 3.1 Phillip Lim men's presentation.
"The clothes are amazing, and we're doing a fun kind of 1950s look on moncler uk shop list name of baby girl the guys," he
says of the slick rockabilly styles.
3:00 p.m.: Editors begin crowding in for the presentation while Paul
puts on the finishing touches.
5:00 p.m.: Back to the salon for a few more cuts, "and then straight to therapy," jokes Paul
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 9:00 a.m.: Paul's Bumble team settles in at Ohne Titel's show space on West 26th Street and begins prepping models for the runway.
has settled on a sculptural look that's "matte in texture and, like those wig wraps, slick against the head.
After wrapping models' hair clockwise around their head and setting it with Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray, the stylists literally stitch overlapping sections of hair together with a makeshift needle and thread.
11:45 a.m.: Just before models walk down the runway, he
can be seen frantically spraying on layers of Bumble and Bumble dry shampoo over their hair to remove any excess shine.
"Statues always look a little chalky, a little dusty," he
3:00 p.m.: Swings by Anna Sui's showroom "to sit through fittings and hang out," says Paul
flips through the Jacques Henri Lartigue, Helmut Newton, and Guy Bourdin photography books that inspired the spring collection.
"I thought a hearty, carb-heavy dinner and a root-beer float might help with tomorrow's early call time," says Paul
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 4:00 a.m.: Wakes up and has breakfast.
"I like to have my coffee and get focused before a show.
There's no such thing as being groggy backstage," says Paul
pre-show morning ritual.
"I need to be 'on' as soon as I walk in the door.
6:00 a.m.: Begin work on the first of 35 sleepy models (including Vlada Roslyakova and Irina Kulikova) for Wang's show, held across the street in her
Mercer Street store.
"It's soft but also a little disheveled, a little rock-'n'- roll," he
says of the teased, voluminous beehive-meets-buns, which incorporate Wang's notes for each girl into her
11:00 p.m.: New York Fashion Week is officially over for Paul
, who has a few days to catch his
breath before jetting off to more collections in Europe.
See you in Milan, Jimmy!