Another year, another successful New York Fashion Week. For fashion gurus, itâ€™s one of the most exciting times to witness designers showcasing their newest designs; a time for creativity to be expressed.
For high-fashion model,Â Colin Grams,Â NYFW is electric. VALLEY took a moment to chat with him about the best week of the year and what itâ€™s really like behind the scenes as an NYFW model.
â€œ[Models’] whole lives are lived on the fly. Thereâ€™s no ‘daily routine’ for most models, and we usually donâ€™t know if we have a casting or shoot until the night before,â€ says Grams.
The castings vary from season to season; when weâ€™re talking about the week before a fashion week, a model may have between 20 and 30 castings.
So what is a casting, and what does it consist of? â€œCastings usually consist of standing in line for an hour or two, handing the director your card, doing a quick walk, taking a few pictures, and if youâ€™re lucky trying on a few clothes,” says Grams. “The atmosphere of castings varies but usually everyoneâ€™s tired.â€
On the other hand, while not preparing for NYFW, Grams averages two or three photo shoots a weekÂ â€” and while youâ€™d think there would be a â€œtypical shootâ€ feel, each photographer has their own way of working the casting, so typicalities don’t exist in this realm.
â€œSome days youâ€™ll shoot a clothing line in the studio and others youâ€™re on a 90-degree beach shooting an all-black winter line,â€ says Grams.
During NYFW, Grams feedsÂ off the creative chaos that rocks the runway. â€œThereâ€™s an energy about the city that you can really feel when so many beautiful and creative people come together to create and show their art,â€ says Grams.
â€œI think the number one emotion felt during NYFW is probably anxiety. Thereâ€™s just so much to do and so many shows/castings to stay on top of.â€ While there is beauty, madness is typically not far behind.
Imagine walking down the runway as Anne Hathaway sits at the end of the stretch. No big dealÂ â€” just Grams, the runway, and a few close friends.
â€œWhen Iâ€™m walking down the runway everything just kinda goes blank. You have to hype yourself up and have confidence that youâ€™re the bomb.com while walking because that confidence really shows!â€