We talked to the un-sung heroes of NYFW and asked four of New York’s top runway photographers and videographers how they survive the perennial Pit!


By Erica Roseman | Impressionist

One

How long have you been covering NYFW?

 

two

How many shows do you shoot in a season?

Three

What is the longest time you’ve waited in The Pit for a show to start?

 

Four

What shows do you most look forward to during NYFW?

 

Five

Where do you go to decompress after the last show?

 

 

Jennifer Graylock photo with Karolina

Jennifer Graylock

1 | I have been covering New York Fashion Week since 1999.

2 | It varies, but, typically, 60 + shows covering runway and backstage beauty.

| It was the infamous Marc Jacobs show, when Beyonce arrived 2 hours late. We thought she caused the show to be delayed, only to learn later that the clothing was held up in customs. Since that show, Marc Jacobs has a strictly enforced start time.

| I love the creativity and artistry of Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs, The Blonds, Marchesa, Carolina Herrera and Rodarte.

| In February, I decompress in Los Angeles photographing the Oscars. In September, I get away with a trip to some beautiful, relaxing location with a warm climate, fantastic views, great food, friends – and no celebrities!


 

Bill Marpet

Bill Marpet

1 | In 1978, as a freelance cameraman for VideoFashion, shooting Eleanor Lambert’s “Press Week at the Plaza” for Halston, Bill Blass, Norma Kamali, and others. My first wife Esti, a wonderful cameraman who still shoots for me, and I rotated being on camera and directing.

2 | B Productions produces videos for about 120 designers each season. I direct or shoot about 35-40 a week myself.

3 | I’m lucky. I direct from a control room now, my shooters are in the pit, standing room or front row. The longest wait was the Marc Jacobs show at the Armory many years ago. I kind of remember it was an 8pm show that went off around 10:30pm.

4 | Love all our clients’ shows, and all their clothes.

5 | B Productions/bLive has a wrap party as a way of thanking our crew and producer, editors and staff for their long, hard hours and good work.


Alessandro Lucioni

Alessandro Lucioni

1 | I started covering NYFW Sept. 10, 2001, 1 day before a dramatic day. So I re-started actually in February 2002.

2 | For NYFW, my company, IMAXtree.com, produces images & videos for more than 150 fashion shows. I shoot at least 45 shows in one week.

3 | 1 hour and ten minutes.

4 | Oscar de la Renta.

5 | I go to the mountains, the Alps, to climb and ski. I’m an Alpinist.


Elizabeth Lippman

Elizabeth Lippman

1 | I don’t remember what my first season was, maybe 2000. I do remember some of the early lessons I learned! Like, don’t stand in or near Dan Lecca’s spot(s). Ever!

2 | 6-8 shows a day for the entire week, at my craziest time. Lately, I’ve been producing and directing video and shooting stills, which means fewer, bigger projects each season.

3 | Over 2.5 hours, cramped into a contortionist position, unable to leave to pee, with a barricade digging into my rib cage. I’ll give you three guesses what show that was…

4 | The big ones with famous faces and looks everyone will be buzzing about, like Alexander Wang; pretty, colorful and upbeat shows like Kors and DVF; hot designers like Jason Wu, Phillip Lim and Joseph Altuzarra. Plus, Jenny Packham and A Détacher.

5 | I always try to nail down a rosé with two of my fabulous stylist/editor friends who have also been scrambling around NYFW!