Behind every great stylist is a prop kit: a carry-on suitcase contraption with labeled baggies and plastic containers and removable zip-pouches, all stuffed with the unsung heroes that make a beautifully finished editorial actually come to life. Prop kits hold the tools that help stylists tailor an ill-fitting sample while teetering on some mountain for a photo shoot, then alter a hem and cover a nipple from a desolate, tick-laden field with a young photographer and an up-and-coming model.
The fashion week prop kit is similar. We wouldn’t exist without it. We wouldn’t make the shows without it either, or if we did we’d show up with half a shirt on and then have a panic attack halfway through.
So what’s inside these magical prop kits, Ryan Seacrest? Why, let us show you:
(And by show I mean tell.)
Almonds to eat/milk
For when hunger strikes, and nearby coffee shops don’t have dairy alternatives.
Either for you or your seat mate.
For blisters and Nelly tributes.
To save lives and make friends.
Aka Bare Lifts. These are seriously one of the greatest inventions ever when you cannot deal with a bra but need your boobs up and at ’em. They don’t hide nipples but you can’t have it all.
Fix clothes in a pinch. Literally. BADUM-CHA!
Double stick tape
Mend a hem OTG.
*OTG = prop kit code for On The Go.
You know, I have no clue what this is for but back in my assistant days I was always told to make sure it was always in the prop kit. We never used it, but I now like to carry at least 45 rolls in my own day-to-day excursions just in case.
Change of underwear
For dangerous situations, pants that you forgot were white or hot days.
Clip-on roller skates
There’s no better way to haul ass to a show.
Small Cornish Game Hen, roasted
Portable protein that you likely won’t have to share since your seat mate has a high likelihood of being vegetarian.
A Personal Porta Potty
We in the biz call this a water bottle you don’t mind throwing out.
To take a 20-minute nap during a particularly mellow show.
You should just always have one.
Those sneakers with the toes
For running, because you will be late.
Cold brew iced coffee in a sippy cup
No yawning, no spills.
A stroller is hard to pack, but a papoose is a lovely way to get around during fashion week if your friends or editors agree to strap it on and carry you. Bribe them with the above coffee.
An alternative option to the above sneakers with toes and papoose; particularly handy for street style photos.
Lavender scented incense
Ambiance is everything. Create your own.
For the blood portion of blood, sweat, tears.
Three kinds: the edible kind as a snack. The hair kind to fling at friends sitting across the runway to get their attention. And finally, the ass kind, because fashion week benches are hard…
But fashion week — with a properly packed prop kit — doesn’t have to be.
(Now what would put in yours?)
Photos by Charlotte Fassler