For an audience, New York City's Fashion Week is all glitz and glam. But for the designers and everyone working for them, it's all stress, headaches, and hard work. This year, three lucky girls with big dreams are given a chance to show their...... Read Full Episode Summary »
This episode of True Life follows Stefanie, Jaime, and Cassie as they work on shows for the fashion industry's largest stage: New York Fashion Week.
For an audience, New York City's Fashion Week is all glitz and glam. But for the designers and everyone working for them, it's all stress, headaches, and hard work. This year, three lucky girls with big dreams are given a chance to show their stuff at Fashion Week, if they can stand up to the pressure. Each girl is about to put all her time, energy, and heart into preparation for the big show, hoping it will take them one step further toward their future fashion careers.
Stefanie is an assistant at People's Revolution for one of the biggest names in fashion, Kelly Cutrone. Kelly's a tough woman to please, and she almost always fires assistants during Fashion Week, but Stefanie feels it's worth it because she's working for the best. She'll do whatever it takes to make Kelly happy, including sacrificing any dreams of having a personal life. When Stefanie's mom comes to visit for her birthday, their mom-and-daughter time constantly gets put on hold when Kelly's demands force Stefanie to work late into the night. Stefanie is upset, but knows that Fashion Week is the most important time of the year to focus on her job. The first day of Fashion Week finally arrives, and Stefanie helps Kelly with four shows at Bryant Park. Of all days, this is the most important not to mess up. Stefani manages to make sure things run as smoothly as possible, even when people give her problems at the door about their lack of seats. On the last day of fashion shows, Stefanie's mom comes to watch, and Stefanie's coworkers even give her a quick birthday celebration before the show starts. When the runway lights go on and the first model struts out, all the strenuous hours of work are suddenly worth it.
Jaime is a design student, working on her masters at the only school in the country that shows at Fashion Week. One of Jaime's garments made it into the show, and while she's excited, all the hard work to follow is daunting. Jaime meets Travis, the stylist for her show, who throws a curveball into her design by suggesting she morph her style into a Marvin the Martian theme. He even asks her to add Velcro masks! Jaime's not so sure that Velcro belongs on the runway, or anywhere, for that matter, and worries that the mask will distract the audience from her garment. But she takes Travis' advice; he does have more experience, so he must know what he's talking about. But after Jaime spends days sewing masks, buying bright colored shoes, and even adding Martian-style caps, Travis changes his mind about the whole style. Now he hates it, thinks it looks stupid and cheap, and wants something new. With very little time left and all her previous time and effort going down the drain, Jaime can't help but think that everything would run a lot smoother if she didn't have to listen to a stylist. On the day of the show, Jaime is afraid everyone will think her collection looks stupid. After making some last-minute adjustments to some outfits and dealing with wardrobe malfunctions, time's up and the show starts. As the models walk onto the runway, Jaime sees her style finally coming together, and is proud of her successful work
Cassie designs her own small boutique clothing line, NY Couture, and hopes to attract the attention of larger stores and designers at Fashion Week. Even though her show will be independent, has low funding (just her credit card), and barely any help, Cassie is determined to make it big. In the week that could make or break a designer, will Cassie's reputation, and piggy bank, be totally broken? Cassie goes to Bryant Park to network with the press, stylists, and celebrities, and hands out flyers everywhere to promote her show. Later, she meets with her models for a fitting and rehearsal, but isn't quite prepared. Every outfit needs adjustments, but Cassie only has two days to do it. To make things worse, now that she's seen the bigger shows and designers in Bryant Park, she's worried her small collection might not measure up. When the day of her show finally arrives, Cassie's just ready for it to be over. Unfortunately, her grand finale piece still isn't even ready! But her interns rush to her rescue, and minutes before the show, Cassie is excited to learn that there's a line around the block, and the final stitch has been sewn into place. During the show, even though a model's shoe falls off, the crowd loves Cassie's original designs.