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Joe Zee's Guide to Surviving Fashion Week
  RUNWAY / NEWS by Julie31, 2011


If you read Elle Magazine, you know Joe
Zee. If you've caught his hit show on
Sundance Channel, you know Joe Zee. And
if you're a regular at New York Fashion
Week shows, then you definitely know Joe
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The Line" (second season premieres in
November) is one of those people you just
notice — from his huge smile to his gaggle of
designer friends. He's transcended the
industry to become a household name, yet
remains as plugged in and influential as ever.
So what better person to advise fashion
neophytes on how to do NYFW right than Mr.
Zee, himself?                                                                                                                                1. Python Necklace

Julie Bensman: NYFW is a crazy time in
the fashion calendar, to say the least.
What does one wear that's the perfect
combination of fashionable and                                                                                           <3 RT @gucci: Drop-dead red #fallneccessities
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Joe Zee: I always start off so ambitious and then by the end, I'm a robot on autopilot. I think the best
rule of thumb is to stick with black: you don't have to think about it, it always matches, and in the
fashion industry, it's always on trend. When I just don't want to think about what I'm wearing, I'll throw
on a black suit and feel good. And for a woman, a chic LBD never disappoints.

JB: How do you fuel throughout the day to keep energy levels up?

JZ: I NEED coffee first thing in the morning, whether it's Fashion Week or not, so I'll grab my trusty
Dunkin' Donuts cup on the way to the shows. After that, it's literally go, go, go so I often don't have time
to stop to eat anything. When that's the case, I always pick up a protein smoothie, which is the best
because it's a complete meal and not messy. As opposed to trying to scarf down a sandwich in the
back of a cab, protein smoothies are no muss, no fuss and everything I need in one beverage. There
used to be a great place by Bryant Park I always went to; now, I hit up Juice Generation which is near                                                        Join the conversation
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JB: Besides smoothies, what's the one key item you can't live without?
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JZ: Without a doubt, it's my Blackberry, or, in this season's case, my iPad. Part of my job is to
constantly stay engaged, tweet insider information to my followers, and do it in real time.                               24,262 people like The Fashion Spot.

JB: Between shows, presentations, dinners and after parties, how do you balance your NYFW
schedule?                                                                                                                   Yuli       Rhonda       YukYik        Megan    Duong

JZ: Preventing fashion show burnout is all about pacing yourself. It's easy to go so strong right out of
the gate, but you need to know your limits. And for me, New York is followed by London, Milan, and
Paris, so it's not about the next 7 days; it's about the next 45. By the time Paris comes around, I'm                        Vs       Christine      Stella     Meredith   Andrea

usually sick and deathly ill as a dog.
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That being said, I do stop by after parties when there's buzz or when the designer is a particular friend
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JB: Which New York shows do you look forward to each season?
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JZ: Always Marc Jacobs; it's unpredictable and usually sets the tone for the season. Of course, some                               Closed Set with Julie Bensman
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of my other favorite shows are those of my friends: Prabal Gurung, Alexander Wang, Derek Lam.
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These guys are the next generation of great designers.
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JZ: All On The Line is really an extension of me: who I am and what I do. It's not manufactured — it's
about real lives and real businesses, telling stories of people who have literally sunk every last penny                OTHER FASHION NEWS
into their dream. And I'm not a magician or a psychic, but I do my very best to help them and provide
insight any way I can. It's an eye-opening experience — both for them and myself — and I love that
about the show, that it's a journey for each of us. This season will be more of that, as well as a lot more
design, creativity and people you'll get to know and love.                                                               7 Summer Body          Rihanna's Short       Katie Holmes
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Though he's not referring to himself, he might as well be. In our short time speaking, consider me a
smitten kitten.

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Julie Bensman

The Fashion Spot's Editor-at-Large, Julie Bensman, is also the Entertainment Editor
for Niche Media, whose titles include Gotham, Hamptons, Ocean Drive and LA
Confidential. Closed Set is a collection of her musings on all things fashion, from an
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