Seen through the prism of hourly newspaper updates, Instagrams and backstage tweets, the four-week extravaganza that surrounds the global fashion weeks come across as a dazzling frenzy of beautiful clothes, cocktails and non-stop parties, with the lucky models as the high-heeled hubs of glamour. So when AnOther asked Polish face Maria Loks to illustrate her experiences of the whirligig of New York's A/W13 shows, we got a highly personal insight into the experience of fashion week. Represented by Next Model Management, with outings for Chanel's couture show, Victoria Beckham and Marc Jacobs this season so far, Loks took the stretch of hours between fittings and walks to draw the faces of the models she befriended backstage, really looking at their faces and bringing them to life in an unusual way, while at the same time considering the new beauty looks for A/W13. Here she presents her vignettes, captioned with what she was waiting for while she did the drawing.
"When AnOther asked if I’d like to do some drawings about fashion week, I realised that the thing all shows have in common is the activity of waiting. For any two minute walk on the runway we do between three and six hours waiting, and it’s during this time that you have the most interesting conversations with the other girls, get to know their lives, dreams, ideas, or at least nationality and age if the person next to you is not very talkative.
"For any two minute walk on the runway we do between three and six hours waiting, and it's during this time that you have the most interesting conversations with the other girls, get to know their lives, dreams, ideas..."
So I came up with a serious of drawings of girls I've been waiting with during the show week. There is one drawing for every show I did in New York and since most of the waiting you do is while wearing full hair and make up, you get a look at the beauty ideas for next fall."