January 2022

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In Charge of NY Fashion Week: My Fashionable Life

By Stephanie Winston Wolkoff,
Guest Editor

1 Day in My Fashion-Week Life: What the Numbers Say
Fashion shows to attend—8
Outfits to wear—2
Interviews to give—10
Emails to read—Hundreds
Tweets to post—0
Children’s calls to answer—6
Photos to pose for—30
Parties to attend—3
Names to remember—Endless
Looks to covet—The sky is the limit!
Egos to soothe—No comment
Lipstick touchups to do—3
Hours to sleep—4
Shows to supervise—2
Fires to put out—Hopefully none, probably a half dozen
Hands to shake—Lots

The First Outfit I Remember Feeling Special Wearing
An Oscar de la Renta charmeuse skirt and a light blue knit camisole.

Growing Up, I Wanted to Be
A teacher.

After School, I Loved To
Play basketball.

The Event That Has Had the Biggest Impact on My Life Is
Having 3 children.

The Person Who Has Influenced My Life the Most
My mother. She inspires me to be innovative and push the boundaries in everything I do.

Before Vogue, I Worked
As the client services manager
at Sotheby’s.

When I Think About My First Day at Vogue, I Remember
Tying an Hermès scarf around a neck brace I was wearing due to whiplash.

The Best Thing About Working at Vogue Was
Being surrounded by so many
incredible fashion icons.

One Thing Nobody Knows about Working at Vogue
Condé Nast has the best cafeteria, designed by Frank Gehry.

My Favorite Memory from My Years at Vogue
Is hard to choose. There are so many amazing memories, both personal
and professional.

I Left the Magazine Because
I wanted to spend more time with
my family.

When Anna Wintour Told Me about the Lincoln Center Job
I knew it would be an amazing opportunity and the perfect “next step” for my career.

Before the Fall Fashion Shows
I wasn’t terrified. As a result of my years of experience in the industry planning the Met Costume Institute Gala, among other various events, I was prepared for the inevitable issues.

The Best Part of Fashion Week for Me Was
Seeing our year of hard work transitioning Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week from Bryant Park to Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center. The change was executed so beautifully and embraced so well by the fashion community and New York City as a whole.

My Biggest Surprise from Fashion Week Was
How smoothly the industry embraced
the transition from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center.

A Couple of Lessons Learned During Fashion Week
• Sleep when you can.
• Be prepared for anything—a press request, a production issue, or a wardrobe malfunction.

For Upcoming Fashion Shows, I Am Excited About
The Circa Lounge at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The lounge will showcase the fall 2011 accessories collections of a select group of CFDA designers. There will also be 16 new designers at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, both established and emerging. All amazing!

This Time Around, I Won’t
Be caught off-guard by the weather.

But Next Time
I’ll be glad that there won’t be any winter storms in
the forecast!

During Fashion Week, I Am Planning to Wear
Rick Owens leather jackets.

On a Typical Workday, I Wear
Pieces that do double duty, taking me from the office to dinner. I rely on modern pencil skirts from Celine, wide-leg trousers from Michael Kors, and embellished jackets from Vera Wang. I throw everything into one of my Birkins or a Richard Prince bag.

My Weekend Wardrobe Consists of
J Brand jeans, a white t-shirt, a Dolce & Gabbana blazer, and a colorful Hermès Collier de Chien cuff.

The 5 Pieces of Clothing I Always Own
1. Dennis Basso fur coat
2. Derek Lam separates
3. Ralph Lauren suits
4. Michel Kors wide-leg trousers
5. Manolo Blahnik Pascales boots

The Best Fashion Tip I Ever Got Was
Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.

3 Things People Don’t Know About Me
1. I work out with David Kirsch.
2. I get my hair cut by John Barrett.
3. I met my husband on a blind date.

What I’ll Miss Most Once Fashion Week Is Over
I don’t have an opportunity to miss anything. By the time one Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is over, we are already working on the next one.

What I Won’t Miss
The influx of email that takes over my Blackberry.

On a Typical Workday, I Wake
At 6:30 a.m.

By the Time I Get to the Office, I Have Already
Had at least 1 cup of coffee and have easily read
50 emails!

On Any Given Workday, I
Have dropped my kids off at school before going to
the office.

I Leave the Office At
Depends! Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week means
long hours!

Most Evenings I
Juggle dinners, help my kids with homework, and answer emails.

On the Weekend
I am running between my kid’s basketball games and birthday parties.

In My Free Time
I love to spend time with my kids and family.

The Most Sentimental Thing I Own
Are drawings by my kids.

In My Handbag, I Always Carry
My Blackberry, Hermès Globe-Trotter Day Planner, and David Kirsch Vitamin Water and Protein Bars.

I Won’t Leave the House Without
My son’s EpiPen.

My Makeup Bag Is Always Stocked With
Sheer Brilliance Summerland Lip Gloss by Le Métier
De Beauté.

My Guilty Pleasure Is
Duane Reade Jelly Beans.

The Best Thing About This Job Is
Working with all of the amazingly talented people that I have brought together, and the exceptional events that we are able to produce.

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Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Director of Fashion at Lincoln Center
In January 2010, Wolkoff became the founding director of Fashion at Lincoln Center, overseeing the relocation of New York City’s biannual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. In addition, she supervises every aspect of all Lincoln Center-based Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week events and coordinates an ambitious . . . Read more.


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Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Director of Fashion at Lincoln Center

stephanie-winston-wolkoff-bioStephanie Winston Wolkoff: A Fashion Force
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is widely recognized as one of the most influential figures in the American fashion industry.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Makes a Bold Move
In January 2010, Wolkoff became the founding director of Fashion at Lincoln Center, overseeing the relocation of New York City’s biannual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. In addition, she supervises every aspect of all Lincoln Center-based Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week events and coordinates an ambitious year-round schedule of fashion-related programming at Lincoln Center.

Fashion Opens at Lincoln Center, Directed by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff
“We realized that we could branch out and make Fashion at Lincoln Center into a brand, incorporating fashion into Lincoln Center’s programming throughout the year,” said Wolkoff in a recent interview. “We want to put fashion on the cultural forefront, on par with music, theater, opera, and the other art forms celebrated there.”

Art & Fashion: One High Heel in Each World
Wolkoff’s responsibilities include acting as a liaison between Lincoln Center and the fashion industry (namely IMG Fashion, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, retailers, and the design community) and developing important Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center projects in conjunction with its resident artistic organizations.

Vogue’s Party Girl
A sterling pedigree in the world of fashion publishing prepared Wolkoff for her Lincoln Center position. For over a decade, Wolkoff served as director of special events at Vogue magazine, working closely with and being mentored by editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in overseeing and producing major events for Vogue, Men’s Vogue, and Vogue Living; these included the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, the annual 7th on Sale shopping event, and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for young emerging designers.

From Designer Friends to Dinners at the White House
During her Vogue tenure, Wolkoff worked with many of the international fashion industry’s most renowned designers, such as Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, and Vera Wang—all of whom she still counts as friends. Her work also expanded beyond the parameters of the fashion world, from planning dinners at the Clinton White House in Washington, D.C., to collaborating with film director Baz Luhrmann and countless other cultural icons from all walks of life.

Where Wolkoff Got Her Start in the Fashion Industry
Wolkoff began her career at New York-based Sotheby’s in 1993, where she rose through the ranks, eventually overseeing all aspects of its auctions and exhibitions. Before that, she studied at Fordham University, where she was a Division I basketball player.

Children & Charity: Life Outside Her Fashionable Career
These days, despite her perpetually harried schedule, Wolkoff finds time for active involvement in several charitable and community causes, including the Food Allergy Initiative, Baby Buggy, New Yorkers for Children, and the Central Park Conservancy. She lives with her husband and 3 young children in her native New York City.

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