Courtesy Ally Hilfiger
Have you ever wondered what New York Fashion Week is really like behind the glitz and glamour of the front row? PEOPLE checked in with one of fashion week’s newest faces: Tommy Hilfiger’s 25-year-old daughter, Ally, who along with designer Nary Manivong, presented her freshman collection, NAHM on Friday. “I woke up, got on my knees and prayed,” she admits, with only two days remaining before the show. In this exclusive candid of the designers consulting with stylist Lester Garcia, Ally explains, “It’s really busy but it doesn’t feel like work.” However, no task is too small for the budding designer, who spends the day before the show shopping for backstage eats at Trader Joe’s and sending thank you notes. On the big day, Ally is a bundle of nerves, arriving at Milk Studios at 6 am before helping set up and meeting with hair and make-up. The resulting presentation, a semicircle of models clad in the collection’s inventive iterations of the shirtdress, is a testament to hard work paying off. The garments are simple with chic accents including pleats, sheer sleeves and off-kilter buttons. So what does a designer do after her first successful showing at NYFW? “This afternoon I’m planning on taking a nice long nap.”—Justine Harman
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