With the move from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center, it seems that New York Fashion Week has taken on a markedly more equalitarian perspective. If Fashion’s Night Out taught us one thing, it’s that everyone wants to be a part of the fashion action.
Now, for the second season, the Sundance Channel is giving viewers the ultimate in insider access with their original documentary series, The Day Before.
The films are directed by Loïc Prigent. Prigent also directed Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton, and Signe Chanel, and is a contributor to French Vogue.
The six-part series follows Alexander Wang, Jeremy Scott, Nina Ricci, Versace, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Narciso Rodriguez in the 36 hours leading up to their runway debuts.
The director – who followed Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Proenza Schouler, and Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi last season – captivates with glimpses of model fittings, Anna Wintour drop-ins, stylist meetings, seating chart dilemmas, staff breakdowns, delivery and fit dramas, and much more.
It’s incredible to see all the work that goes into putting on these intricately planned 15 minute shows, and how designers and their teams deal with the stress of all the months of preparation. Each designer has his or her own unique energy, style of working, and way of dealing with last minute panic.
The Day Before is essential viewing for any fashion lover, and certainly the most accurate fashion-related reality TV show on the air. But the palpable tension and drama will also make the series entertaining for those who don’t pay much attention to the industry.
Designers have so much on their plates, and it’s fascinating to see how they balance the creative with the business and social aspects of their job.
The one downside of the series? That there aren’t more episodes.
Check out the Sundance Channel’s website for showtimes and exclusive clips: www.sundancechannel.com/fullfrontalfashion/films-series