Being a blogger during Fashion Week is exhausting, but being a model during Fashion Week sounds downright grueling. Castings and fittings and shows and parties — oh, and those heels! Where can a girl catch some R&R in the midst of all the madness? The UGG Australia Model Lounge, of course.
This week we swung by the subterranean spot (hidden in the basement of Union Square’s Coffee Shop) to check out the exclusive digs. The Lounge is open year-round, but it’s especially busy during Fashion Week, when the city is brimming with all sorts of leggy creatures. Female models (that’s right — no dudes allowed) from the top 10 agencies have access to the Lounge, and UGG’s involvement means they can snag some boots while they unwind. They can also grab food, watch TV and use the Lounge’s laptops. The space itself is outfitted like a ski lodge, replete with faux fur throws, a working fireplace and even some creative (and animal-friendly!) taxidermy.
19-year-old Kelsey Sirucek gave us the dish on what it’s like to be a model at Fashion Week. “Making sure you get to all your castings, and just all of the running around is the hardest part. But I love the runway, so it’s worth it,” she explained. And how does she get her fashion news? “I don’t really read any blogs, except for the one my agency has, and I’ve never been one of those people who reads fashion magazines. Just being in the industry, you get a feel for what’s going on in the fashion world and what’s cool.”
She told us that she eats apples instead of downing caffeine to keep her energy up (a trick from her personal trainer back in Canada), lamented the city’s inexplicable subway issues (she was stuck underground for 45 minutes that morning) and confessed she was glad she wasn’t living in one of those infamous model apartments this week (“They can be total disasters during Fashion Week — everyone’s running in and out, and nobody even has a chance to clean up after themselves.”) Oh, the life of a model. Now, if only we could get UGG to sponsor a blogger lounge…
this is some kind of spaceship or something.