On Friday evening, the fashion world turned out for a glitzy carnival on Pier 16 in the Financial District — or to be more accurate, a carnival/fashion show/shopping extravaganza hosted by Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid, who collaborated on a collection with the designer.
Among guests like Taylor Swift, Martha Hunt and Kris Jenner was Liu Wen, a Chinese model with 2.1 million followers on Instagram and some significant firsts to her name: She was the first model from East Asia to walk in the Victoria’s Secret show and Estée Lauder’s first Asian spokeswoman.
Ms. Liu, who some have dubbed “China’s first supermodel,” took a few minutes after the show to talk about her favorite pieces from the carnival catwalk and her methods for staying energetic during fashion week.
What’s your fashion week routine?
Fashion week is amazing, but you don’t have enough time to relax. I always keep something like chocolate in my purse. And I try to clean my face and not put on too much makeup. It’s summertime so you have to keep very hydrated and keep sunblock in your purse.
What shows are you looking forward to?
Each show is amazing to see because every designer has these things that they’re doing differently and has different inspirations. I love the ideas and how they put clothes together and after they’re made, we can choose to form our own style. Actually, today’s show had great energy. The girls were very strong. There was more of a boxing style.
What were your favorite pieces in tonight’s show?
I really liked the boots with the skirts. The boots were kind of tough and the skirts were a little bit feminine. And I love the printed see-through dresses. You can see the woman’s body. They’re very sexy.
What’s your favorite place to hang out at in New York?
The studio. Anytime I’m in New York, I’m going to a photo shoot. So I know all the studios very well.
How do you stay looking fresh in the humidity?
Makeup! Just kidding. I don’t do makeup too much. Every day, I just put on lipstick, so I have a little bit of color. You have to keep good energy and stay happy. If you’re happy, everything is perfect.