How To Survive Fashion Week With Rubens Guez
Fashion week is a hectic time for models, when they can have dozens of castings and jobs booked into a couple of days in each city, before more moving on to the next one without a break between. We sat down with Rubens Guez from Elite Model Look France to find out how to survive, passing the time and the highlights from a model’s point of view.
What do you love about fashion week?
For me the highlight is walking in shows, I really love it! After, you can find pictures of the shows on Vogue Runway and it’s always a nice surprise to see what the photos look like! Also, I love meeting photographers at the end of every show.
What app do you use to get around a city you don’t know?
Google Maps, I don’t understand how work any of the other apps!
What do you always pack when you travel?
My camera! I’m always looking for an unusual face, a special place or a meeting. Plus, my speaker, so I can listen to music everywhere.
What kind of bag do you like to use?
I usually wear a satchel. Otherwise a classical backpack, just to carry some stuff, obviously my camera!
Where did you stay in Paris for fashion week?
I moved quite a lot! I’ve stayed in the 17th arrondissement, and then the 11th.
Who did you hang out with in Paris with?
I went to New York just before fashion week, and during my trip, I met some French models who are living in Paris. So when I was in Paris, I spend my evenings with them, or also with other friends that I’ve met when I've been working in Paris before.
How many alarms do you set to wake up early?
Depends… In general 6 or 7!
There is a lot of waiting when you travel, and at castings and shows! What do you do to pass the time?
That is true that there is a lot of waiting but I’m very patient, sometimes too much maybe. So I call my friends or my family, talk to other models who are also waiting, or scroll through Instagram. I love following @luxormotor, it’s an Instagram account that always makes me laugh.
Do you watch anything to pass the time?
I don’t really watch anything, although during one fashion week, I was following the football matches of the World Cup - and I was super proud when France won! For books, I like novels and poetry, and reading books about street art.