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 and also with other friends that I’ve met when I arrived alone in Paris!
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.
Did you watch anything to pass the time?
While I was in Paris, I didn’t have a real home, so I didn’t have TV! But I watched the football matches of the World Cup and we won with dignity! For books, I like novels and poetry, and reading books about street art.