MOVERS AND SHAKERS: PRODUCER CHRISTINA NEAULT

From New York to Paris, London to Milan the catwalks are heating up with the season’s hottest looks, but what really goes on behind-the-scenes? We talk to fashion producer and consultant Christina Neault, one of Fashion Week’s movers and shakers.  

How did you get started in fashion? I always knew I wanted to be in fashion. I have been sewing and looking at fashion magazines since I was young. I went to FIT and kind of fell into show production. I would have never know that producing fashion shows could have been an actual career.  

What do you love most about it? The people!

What are your primary responsibilities? I produce events, fashion shows, dinners, parties, etc. I also consult with designers and brands on partnerships, collaborations and branding.

What are the key ingredients to producing a memorable runway show?  Being organized, staying in budget, teamwork and most of all—a beautiful collection.

What’s the biggest mistake a designer can make when it comes to putting on a runway show? Not being ready to show. Doing a runway show is a huge undertaking financially and needs to be a long-term commitment. The press and buyers want to see consistency.

How stressful is it, to work so intensely during fashion week? Work is always intense. Fashion week is just multiplied by 1000.  

What advice would you give to those who want to work behind-the-scenes of fashion week? Be observant. Watch everything that goes on around you. You are only one piece of a very big puzzle.

When it comes to the next-big-thing, which radars are on your ones-to-watch list for 2015? There is a lot of fresh new talent out there but what I am really excited to see in 2015 is Chris Benz at Bill Blass and Peter Copping at Oscar de la Renta.