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Want to know what really goes on behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week, which began Thursday?

Before the models strut their stuff on the runways, designers spend hours upon hours creating their collections that are then showcased in 10- to 15-minute catwalk shows or elaborate presentations for the fashion community.

To get the inside scoop, we grilled some designers:

Betsey Johnson

It wouldn’t be Fashion Week without: Drama.

What’s your favorite part of Fashion Week? The four-hour party backstage before the show begins.

Least favorite? The stress of having to do a cartwheel.

What’s the most unfashionable thing you’ve witnessed at Fashion Week? ... Snobby bad attitudes.

What can you tell us about spring 2015? It’s true-blue me, reinvented with a twist.

Vivienne Tam

How would you design your collection in one word? Treasures.

What’s your Fashion Week must-have? Stamina and dedication.

What’s new this season? There are many new things: different fabrics, prints and appliqués in unusual combinations.

What’s your Fashion Week diet like? Lots of water (room temperature), healthy grains and salads.

What do you do after Fashion Week to unwind? Meditation and yoga.

Lela Rose

How would you describe your collection in one word? Colorful.

How would you describe Fashion Week in one word? Overwhelming.

What do you do after Fashion Week to unwind? Spend time with my family at our country home and have friends over for dinner that I haven’t been able to see leading up to the show.

What’s the most unfashionable thing you’ve witnessed at Fashion Week? Rude behavior

What’s the best part of showing in NYC? New York City is my home, so it’s really fun to see people from all over the world gather here for the same cause.

Dennis Basso

How would you describe Fashion Week in one word? Insane.

What would people be surprised to learn about NYFW? It’s not as glamorous backstage as it is in the front of the house.

What’s your Fashion Week diet like? No carbs and definitely no Diet Coke, even though I want it.

What’s the most unfashionable thing you’ve witnessed at Fashion Week? People in the lobby camping out on the floor eating lunch.

What can we expect from spring 2015? A great interpretation of the fashion-forward ‘60s brought to the present.

Elie Tahari

How would you describe your collection in one word? Organic.

What’s your favorite part of Fashion Week? Working together with my entire team, all of us focused on the same goal at hand.

After 40 years in business, the excitement of putting a show still exists for me and with each collection I design, my passion continues.

Least favorite? Lack of sleep.

What do you do after Fashion Week to unwind? I like to head to my home in Sagaponak and unwind at the beach with my children.

After months of work it is nice to enjoy a few last days of warm weather.

What’s the best part about showing in NYC? I love the energy of New York, the place that has provided me with endless inspiration ever since I arrived over 40 years ago.

I truly owe my success to NYC: It’s the place that allowed me to turn my dreams into reality.

Mara Hoffman

It wouldn’t be Fashion Week without: My tribe.

How would you describe your collection in one word? Fresh.

What’s your NYFW diet like? The same as always: almond milk lattes, green juice, organic apples, kale, eggs and an occasional order of fried chicken.

What’s the best part of showing in NYC? The audience and the energy that everyone brings to a show.

What excites you about spring 2015? The prospect of evolution.

Tadashi Shoji

How would you describe Fashion Week in one word? Thrilling.

What’s your favorite part? The anticipation the moment before the first model walks out.

Least favorite? Losing a model to another show.

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