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Karlie Kloss, NYFW's Busiest Model: 'I'd Pick Sleep Over Champagne!'

02/18/2013 at 04:30 PM ET

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From the N.Y.C. kickoff to the Paris finales, Fashion Week is really more like Fashion Month, so it’s no wonder that editors are already complaining of exhaustion. But one look at supermodel Karlie Kloss’s schedule should immediately put them to shame.

The 20-year-old fashion world darling closed shows for the biggest names in New York (including Carlina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Calvin Klein), fulfilled her duties as Mercedes Benz’s ambassador to Fashion Week, passed out her own Karlie’s Kookies in front of the tents and somehow squeezed in a trip to the Grammys in L.A.

And lest you think she took a break, she was already on the runway for Burberry in London by Monday. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” Kloss told PEOPLE at the Mercedes-Benz lounge. “I rushed here straight off the red-eye [from the Grammys] … [but] I know my limits.”

Those limits include curtailing parties during her busiest months. “I am definitely a sleep over champagne kind of girl,” she says. “I’m a hardworking girl, so I have to take care of myself!” On her must-have list: “These stick-on eye patch things that stick to your skin, called Skyn. I almost walk out of the house wearing them,” she shares. “You have to rest while you can, drink water and power through.”

Is there anything that does bother Kloss during Fashion Week? Well, maybe one teensy thing: “In fashion shows nails are almost as much of a statement as the clothes themselves. In every show you’ve got to change,” she says. “It’s awful when I get a great color that I love and I’m like, ‘Dang it, I only get to wear it for the next twenty minutes!’”

Tell us: Do you envy Kloss’s jetsetting lifestyle? How do you keep up your energy during a busy month?

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Catherine Kast


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