Lipstick, potato chips, box lunches, duct tape, clothing racks, paper cups, hairspray, mascara, big round mirrors facing every which way like satellite dishes, trays of fake finger nails, an arsenal of makeup brushes, Tully's coffee, Marlboro Lights, Frontier Menthols and lots and lots and lots of smoke.

The 2004 spring/summer Tokyo Collections. Backstage at the show staged in Tokyo's Hibiya Park by fashion label a primary, across from the superposh Imperial Hotel.

Foreign models. Twelve of the tallest, leggiest young women you've ever seen, sprawled in chairs while teams of stylists frantically work their hair and faces. A makeup artist pauses with a brush at the ready while her subject, all cheekbones and curlers, hauls on a cigarette.