24 hours with Nicky Briger, editor of Marie Claire

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a major magazine event? In this 24 hours with, Marie Claire editor, Nicky Briger, prepares for one of the magazine's biggest events - the Prix de marie claire.


Wake up and check emails and social media. Get the kids ready for school, throw on old faithful black dress – always a saviour on whirlwind event days. I put make-up on while packing school bag.

Slice of toast in one hand, coffee in the other, I race to the office – on the phone to Jackie Frank, Marie Claire’s general manager, Susie Hogan, marketing, Kat & Co from event production, Jana Pokorny our fashion editor, and Debbie Walters, photo editor.


Arrive to the office, during which I have an argument with security who won’t let me into the building without my pass which I suspect has ended up on the floor of the fashion cupboard when I was trying on Prix dresses last night. Not like I’ve worked in the same building for 10 years or anything…


Snuck my way in to Marie Claire HQ, ninja style. Emails are flooding in. I take a quick scan of the weather bureau – no chronic cyclone storms or major weather warnings predicted (as per last PDMC).


Leave the office for a site visit. Kat & Co have been bumping in for two days. This is my first glimpse of the event space which has been in planning stages for about 12 months. Two words: blown away.


Back at MC HQ for an all-staff briefing to discuss roles and responsibilities of the night. Our fabulous staffers are being briefed on best practise schmoozing and the who’s who of celebs, clients and media.


As if tonight’s colossal event wasn’t enough work for one day, we’re also on deadline for our October issue! Have to check our cover final and sign off last-minute pages asap. Con-call with Lexus to finalise specifics ahead of tonight.


Who has time for lunch – it’s farrrrrrshion darl!

Seating chart has involved 987432548756 hours of back-and-forth – need to get the positions right in the room so people are happy and entertained. Yes, between Jackie Frank and I there were some last-minute (entire) rearrangements.


God bless my team (and their babies) for hand-packing every single personalised The Daily Edited luggage tags and Virgin Australia Gold Membership passes reflective of the ever-changing seating plan.


Our brilliant video producer just unveiled his phenomenal work – the intro video that will open the entire awards night and set the scene. Beyonce’s feminist words are ringing in my head.


Final dress rehearsal.

40 looks by 40 Australian designers. 40 models. Not to mention the 80+ pairs of Christian Louboutin stilettos. HEART. IS. POUNDING. The lighting, the lasers, the music, the atmosphere, the styling… can’t wait for our 200+ guests to witness this moment later tonight.


Hair and makeup. Need a bucket of foundation to cover up the sleepless nights in the lead up to tonight. Pity the poor make-up artist who was assigned to me.


Thanks gorgeous Toni Maticevski and Swarovski for making me feel like a princess! Off to the red carpet to greet our principal partner Lexus (who also made sure I wasn’t late by transferring me here). Note to self: must buy the LC500h!


Red carpet in full swing! Hello Asher Keddie, Jesinta Franklin, Dannii Minogue, Terry Biviano, Kate Waterhouse, Kylie Gillies, Sally Obermeder, Steven Khalil, Napoleon Perdis, Lianna … breathe.


Moment to remember: my boss Jackie Frank and Kate Waterhouse twinning on the red carpet (same dress) #greatPRforAlexPerry


Champagne Taittinger is flowing and I’m about to take to the stage.


In true Perdis family form, Napoleon and Lianna give a heartfelt, powerful speech following their category win calling for acceptance and marriage equality.


Fashion moment goes exactly as hoped and planned – perfection.


Guests are going nuts for their personalised gifts, pilot gold memberships from Virgin Australia!


Fleet of Lexus cars are on standby to drop our guests back home.

12:00am to 1:00am

Bump out underway, finally share a glass of bubbles with Jackie and the fashion and marketing teams, toasting a job well done.


Finally home and spend half an hour trawling social media and posting a few snaps of my own (no time during the night!).


Awake, dammit. Too excited to sleep properly. Start trawling through online news stories.


Get the kids ready, do the school drop-off and race to Seven.


Hair and make-up at Seven (thanks Gary!). Must cover up another long sleepless night.


On The Morning Show chatting all things Prix with Larry and Kylie.


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