Laverne Cox Swears By These $150 Heels: "I Don't Even Need to Bring a Change of Flats in My Purse"

Laverne Cox has no qualms channeling her inner fashion critic when she’s sitting front row. “Theatrics can be awesome, but if the clothes aren’t good, nothing else matters,” says the Orange Is the New Black actress. “I try to be respectful, engaged, and attentive during a show. And I hope the photogs don’t catch me at angles that are too unflattering!”

We asked Cox to fill us in on her guide to fashion week, from her style and beauty must-haves to her most memorable moments from past shows. Scroll down for all of her top picks.

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“I’ll never forget Anna Cleveland frantically knitting herself into a pink corset dress as she walked the runway for The Blonds.” 

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“Naomi Campbell. I practically fainted in my living room when I watched her slink down the Versace runway in 1999, moving her hair to reveal the back of her dress as she turned. I think about that every time I show off the back of my own dress on a red carpet.” 

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“My stylist is always ready with top-stick tape and nipple covers.” 

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“I have huge feet, so I can’t always wear shoes from the designer whose show I’m seeing. Luckily, I have some custom Kenneth Cole sandals that are so comfy, I don’t even need to bring a change of flats in my purse.” 

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Always in Her Bag

“A powder puff.”

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Cool Carryall

“If I’m seeing a show and that designer makes bags, then I’ll try to carry one of theirs. But if that doesn’t work out, then I like to carry a big bag I can carry flat shoes in. My black peek-a-boo Fendi bag is so huge a change of shoes often fits inside, and I love my McQueen Heroine tote for the same reason.”

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“I’m just a simple, low-key girl from Alabama, and Fashion Week is not low-key. I really have to prepare myself for the barrage of photographers and energy surrounding me.” 

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Must-See Shows

“I have had some wonderful moments in Marc Bouwer, Michael Costello, Christian Siriano, Prabal Gurang, Opening Ceremony, Naeem Khan, Calvin Klein and too many more to name.”

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Pout Perfectors

“I’m gluten-intolerant, so I wear gluten-free lipsticks from Bite Beauty ($26) or Milk Makeup ($22).”

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Quick refresher

“Spry sugar-free, gluten-free cinnamon mints.”

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