Maybe Daphne couldn't be at SF cause she had to do fitting for Prada? I've read in Ymre thread that the fittings were tonight for Prada. I don't know if this is why that designer said that, but it's a thought.
I bet she will do great in Milan and Paris. NY is more for a classic natural look, while Milan and Paris use this kind of beauty (don't know a word for it).