(Danica Lo / StyleBistro) Jason Wu fall 2013
Every February and September, a lot of fuss is made (and a lot of fashionable feathers are ruffled) by the biannual who's-sat-where New York Fashion Week version of the Mean Girls
cafeteria-style seating chart—i.e. the publicly-visible publicist-and-designer ranking of where you fall in the fashion industry food chain. Do you deserve a front-row seat or have you somehow slighted the PR agency or label and are shunted to standing (or even worse—banned!)?
Me, I've seen every end of the spectrum—for years I was lucky enough to sit front row when reviewing shows for the New York Post
and Vogue Paris
online. I've been banned (going on six or seven years now from Y-3!), I've been mysteriously relegated to the sixth row from the front row (hello, BCBG), and once, even told to sit in the photo pit (Diesel, circa 2007).
At the end of the day, unless you're Anna Wintour, Glenda Bailey, Robbie Myers, or someone of that caliber who can, with a keystroke, make or break a designer's career, there's no guaranteeing your place in the seating pecking order. After more than ten years and 21 seasons working in this industry in New York, I find it's still a privilege to even be invited to view a designer's collection—and it's a huge compliment, and incredibly flattering, to be assigned a front row seat.
That said, my favorite seat in nearly any
audience situation—concerts, theater, shows, anything—is front row balcony. Maybe it's the bird's-eye view, maybe it's the fly-on-the-wall perspective, maybe it's the ability to take it all in, big-picture style—but being perched above the fray with an unobstructed panorama makes me really really happy... and that's exactly where I was sat at the Jason Wu
fall 2013 show.
Check it out—the photographers were right below me:
And the glorious ballroom floor and chandelier:
Of course, the clothes were divine—signature Jason Wu, replete with classic ladylike detailing such as delicate hand-pleating, the strategically-placed ruffle, and flattering contrast paneling.
There was smart eveningwear—including two cool asymmetrical gowns layered over satin trousers:(ImaxTree) Jason Wu fall 2013
There were to-die-for cocktail dresses that, to be honest, were by far the most covetable looks from the collection—especially the kicky little red-and-black numbers:(ImaxTree) Jason Wu 2013
From my vantage point, the finale video: