Last night I watched a 6ft something glamazon almost plow over my five foot nothing friend! Did she not see my companion from all the way up there, or did she feel so entitled, as a big beautiful model, that she felt she had the right to practically knock my girlfriend off balance with out so much as acknowledging her with an “excuse me” or “I’m sorry”?
Fashion Week is filled with egos. During a week that is supposed to celebrate beauty, I saw people yell, push, throw tantrums and pretty much put their worst foot forward.
I was with a friend of mine, a life style journalist covering an event. The junior PR assistant, still learning to walk in the heels she was standing in, had the nerve to tell her she was “Not on the list”, even though we were confirmed. Her superior, still with his back to us, without the decency to at least turn around, said “We’re at capacity, you can’t come in” – – the “event” was practically empty! So, instead of writing product reviews or taking my private clients to purchase their wares, I am writing about how poor manners were running rampant, defacing the glamour of the fashion fest.
There is nothing like Fashion Week to make women feel invisible. Surrounded by men who do not like women and their anorexic models they use to play dress up with, one gets the feeling that unless you are beautiful, rich or famous you don’t count. By Tuesday night my friend and I needed a drink and a room full of the carnivorous stares of straight men just to get a reality check and reset the self esteem meter.
Fashion week left me feeling exhausted but more from exasperation than the rigorous schedule. I realize that Fashion Week is a pop culture, egomaniacal microcosm, but it has lost all sense of reality. Fashion Week’s reflection from the three way full length mirror with bright lights, may not be wrinkled or cellulite ridden, but even swathed in couture. When not posing for the cameras to get her good side, she can be ugly.
I enjoy the frills and frivolity of the fashion world but a little civility poured over the ice in the cocktail would make the party that much more appealing.
Written by Samantha von Sperling for T2C.