"It’s been fun," said laconic ex-New York Ranger Sean Avery last night, of his experience at Fashion Week. "Certainly, it’s day four and I think I’m already expired. I’m so tired, I can’t keep up." Mr. Avery, who famously interned at Vogue over the summer, was sitting front-row at Narciso Rodriguez‘s evening show in Chelsea wearing "a lot of Gucci," he said.
"I met Narciso on a shoot, and we just kind of have kept in contact a little bit, so I came out to see the clothes and enjoy the evening."
Mr. Avery will soon be leaving New York: He recently signed a four-year, $15.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars. Luckily, his experience at Vogue will live on in a romantic comedy by New Line. He wasn’t sure he’d be able to stay involved in fashion once the season starts.
"I don’t know if I have time at this point," he said. "I’m still working. You know, I’ve got a real job, at some point I have to go back to work, my real work." When, exactly? "Like six or seven days, I think," he said.
In the meantime, he admitted he’s been to at least a few parties this week. "Yeah…no…I don’t know. Oh, I went to Proenza last night for a bit, it was at the Beatrice"—here he used the correct industry shorthand, Proenza instead of The Proenza Schouler after-party—"so that was nice, and I’ve been to a couple shows, I went to the Marc Jacobs show last night…"
"I just thought it would be a good idea," he continued, referring to fashion. "I always wanted to take it to the next level, and the time I had off was perfect, so I just thought I’d jump at the opportunity and try to go after it."
His new teammates will probably choose to have some fun with his summer employment. "I’m sure they’ll have a lot of jokes they’ve been working on all summer long to hit me with once training camp starts," he said.
But there’s clearly much to envy, too, fellas: Take this, below, from Mr. Avery’s online diary from a MensVogue.com guest-editing stint:
"The cafeteria in the Condé Nast building… is filled with some of the best-looking and best-dressed women in New York. Even aside from that distraction, my first attempt at getting lunch didn’t go so well. You see, I needed two trays to hold my plates of beef stroganoff and my salad (which alone could probably feed four) and my two bottles of water and my Jello for dessert."