As much as we love Fashion Week, anyone who has ever been to the shows will tell you that it’s not an easy stroll down the tents. Instead, you have to contend with late start times, harried ticket scanners, dying electronics (due to lack of outlets at Lincoln Center/Eyebeam), and a myriad of other FW-related crises. In that spirit, we’re covering this season’s Fashion Week with YOU in mind, sending our intrepid reporters out to cover the important aspects of the shows…well, the ones that have nothing to do with the clothes.
Name: Anna Canlas
Date: Feb 6, 2014
Show/Party name: VINCE Fashion Week Kickoff Party
Listed start time: 8:00 PM
Actual start time: 8:00 PM
Notable personalities in attendance (please list): Alyssa Milano, Kate Bock (SI Swim Rookie of the Year 2013), Chelsea Leyland (DJd at the event), ATL Twins (the ones from Spring Breakers).
1. How would you rate your experience at the event?
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Comments: A packed room, fun music, and free-flowing champagne—the most fun you can have in the Meatpacking District.
2. Quality of service (Ushers, ticket scanners, etc.,):
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Comments: The ushers were very quick and courteous. No face-match guest list apps here.
3. Attention to detail (Gift bags, runway set, clothes):
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Comments: Given the number of people in attendance (the place was packed), they obviously couldn’t give away gift bags. When it came to the libations, you could have virtually any drink you wanted. I should have stuck to the champagne (it was free-flowing.) A word of advice, do not drink the Kool-aid. I chose from a recommended drink list, and, as is usually the case, stopped reading after the word “whiskey.” It turned out that I ordered a “whiskey smash” made of rye, “demerara” syrup, lemon and mint. All I could taste was syrup. I made the person next to me at the bar take a sip for a second opinion, and he concurred.
4. Overall consumer satisfaction (based on the qualities you were able to observe from attendees):
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Comments: “You can’t do better than this for a couple more hours,” was the succinct summary I overheard on the elevator going down.
5. Additional comments: Considering that this party was meant to celebrate Vince’s recent IPO, the crowd was a mixed bag of young fashion folk and older finance types (some carrying laptop bags on the way out.) Although, there was no better press than Cathy Horyn’s swan song in the Times today, where she talked about practicality as a modern idea on the runway, and made mention of Vince, and I quote—”The desire to be comfortable is profound… Witness the explosion of so-called lifestyle brands like Vince, which last year became a publicly traded company, an indication that the audience is hardly baby boomers looking for less complicated stuff.”