Whenever the calendar rolls around to February or September, my voicemail always fills up with messages from friends inquiring about Fashion Week — as they well know it is my favorite holiday. Of course, I always call back saying "Oh, it's fabulous!" but as much as I enjoy a day at the shows, now and then it can be a bit of a hassle.
I was really looking forward to the Ports show as it is one I have been wanting to attend for a while. With a ticket in hand, I luckily arrived at the tents an hour before show time just as the PR girls were setting up the check-in table. If I were someone of more importance, I would have been whisked away past all of the security ropes, into the Promenade venue, and right into my seat. Unfortunately, being on the lowest rung of the fashion industry ladder requires that I wait in line forever. While I do enjoy people watching to see what all of the fashionistas are wearing (a lot of structured/tailored dresses with cinched waists and skinny belts), it is not long before I get impatient.
If a show is scheduled to start at 7PM, in Fashion Week time that means they might let you in around 7:30. Of course all guests with assigned seats are let in first, leaving the rest of us with 'standing' tickets out there to well, stand. Sometimes a show is overbooked and the standing people are not even let in — it's happened to me before. But I had been waiting for an hour and a half, my feet were tired, and I was determined to get in. I was already near the front of the line, but I quietly maneuvered my way even closer while the people around me gossiped and typed on their BlackBerries.
Minutes before the show was to start, they finally let a small group of us from the front of the line inside, while the rest were told to go home. We rushed in like a herd of cattle to beat each other out to the few good viewing spots from the top row (I got one of course). Finally, they stripped the protective plastic from the white runway, the paparazzi was shooed away from the front row celebs (Eliza Dushku, Mandy Moore, Sophia Bush), and the lights dimmed.
Once the music begins shaking the ground under your feet and the girls start strutting out, it truly becomes exciting… almost worth it.
The jetset brand's collection was very ethnically inspired, featuring a lot of furs, disheveled knits, wooden jewelry, and sweetheart necklined frocks. Channel the Ports look with a few of our picks below.