For everyone who has eagerly awaited more news from the tents at Bryant Park — today is the start of Fashion Week! I will be attending some shows, but not as many as last season.
When I went to the main tent to pick up my press credentials, yesterday, there was a line, and a security guard apparently wasn’t told to let anyone in. After a few of us organized, he was forced to get up off his….err….and check.
We were let in. We waited in line. When my turn came up, two men who seemed to know the guy at the desk simply stepped in front of me and took my place. I didn’t want to fight them, so I waited. Finally, several minutes later, the young man who was to hand me a press pass got around to it, without any apologies. It doesn’t say press, it simply has an “I” on it. I am wondering if that means “invited” or “idot?” for trying to attend this seasonal circus if you’re not a high profile person?
I took a quick peek into the main tent (you couldn’t get in) and realized that nothing was ready for tomorrow’s opening. There were piles of rubble and tons of display elements strewn all over the place. No lighting. No bathrooms were apparent. I assume that they worked all day and night and today, it will be in some reasonable shape. I’ll report back when I get a chance.
I asked about the press bags and learned that they may be given out when I’m not available to attend the shows. You are NOT entitled to one (press bag) the guy snipped at me. Not entitled? If press isn’t entitled, who is? Paris Hilton?
The mood already seems strained, elxclusionary, and not very positive. I hope today brings better karma.
Welcome to fashion week.