Oops! The top snafus of New York Fashion Week (so far)
The week's first snafu was when production company People's Revolution sent out a rather nasty e-mail announcing they would be pulling out of designer David Tlale's show, and even explaining the reason why.
"People's Revolution is canceling our participation in the David Tlale show, Thursday September 5 9:30am in the Box at Lincoln Center as we have not been paid. Please note no one from production will be in attendance." Ouch.
Designer Kenneth Cole has a reputation for being a bit loose-lipped on social media, and he stayed true to that rep this week, making a pretty insensitive and inappropriate comment about footwear in relation to the potential war in Syria.
"Boots on the ground" was trending on Twitter, a reference to America's potential involvement in the ongoing Syrian civil disruption. Cole adopted the phrase for his own snide, not-very-clever use. After his commentary backfired, he took to Instagram to explain that he was just "using his platform" to "raise awareness" of this "very important issue." Sure.
Designer Martin Cooper completely canceled Belstaff's runway show this season, announcing, "Belstaff has made the decision to cancel the September 8th presentation of their SS14 women’s collection in New York. All efforts will be focused on the September 15th opening celebration of the London flagship on New Bond Street where looks from this collection will be highlighted. Private appointments to see the collection at the New York showroom can be scheduled beginning in October." Private appointments were probably the way to go anyway.
The latest gaffe: a PR person at a major fashion firm accidentally blast e-mailed the list of celebrities who had "declined" invites to attend the runway show. On the list: Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Rachel Bilson, Kristen Bell, It-girl Lily Collins, and more. Of course, some actual reasons were listed ("declined: filming"), but for many, their absences remain mysterious.
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Day three of New York Fashion Week is currently underway, and as per usual with most Fashion Weeks, there have already been a number of gaffes that would negatively impact the sleep of just about any PR person.
Last year, as you may recall, there was a huge drama after a fight over a front row seat broke out at the Zac Posen show, resulting in a French editor slapping a PR person across the face and, subsequently, the publicist returning the assault with a $1 million lawsuit.
This season, no (known) slaps have been exchanged, but there have been a number of slightly less violent altercations that are no less irritating for those involved. Click through the gallery to see the top snafus of Fashion Week so far!