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Day 4: The Price of Exclusivity

Iman and Isaac Mizrahi

Iman and Isaac Mizrahi

Musings on New York Fashion Week Spring 2011

NEW YORK, Sep 12, 2010 / FW/ — The much-publicized Mercedes-Benz VIP Lounge is doing its job. It has become a scene to be seen with high profile celebrities – Milla Jovovich, singers Estelle and Eddie The Gun, Gaye McDonald, Isaac Mizrahi, Iman, Lauren Bush and Kristin Cavallari – were among the guests yesterday.

And though there were the usual group of celebrity photographers hanging around Lincoln Center, the excitement and frenetic energy usually associated with celebrity sightings was missing.

There could be a number of reasons why there is an anemic reaction to celebrity presence inside Lincoln Center. The venue is full of fashionistas who are already too sophisticated or inured to celebrity presence. After all, the fashion press covers these celebrities whole year round.

The frenzy on celebrity sightings that we have observed at Bryant Park mostly came from the non-fashion week attendees, i.e. the passers-by and the laymen who happen to be 42nd Street at 6th Avenue and vicinity.

The move to Lincoln Center, though it was overall a good decision, took away from fashion week the energy generated by midtown and Times Square. Lincoln Center, as beautiful and classy as it is just does not emit that kind of energy.

Another reason is that there might really be no real “celebrity entrance” to speak of at the Lincoln Center. At Bryant Park, whether the celebrity takes the 6th Avenue stairs or backstage at the Public Library, there are always a lot of people milling around to notice their arrival.

At Lincoln Center, though there are also stairs and a “long walk” from Columbus Avenue to reach the entrance, the photographers and the passers-by just do not stay long enough for celebrity sightings due to lack of that frantic energy.

And as if everyone is challenging the fashion gods, the celebrities take the “back entrance” wherein there really was nobody to see them.

So, has celebrity sightings become an Alexander T. Jackson riddle – “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

Translating that to our scenario here, the riddle is, “Is there a celebrity if there are no paparazzi and adoring fans to take notice of them?”

Now, that is a great food for thought for everyone in the entertainment industry, don’t you think?

[MARI DAVIS]
Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week Spring 2011