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Sunday, February 05, 2006

Security dude tells the WSJ about policing NYC FW...

Top prize for dodgy impersonation:

Nabbing imposters is a favorite sport among the guards, especially when the fashion wannabes attempt to pose as someone as recognizable as Vogue editor at large André Leon Talley. Mr. Talley is a towering black man known for his exuberant fashion statements. Mr. Yorio recalls how, about five years ago, a diminutive thirtysomething white woman tried to pass herself off as Andrea Leon Talley.

If you like collecting freebie bags, beware:

Guards contend with all sorts of tactics from poseurs, who present fake passes or pretend to be someone else. "We call them 'lobby fleas,' " Mr. Yorio says. Some are easily spotted because they flock to the freebies -- such as tote bags and samples of beauty products -- offered by show sponsors. The real fashion elite typically don't touch the stuff.

Andre Leon and his typical understated style

Why fashionable people profiling doesn't work:

While crowd control and safety are paramount concerns, 'profiling' for dangerous characters doesn't always work. That is because the industry's avant-garde can look a tad suspect: Their clothes may be tattered, eyeliner smeared and hair mussed and dirty. "Someone could come in with one shoe and half a hat and is supposed to be in the front row," Mr. Yorio says.

What happened to that JP Stern guy who used to do model reporting for Pagesix.com? Some years ago he decided to follow model Satya Arteau (good choice btw) around Europe during FW season - he discovered that Paris shows were attended by "flamboyant homosexuals" (!!) and other amazing facts. No such amorous types dare to show up in NYC...

3 Comments:

At 2/05/2006 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't tell the guards, but prior to getting credentialed i used to sneak into the front row, or various other desirable seats at many of the shows (some of my pictures were linked here)! i never went for the free goodies though, except for the free drinks at the LOTUS bar. haha. -dk

 
At 2/05/2006 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

for some reason my last comment didn't go though... but in brief: the guards never caught me sneaking into the front row for the two seasons when i didn't have press credentials! i also avoided the free goodies, except for the free drinks at the LOTUS bar! -dk

 
At 2/07/2006 2:04 AM, Blogger FV said...

should be Ok now

 

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