OK fashion lovers, I must vent for a few minutes. This past New York Fashion Week was a absolute mess. Here’s why:
Weeks prior to fashion week, rumors were swirling that IMG would not approve credentials for a lot of bloggers. Slowly but surely a few of my fellow bloggers said they were denied credentials. What problem does this solve? The entire credential process is a sham if you were to ask me. What’s the point of spending $80 ($100 if it’s late) on a plastic card that gives you no real access to “the tents”? Access to the lobby (if you have invitation) and a designer contact list is not worth it. If you’re a legitimate blogger, chances are you will know who to contact for invitation request and can easily gain access to “the tents” by showing your invitation. Save your $80 for a new pair of shoes. For the record, we do not register for credentials.
The check in process at the Lincoln Center tents was very reminiscent of a airport. I thought I had to take off my shoes and go through a metal detector before being allowed inside.
Seriously, the check process gets two thumbs way down! What’s the point of showing our tickets four or five times before we get into the venue? There should be a check point to enter the venue, then scanning upon entering the show. Some say the lobby wasn’t as congested because of the new entry procedures. I think it was because the new “rules” discouraged press from attending.
The standing line (sigh).
There is nothing worse than the god awful standing line. Why make the standing guest wait for almost an hour to go inside? If you’re a invited guests, you should be treated equally and allowed inside with everyone else. Maybe then the shows will be close to starting on time.
Dear PR firms, after having a lengthy conversation with my fellow bloggers, we despise the dreaded “Standing” seating assignment. Especially when you BEG us to fill in seats or move down a few rows because your “seated guests” were a no show. We are just as important as (dare I say it) print publications. It’s no secret that there were a TON of empty seats at show this season. hmmm I wonder why? Additionally, security treats standing room guest like crap!
Speaking of the IMG security, why must they be so rude and downright nasty at times.
To be fair, not all of them are this way but some could use a chill pill. After all you don’t want to piss off the press.
The overall design of the tents were not very inviting. I thought I was on set of American Horror Story: Coven. It was entirely too dark in the tents. I did however enjoy the Pavilion tent, what a beautiful addition to the venue.
Bloggers cannot tweet, instagram, facebook, etc with our fully charged gadgets. There should be more charging stations in the tents. The few they had this season were not easy to find and did not work most of the time. Also, did anyone else have to search high and low for the freakin’ wifi password? Super annoying!
Despite the brutal winter and fashion shows being spread out, we found the offsite presentation to be more enjoyable than the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center. Hopefully and god willing, IMG will get their act together in time for September’s New York Fashion Week. That’s if they can get the press to return.