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Anyone who knows me would likely say I am the least qualified person to be writing about fashion week. I did put on a pair of pants for the show which is something I am reluctant to do when the temperature is over 65 degrees. It was 75 in New York.
I am definitely qualified as a leading candidate for an Extreme Makeover. Too bad designer Rachel Zoe was not my childhood friend. As an 8 year old she said she tired of a family friend who never wore anything but soccer outfits and she went to his house and planned his outfits for better style.
SPG Amex Stars and guests at Lincoln Center, New York. I am guestless on the right.
My wife used to play the fashion designer role for me when I was in my 20s, but she quit the job after realizing I wasn’t going to continue climbing up the six-figure corporate ladder.
Fortunately I was on the back side of the camera for most of this fashion event. There was a lot of free Skyy vodka and Mionetto champagne being pounded back by attendees of the Rachel Zoe Runway Show exclusively for American Express cardmembers. Beer is not fashionable, so I remained sober enough to report what I experienced.
What is New York Fashion Week?
Paris, London, Milan and New York are the four grand slam events of high fashion in the retail world. New York Fashion Week began in 1943 when industry fashion leaders were unable to travel to Paris during World War II and preview the latest trends.
Over 100,000 fashion industry insiders came to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York for more than 80 designer shows over 8 days from Sep 6 to Sep 13. American Express has been a main official sponsor of New York Fashion Week for 11 seasons.
Amex cardmembers were able to buy tickets to this American Express cardmember exclusive event with designer Rachel Zoe for $50 to $150 depending on seating.
The unexpected thing for me with the event is learning a fashion runway show is only about 20 minutes long. This event was a bit longer with 30 minutes of pre-show drinking and mostly women attendees standing in line for swag bags.
Pre-show reception was time for swag bags.
The pre-show reception lasted 30 minutes. The lines for the swag bags got really long as did the lines for drinks. The alcohol was promptly cutoff at 7pm sharp.
Who is Rachel Zoe?
Rachel Zoe is a fashion designer with a Bravo TV show The Rachel Zoe Project. She sounded like a superwoman mom, wife, writer, TV star and fashion designer during a pre-runway Q&A interview by another fashion designer Prabal Gurung.
Now if you have ever seen the movie Father of the Bride I or II, Steve Martin versions, then you probably remember the Martin Short wedding designer character Franck Eggelhoffer. Prabal Gurung has a similar kind of accent.
And what about the fashion?
The Runway Show
The 1960s are back baby. Austin Powers would feel right at home.
Well, it is kismet that I was seated in the second row at the end of the runway directly in front of where the fashion models turned around.
Amazingly I snapped some 51 photos of beautiful fashion models. Then I downloaded the pictures to find I have 49 photos of blurry fashion models with a perfectly in focus audience seated in the background of each shot.
Photographing people is not something I normally do as anyone who has read enough Loyalty Traveler posts has probably noticed.
I should have had my camera on ‘pets’ setting. Fashion models move quickly.
Rachel Zoe collection runway show.
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Loyalty Traveler disclosure:This is a sponsored post as part of my experiences as a SPG Amex Star blogger. For this event I received airfare Monterey to New York, two nights at the W Union Square New York and a complimentary ticket to the American Express Rachel Zoe Collection Runway Fashion Show exclusively for American Express Cardmembers.