Some of our well behaved attendees!
I've just come off a hugely stressful week – one that would have been a hell of a lot easier if people had simply obeyed a few simple rules.
I used to to think the craziness of LAFW was solely down to production issues – and there are, of course, still some production issues, however, a lot of the problems come down to a lack of professionalism. Not from the production team but most often, the guests (closely followed by some – not all – of the designers, but I'll share that info tomorrow..!)
You may think the following is just common sense. But it's apparently not, so for whomever takes my place next season – I hope this makes your job easier.
1) When RSVP-ing – introduce yourself, I don't know who you are – so tell me. But I don't need your entire resume either. It also helps if you specify what exactly you're RSVP-ing for.
2) Limit your guests. You don't need to bring more than one person to a fashion show – the rest of your friends can RSVP themselves. And if you insist on RSVP-ing plus 7 don't even think about getting front row seats.
3) Don't expect a confirmation from an RSVP if you've only RSVP'd 24 hours before a show.
4) Fashion shows run late. Deal with it.
5) Follow the rules. If you're asked to join a line – do it. It'll make it go faster.
6) If a publicist is yelling at people and sweating – it's not the time to ask why the designer gave you standing only.
7) It's too hot, too cold, too smelly. We know. We don't need to be told a thousand times, we've been here ten hours longer than you.
8) We know if you're important or not. Telling us you're important doesn't make you important, it makes you self important. And that's just annoying.
9) If you do get elusive front row seats. Respect them. Don't cross your legs, don't block the person sitting next to you with your giant camera/ipad/cell phone, put your purse under your chair and don't gossip about your latest boyfriends throughout the entire show.
10) If the show has started, and you're not in your seat – don't try and go to your seat, especially when that seat is on the other side of the runway.
I'll have part two tomorrow ;)
EDITED TO ADD (I was just reminded of this situation on Facebook!) So your daughter is walking in the fashion show. That's awesome, I'm soooo happy for you. But no, you and your family of six CANNOT have front row seats. Soz.
Andrea Bell says
This is so true! Love it Kelsi!
Also, I would add if there is a long line for the bathroom, always let the model go in front – she is working.
Sandra at Debutante Clothing says
Geez. Did these things really happen?! Unbelievable!
Yes – Andrea! Sooo true!
And yes Sandra – this and more!!
Rach is Ordinarily Urbane says
This is fantastic, and I completely agree! May I suggest:
Photographic Rules of the Runway:
Never, and I mean ever, should a photographer be yelling out to a model telling her what to do when she is walking in LA Fashion Week. Her job is to model, your job is to take pictures.