Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Fashion Week Miami: Epilogue
Now that Fashion Week has drawn to a close, it's time to reflect on the bikini bonanza. It's a challenge to collect my thoughts with all the vitamin energy drinks still running through my system, but I'll give it a try. (Also, Cafe Bustelo, you totally had me with the tequila-spiked ice coffee - watch out Dunkin Donuts!) So what have we learned?
1. I learned that people will do anything for gift bags. I also learned that people are willing to wait in line upwards of 45 minutes for free Brazilian flip-flops. I guess when you're downing multiple spiked Bustelo coffees, the time just sorta flies, right?
2. The Raleigh penthouse is a fabulous spot to hold a press conference. Christian Audigier, you are the definition of suave.
3. Sometimes a stationary fashion show is better than a runway show. Case in point - the La Perla "show" at the Gansevoort pool plaza. We arrived wondering if we'd missed the show only to find out, nope, those mannequins stationed inside the pool are the show. Brilliant! Take your time, grab a glass of champagne, pull up a cabana and peruse the swimwear at your own pace. So much better than those "live" models walking way too fast!
4. I also learned that there is a Miami party fixture named Shaggy Steve. And Shaggy Steve is everywhere. Let's call him S-squared.
He manages to be at every party you will ever attend and then some. His look can only be described as sorta like Robert Plant if he was from Long Island and never sexy. His fluffy curly fro is unmistakable. During events like Art Basel, Swim Week, Food and Wine fest, the Boat Show, etc. be prepared to see S-squared at approximately 42 events a night. In fact, it's possible that S-squared has cloned himself in an effort to cover more ground. If you see S-squared ask him for his card, it's the size of a 3" x 5" photograph. This man may possibly be the coolest person in Miami. You heard it here first.