As the fashion folk lined the walls of the building, pushing to get to the front of the line or waiting for their name to be called by the lady with the clipboard to grant them access to the elevator — where they would be gifted with coveted photo and backstage pass rights, I watched. Intimidated a bit. But then I saw Jenna Lyons aboard the elevator and I secretly smiled knowing I was next in line for backstage.
Traveling solo up, up, up I didn't really know what to expect up there. I've seen a few shows but backstage and photo credentials are usually not included in my catwalk experience. By the time I got to the abandoned-like warehouse space of the top floor where the show was to be held, the models were fully makeup ready, yet only half dressed, and still running around practicing routines and calming their nerves. Intimidated at first I tip-toed around, then started shooting. Detail shots, makeup shots, shots of the models getting shot.
I made my way to my "seat" standing room only on the risers, but it really was the best seat in the house. I had an unobstructed view of it all. I gasped when I saw a few fashion celebs (more Jenna, Tavi Gevinson, the Urban Bush Babes) seating in actual front row seats. But then, I saw Jonah Hill duck in minutes prior to the show starting like the real celeb he is, and I nearly fell off that riser. Of course I handled it like the pro I am, only secretly snapchatting the whole thing when Jonah or his posse weren't looking.
The Rachel Antonoff's shows are known for their quirky experiential factor, she's done a sock hop and a murder mystery, so I was super excited to see what was in store for this evening. The setup had a live band in the corner. The presentation area was lined with little rows of desks topped with a pink rotary phone, pad, pen and plant- the essentials of any office space. The band started playing and within seconds the "secretaries" came out marching, and singing and dancing, in their finest Rachel Antonoff gear, to "A Secretary is not a Toy" from musical sensation How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Jack Antonoff/Lena Dunham's bf made a cameo for a few seconds playing the quintessential male boss.
After the routine the lights came back on and the models posed by their desks for us to snap away at. Seeing the garments up close after seeing them shimmy on stage was a real treat! All the details from the matching nails to the No. 2 pencils well placed in a few buns were so beautiful to see up close. This was probably one of my favorite shows to date. Miss Antonoff, I'm hooked.