Whitney Port Thinks You Should Pay For Her Show At Fashion Week
Whitney Port is putting on the “first-ever fan-supported fashion show” (say that five times fast!) at this fall’s New York Fashion Week, which sounds really cool and awesome until you realize that she’s hitting you up for money.
Starting a clothing line isn’t just a difficult endeavor, it’s an expensive one. Between trade shows, fashion week, and everything in between, getting noticed takes a lot of dough. Check out Jezebel‘s great breakdown of the costs and logistics if you don’t believe us! And Whitney’s line, Whitney Eve, is still in the start-up stage, so we can understand why the label is strapped for cash. Still, it’s basically unheard of for designers to turn to their fans for funding, especially in such a public setting.
We’re kind of torn on this one; we love Whitney and would like to see her succeed, but it feels like she’s just asking for a handout. Then again, no one is forcing us to donate. Would you be happy to help Whit’s cause, or do you think asking people to fund her show is out of line? Regardless, we’re interested to see how many donations Whitney actually gets. It’s an interesting idea, and it would be very interesting if more independent designers decided to follow suit, but we doubt it will be a game-changer. We’ve embedded her pitch below, so have a listen and tell us what you think!