The 8 Most Memorable Fiascos From New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is chaotic even in those rare cases when things go exactly to plan. Long lines, painful shoes and even more painful hangovers are inextricably woven into fashion week’s fabric. What would you even talk to your seat partner about if you had no grumbling stomach or impossible deadlines to complain of?

But sometimes things happen that, if not ‘disasters’ by global standards, are slightly more consequential than the fact that your breakfast consisted of only a miniature kefir-based smoothie from the sponsor fridge. Here are eight fashion week fiascos that set our Twitter feeds ablaze this week.


1. At the BCBG Max Azria makeup test on Wednesday, a fire erupted on the makeup table. Twitter went crazy, but makeup artist Val Garland kept working right through it. “We had cameramen, lots of editors there, and then all of a sudden somebody goes, ‘Fire!’” Garland told WWD. “I’m like ‘Fire, oh, OK.’”

The lack of puns was made up for later.


2. Kenneth Cole had a major Twitter fail (again) when he tried to sell some shoes by making a funny hoke  about Syria, a place where ‘survival kits’ do not include miniature cans of dry shampoo.


3. There were a ridiculous amount of people given ‘S’ (standing) cards for Cushnie et Ochs’ show at Milk Studios. Not a single one of them actually got into the show.


4. The same thing happened at Diesel Black Gold. At least they got a nice view while they waited fruitlessly for a full hour:


5. A bunch of high profile fashion people including Suzy Menkes, Vogue‘s Virginia Smith, French Vanity Fair‘s Virginie Mouzat, Marie Claire‘s Kyle AndersonLucky‘s Eva Chen and Alexis Bryan Morgan, Teen Vogue‘s Andrew Bevan and Vanity Fair‘s Michael Carl were trapped in a broken service elevator after the Philosophy by Natalie Ratabesi show.

Eventually a ladder arrived, at which point the women removed their shoes (!) before being hoisted to safety.


6. Just a few hours later, the same label’s after party at Hakkasan was canceled when another fire broke out – this time in the building above the Hell’s Kitchen restaurant.

“Due to an electrical fire on the 10th floor above Hakkasan New York… we had to cancel the Philosophy event at the restaurant last night,” a rep for the restaurant confirmed to Page Six. “No one was hurt and the restaurant was not damaged. We were looking forward to a great event, but the conditions of the building were sadly out of our control. We hope to celebrate Natalie Ratabesi’s success and her spring / summer collection in the future.” Presumably Ratabesi proceeded to get wildly intoxicated elsewhere.


7. One of our favorite shows of the week was Zimmermann, which marked the Australian brand’s NYFW debut. But just moments after one of their most show-stopping pieces hit the runway on Friday, Murielle Victorine Scherre of Belgium lingerie brand La Fille d’O Instagrammed this major buzz kill:

Zimmermann denied the plagiarism claims, but it’s still a sucky way to remember your first NYFW runway show.


8. Did Leigh Lezark and Solange do this this on purpose? The matching and the scowling and the hiding all look so awkward:


Related links:
NYFW: Was Zimmermann’s Most Show-Stopping Swimsuit Plagiarized?
The Best Dressed Front Rowers of New York Fashion Week Spring 2014
We Went to a Plastic Surgery Runway Show

Filed Under |
© 2015 Styleite, LLC   |   About UsAdvertiseNewsletterJobsPrivacyUser AgreementDisclaimerContactArchives RSS

Dan Abrams, Founder
  1. Mediaite
  2. The Mary Sue
  3. Styleite
  4. The Braiser
  5. SportsGrid
  6. Gossip Cop