When we can’t get the seat we’d like to get at a fashion show, we chalk it up to having only been around for about a year. When Elle magazine creative director Joe Zee can’t get a seat he wants at a show, we get offended.
Zee attended the Zac Posen show in Paris with his boss, Elle editor-in-chief Roberta Myers. We saw the two sitting together at a number of shows during New York Fashion Week, always right next to each other. But apparently the “put-the-people-who-work-together” rule that applies in New York doesn’t work in Paris. WWD reports that when the two showed up to Posen’s show, there wasn’t a seat corresponding to Zee’s invitation.
A PR person is said to have “suspiciously” eyed both Myers’ and Zee’s invites, prompting Myers to ask that the two be seated next to each other, as is their custom. The PR person then asked, “Are you friends?” And they answered that they were.
But if being the creative director of one of the most influential fashion magazines in print isn’t good enough to get a decent seat, neither is being friends with its editor in chief. After some panicked reshuffling of the seating chart, Posen’s team managed to put Zee at the end of the row — ten seats away from his boss (and his friend).