Lest you think that anyone with an IMDb page and a couple of big name parents can land themselves a front row seat at New York Fashion Week (nevermind get paid for it), let the case of Mamie Gummer prove otherwise.
Gummer is Meryl Streep‘s daughter, as well as a screen star in her own right (her new show Emily Owens, M.D. premieres next week on The CW), but while she hit the front row at Altuzarra in a chic skirt suit by the label and was paid by Coach to attend a fundraiser they sponsored for the High Line, she was denied a ticket to the Spring show of one of her other favorite designers: Alexander Wang. The New York Times, in a profile of Gummer that ran in the Friday paper, explained it thusly:
“We don’t feel like there’s enough of an already established relationship between her and the brand,” [Wang's] publicist, Leslie Rubisch, wrote in an e-mail. Translation: she projects the wrong image.
“Maybe that’s the backlash to my image as a socialite,” Ms. Gummer mused. “Then again,” she added, reddening, “that’s just them being pretentious. It’s an uptown socialite move.”
On one hand, it’s nice to know that nepotism doesn’t actually rule all in the fashion world, but on the other, Mamie’s style is definitely more Alex than Vera, and if we were to give anyone a free pass, it would definitely be the spawn of Meryl.
Guess that’s one less person we have to fight over those glow-in-the-dark dresses come spring.