What Was Salman Rushdie Doing At Fashion Week?

You see a lot of things you don’t expect to see during New York Fashion Week: Men with beards wearing sequined evening gowns, Anna Wintour smiling at people, and Salman Rushdie sitting front row at Phillip Lim.

Wait. Really? Sir Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses and, like, The Jaguar Smile? Certainly the man is culturally connected (and he’s not the worst-dressed author in the world), but is he interested enough in fashion to deal with the press scrum at such a high profile show?

According to The Fug Girls, yes he is. Rushdie is curently hard at work on a memoir (which we can’t wait to read) and needed to get out of the house.

“I don’t usually come to these shows. One show per year is about my speed,” he said. “But I’m working hard and I’m not going out in the daytime much, so I let myself get dragged out. I’m looking forward to it.”

And Rushdie should have been looking forward to it — it was a good show. Lim examined the interplay between form and function for this collection, telling Style.com he was inspired by “chic women who ride bikes to work, to brunch, to a cocktail party.” Were there pedal pushers? No. But there was lots of easy movement and color blocking, both things Rushdie must have enjoyed.

The Fug Girls: Chatting Up Salman Rushdie at 3.1 Phillip Lim [The Cut]

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