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Fashion Week F–k-Ups

Fashion Week is finally over! It’s always an exhausting yet exciting ride. There’s always something going on, from parties to the shows to the celeb sightings and of course, the anticipation of seeing what’s hot for next season! As much as I love fashion week, this week I was screwed over by two big design houses, and I feel it is my blogger duty to share that with you.

First up – Rock & Republic. This is the show I was most looking forward to attending. I received multiple emails from their PR firm confirming my attendance, to which I confirmed multiple times. I also received emails confirming my seating assignment. So I showed up at the tent only to be told that I was placed in the standing section. Even if you try arguing with them at the door, they will not give you a seat. So I figured I’d just wait until I got inside and then seat myself. So I’m standing in line with a few hundred other people for almost an hour and then we’re all told there’s no room, the show is full. However, one of the PR girls grabbed former Project Runway contestant Jack Mackenroth and a few of his friends to come inside (I guess there was extra room if you’ve been on TV). Everyone else was turned away. It didn’t matter if you had an invitation, seating assignment, nothing. I was out. I emailed the same rep who had been emailing me all week to complain about the treatment I received and guess what? No response. So I will no longer be supporting Rock and Republic, thanks to the terrible service I received.

This was one of her many emails to me:

Thank you for your RSVP to the Rock & Republic Fall/Winter 2008 Show. You
are confirmed to attend and your seating assignment will be sent to you via
email later today and will also be available at the door tomorrow.

We look forward to seeing you.

All the Best,


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Who: Rock & Republic

What: Fall/Winter 2008 Show

Where: The Tent – Bryant Park Tents
Sixth Avenue at 41st St.

When: Saturday, February 2, 8pm

Next brand on blast – Peter Som. I received an email from American Express inviting me to an exclusive Peter Som show (to which I RSVPd immediately after receiving it):

Good afternoon,

We would love to have you join us for the Peter Som/American Express Cardmember Only Show on Wednesday at 9 pm!

Let me know if you’re interested as soon as you can.




American Express Cardmember Only Show with Peter Som

EVENT NAME: American Express Cardmember Only Fashion Show with Peter Som

WHEN: Wednesday February 6, 2008, 9:00pm

WHERE: Promenade at the Tents at Bryant Park

After waiting and waiting for a confirmation, almost 24 hours later, I finally received the following email:

Good morning,

As seating is extremely limited for tonight’s Peter Som show, it pains me to inform you that we will be unable to accommodate your attendance.

However, you and your readers can still watch the entire show LIVE, as it happens online.

I sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.



WTF?!?! What kind of operation are these people running? You don’t invite then uninivite people to an event. I don’t care if it was a mistake, let’s be more professional. Get it together people. These brands have to remember that it’s not just celebrities who support them. You can’t treat the ‘average Joe/Jane’ this way because you never know who it is you’re screwing over.

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