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Update: Here's the stream of Ryan Adams' version of "Bad Blood."
Did you know that planet Earth could permanently run out of helium in about 100 years, and that our national reserves could dry up in as few as five? Yes, numerous studies show that the element that floats our festive balloons and makes our voices hilariously high is vanishing into thin air. What next? New research on the plummeting global supply of puppies?
In a weird way, it's crises like this one that can make us take action. Empty aquifers and dwindling oil reserves can be unfathomable, but finding that the price of balloons for your kid's birthday party has risen to hundreds of dollars might just jolt you awake. Hence this story: we wanted to capture the innocent beauty of helium at play while evoking its fragility -- to make your heart sink in tandem with the balloons. In the near future, these images will take on a new connotation of luxury that has nothing to do with the fabulous fashion brands on display. Deflating, isn't it?
Saint Laurent by Heidi Slimane
Dolce & Gabbana
Miu Miu Coat, Calvin Klein top and skirt, Kenzo shoes
Kenzo bodysuit, Max Mara shoes
Christian Dior jumpsuit, Jason Wu shoes
Valentino Dress, Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, Dsquared2 jumpsuit
Tom Ford coat, Marc Jacobs dress
Tons of cute fashion kids turned out last night for our New York Fashion Week party with Tumblr and Moschino celebrating Jeremy Scott. The first half of the evening, held in Moschino's incredible flagship SoHo store -- complete with a gargantuan mannequin and other over-sized Moschino accessories transformed into hulking furniture pieces -- featured our friends at Tumblr bestowing Scott with their annual Fashion Honor Award. Tumblr's fashion evangelist Valentine Uhovski presented Scott with the award, designed by artist Delilah Jones, which goes to designers whose work speaks specifically to the creative overlap between fashion and the internet. Paper editorial director Mickey Boardman also spoke during the ceremony, calling Scott "a kid from Kansas City, MO" whose early work of wildly creative, pop culture-infused, just-plain-fun designs was "Tumblr, before Tumblr existed." Scott then signed his Paper cover (on stands now) and posed for selfies with fans who had turned out in droves to meet him, while his parents and sister looked on. It could not have been a funner, sweeter evening highlighting fashion's inspirational and aspirational possibilities. Big thanks to Tumblr, Moschino, and DJ Kitty Cash! Check out the photos below.
Fans get their Paper copies signed!
Paper's Kim Hastreiter and Jeremy Scott
DJ Kitty Cash!
Paper's Mickey Boardman and Tumblr's Valentine Uhovski
Carlo Mengucci and Pablo Olea
Best mannequin ever.
Jeremy Scott and Rain Dove
Matthew Mazur and Pablo Olea
Jeremy Scott and artist Deliliah Jones, who designed his Tumblr Fashion Honor Award
Jeremy Scott being cute
Julia Modenese and Claire Eskstrom
Jeremy Scott and the gorgeous Carmen Carrera
Rachel Effendy and Nicole Effendy
Sam Shannon and Kate Owen
Jeremy Scott and Paper's David Hershkovits
Update: Iggy has responded to the interview on Twitter, apparently without consulting T.I. (or, maybe, confirming if she's still on the label). Smart move for someone getting publicly called out for speaking too quickly and without thinking!
When Papermag.com asked me to create a list of who I thought the most badass fashion designers in my book were, I was in heaven. This catagory of creatives are always my favorites because they do what I love: they subvert, they act like punks, they shock and they turn everything upside down. Most important, they tell the truth. They create uncompromisingly and independently from their hearts. Most of them have had a contentious relationship with the fashion industry and press but hell, that didn't stop them. Most weren't in it for the money, anyway. (My kind of peeps.) You might call them badass, but I call them great. Below, I've catalogued my favorites, arranged by their greatest, most thug moments.
Thug moments: Westwood would never ever kiss anyone's ass editorially or in retail. Her clothes often celebrated taboos and often shocked. She showed up at the punk show at the costume Institute gala with a photo of (then) Bradley Manning (who is now Chelsea) pinned on her dress with the word TRUTH lobbying for amnesty for him. She has posed nude for Jurgen Teller and caused a scandal when she posed as a punk Queen of England for the cover of the Tattler. Westwood and her equally badass music impresario husband Malcolm McClaren's radical fashion collaborations continued to raise hell throughout the seventies and eighties. They were true subversives who turned the fashion world on its ear.
Thug moments: A radical designer whose super-edgy, aggro work was born out of the club and music scene in New York in the early eighties. His early, extreme, Warholian-inspired looks were produced with ultra-luxe fabrics and construction-- think fluorescent cashmere custom woven in Italy and DayGlo graffiti printed on Louis Vuitton bags. Sprouse's house model was trans artist Teri Toye and he produced radical street looks consistently through out his career -- but he produced them using extreme luxury, which was about the most uncommercial idea ever.
Thug moments: Geoffrey Beene was a gentile, waspy man on the outside but a badass punk on the insidehad longstanding feuds with much of the mainstream fashion community. He banned WWD from his shows and in later years had problems with everyone from Vogue's Anna Wintour to New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn. Rumor had it that one time, a super-powerful magazine editor-in-chief came with a posse for a collection preview and asked Beene if he had anything in red. He proceeded to go in the back and grab one of his sewing ladies old dirty red shoes and threw them on the table in front of the editor. He refused to become a part of the fashion establishment, poo-pooing the CFDA and many mainistream fashion magazines.
Thug moments: Margiela refused to be photographed and would never let anyone (whether editors or buyers or celebrities or fans) know who he was or what he looked like. His idea was to remove all ego from his fashion house so he would dress everyone in the house in the same uniform -- a white lab coat. His shows were fairly radical conceptually. I once attended a show of his in a salvation army on the outskirts of Paris where everyone had to sit on used furniture including old washing machines and toilets.
Thug moments: Charles James is still known today as one of the most brilliant and respected designers and was given a posthumous show at the Costume Institute in 2014. James was actually a super-difficult and mercurial -- although brilliant -- 1950s designer who made elaborately constructed magical ballgowns for everyone from elegant Park Avenue heiresses to glamour queens like Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Arden and Gypsy Rose Lee. After living the last part of his life in the Chelsea hotel he sadly died broke and underrated in 1978. His mantra was "I am the most copied person in the world."
Thug moments: Pfahler has always been a badass artist, performer and co founder of the band the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. Pfahler, who spends most of her time performing nude and colorfully body-painted with an enormous rat's nest of hair and blackened teeth. What many dont know is that years ago, Kembra Pfahler threw her hat into the fashion designer ring and produced a few fashion shows filled with completely outrageous and fabulous S&M-Catholic-girl inspirations. Talk about badass.
Thug moments: Walker has always been an artist expressing himself through clothing design, rather than a 'fashion designer.' Although he still creates a collection which is available at Dover Street Market, he doesn't show anymore. Decades ago, Walker's shows were legendary and outrageous. He invented something called the "pantyskirt" which he showed when he was just a teenager and which was copied by Jean Paul Gaultier in Paris to all of our horror. He once sent a group of girls down the runway in one of his shows walking invisible dogs and showed a top that needed three people to wear it all connected to each other at the shoulders. Punk af.
Thug moments: Like Margiela, Commes des Garcons Rei Kawakubo is another badass hider. She wont give interviews and is rarely seen in public, preferring her radical work to speak for itself. Its not that Kawakubo is a punk, but her work has absolutely no connection to trends or commerciality and doesn't resemble normal clothing. Her most legendary thug collection had to be her hunchback collection, in which every piece had huge hump-like appendages attached to them in all the wrong places. Another badass fashion moment was her "flat" collection a few years ago in which she designed clothing that all looked two-dimensional.
Thug moments: A recent biography about tragic designer Alexander McQueen shockingly claimed McQueen had planned to kill himself on the catwalk in front of a live audience. It doesn't get more thug than that. At one of his most outrageous shows in 2001, McQueen forced his audience to sit around a large mirrored box for over an hour, staring at their own reflections until the lights inside went on revealing a padded cell with the models wearing the clothes.
Thug moments: Designer Owens and his partner Michelle Lamy have always marched as outsiders to their own tune. Owens made clothes for years in a small Los Angeles storefront and when he finally moved to Paris his business took off big time. Owens, however, never lost his radical subversive mojo. His favorite house model was always the insane-looking Kimbra Pfahler and Owens recently shocked the fashion world with one of the number one thug fashion moments of all times: His mens collection caused a ruckus last January when it featured a lineup of men's penises fully exposed!
HOOD BY AIR
Thug moment: Designer Shayne Oliver is definitely a badass. Just this week, HBA's show theme was juvenile delinquency! My favorite badass look was look # 1 -- a traditional-looking jumpsuit from the front, but as the model passed by you saw that there was nothing in the back. Every piece in Oliver's aggro HBA show had gender-bending and subversive elements. Oliver is definitely our favorite badass of the year.
HONORABLE MENTION: BADASS RETAILER
Thug moments: Pat Fields was always a badass. She would buy collections from designers who were so out there no other retailer would touch them. And she was always fiercely loyal. She often had the most amazing sales because many of the designers she carried were not commercial and she had to unload it all for cheap. The craziest moment I remember was when Fields had a huge sale of all Stephen Sprouse's going-out-of-business stuff. She bought his entire stock from the bankruptcy court and sold the uber-expensive stuff to the kids in her store for a song.
For years now the fashion industry has weathered criticism over its unequal hiring and representation of models of color -- if not outright racism -- and while there's still a ways to go, it seems like some people are actually listening to complaints and trying to create change. At NYFW many of the biggest break-out faces this season have been from a diverse range of backgrounds, races, ethnicities and nationalities, giving hope that the days of runways featuring all white models could finally start becoming a thing of the past. Below, meet ten rising stars who made their mark this week.
Lineisy Montero (@linesiymontero)
Sharing the cover of Teen Vogue's August 2015 issue alongside list makers Imaan Hammam and Aya Jones, Lineisy Montero is the 19-year-old Dominican dynamite that's blowing up the runways of Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors and, most recently, Calvin Klein. So refreshing are her face and 'fro that she also appears in Prada's F/W 2015 and almost every major league NYFW runway this season.
Karly Loyce (@karlyloyce)
After being charged with racism by model-turned-activist Bethann Hardison and supermodels Iman and Naomi Campbell back in 2013, Céline has made a diversity leap by casting fresh face Karly Loyce for the brand's F/W 2015 campaign, joining the ranks of perennial Céline icon Daria Werbowy and Joan Didion. A biology student from Martinique, Karly Loyce walked in shows like Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta and Calvin Klein this season.
Pooja Mor (@poojamor)
A former computer engineering student from India who won her university's pageant contest, Pooja is like the platonic ideal of beauty and brains. After a painful plummet down the Givenchy runway at the start of NYFW, she became fashion's biggest comeback story after she got right back up, gave a double hair-flip, and went on to grace the runways of brands like Victoria Beckham, Derek Lam, Tory Burch and Calvin Klein.
Amilna Estevao (@amilnaestevao)
Discovered in 2013 after participating in the Elite Model Look competition in Angola and snagging the cover of New York Times Style Magazine's 2015 Beauty Issue, Amilna Estevao has since been seen walking everything from Givenchy to Coach.
Issa Lish (@issalien)
Discovered while waiting tables for her father's sushi restaurant in Mexico City (she is of Mexican-Japanese descent) as punishment for doing poorly in school, Issa is now one of modeling's straight-A students. Appearing on the cover of Vogue Italia's April 2015 issue, shot by Steven Meisel, and in the pages of our September issue, Lish has also walked shows for Proenza Schouler, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung, Alexander Wang, Givenchy and DVF, among others.
Imaan Hammam (@hammamimaan)
Dutch raised of Egyptian-Moroccan descent, Imaan Hammam went from being discovered meandering about Central Station in Amsterdam at the age of 14 to opening Givenchy's S/S 2014 show as Ricardo Tisci's latest muse at the age of 18. After gracing the cover of Vogue's 2014 September issue among the "New Supers," she's been appearing everywhere during NYFW, including shows like Givenchy, rag & bone, Michael Kors and more.
Aya Jones (@iamayajones)
Scouted on the streets of Paris, French-Ivorian 20-year-old Aya Jones is another model that hit the ground strutting as a Prada exclusive for its S/S 2015 runway show. With model-turned-activist Bethann Hardison as her primary role model, Aya Jones is staying active by advertising for Gap, H&M, Marc Jacobs, and Prada and walking for Coach, Tommy, Oscar De La Renta, Michael Kors, and DVF this NYFW.
After tagging three photos of herself to IMG Models' Instagram scouting campaign @WeLoveYourGenes with the campaign's hashtag, #WLYG, Lameka was contacted within 24 hours of her submission and was signed to IMG two days later. With only a Marc Jacobs Resort 2016 show under her belt, Lameka Fox is a newcomer whose quickly catching the attention of tastemaking brands like Hood By Air and Public School, both of whom cast her in their recent shows.
After Argentinian model Mica Arganaraz submitted a Polaroid to an agency, the rising star has graduated to billboards. Featured in the latest F/W 2015 advertising campaigns for Coach and Dior, she was also spotted closing the show for rag & bone and walking the runway for Calvin Klein.
Winner of W Magazine's Instagram Model Search, 20-year-old Florida college student Alexis Primous made her debut in an 8-page spread in the magazine's September Issue shot by Mario Sorrenti and styled by Edward Enniful. She's since followed that up with turns on the catwalk for Hood by Air, DVF, Derek Lam and 3.1 Phillip Lim.
All photos via Vogue
Take two sets of twins: 19-year-old YouTube stars the Rhodes Bros and Dan and Dean Caten, the identical duo behind Dsquared2. Now dress the former in the latter's fiercest looks and ask both sets all those annoying, irresistible questions about living the twin life. Because that's the luxury of a pair.
What's the best thing about being a twin?
Rhodes Bros: It's kind of like having a built-in best friend. Of course we have our fights, but for the most part we get along really well. And sharing clothes is always a plus.
What's the worst thing about being a twin?
Rhodes: Constantly being compared to one another. As much as we're alike, we also have a lot of differences.
Is there any rivalry between identical and fraternal twins?
Rhodes: Yes, for sure. Fraternal twins are always trying to prove that they're not just friends obsessed with each other, whereas with identical twins people automatically assume they're twins.
Were you dressed alike as kids?
Rhodes: Yes, always, but in opposite colors. Austin in blue and Aaron in red.
Have you ever dated the same guy?
Rhodes: No way. We have complete opposite types.
What's your favorite set of twins from history or pop culture?
Rhodes: Mary-Kate and Ashley. We were obsessed with them growing up and love what they've done with their careers together.
Are there particular challenges to being twins who are gay?
Rhodes: Sometimes people are shocked and ask a lot of questions, but other than that not really. We just both really like boys.
What first drew you to sharing your lives on YouTube?
Rhodes: We wanted to show people back home what we were up to. Also, it just gave us a direction and something to focus on.
Having come out to your dad on YouTube, is anything too personal to put on your channel?
Rhodes: We're definitely still trying to figure that one out.
What are your favorite YouTube channels?
Rhodes: Gigi Gorgeous, Troye Sivan, Jack&Finn and Connor Franta.
What are your favorite and least fashion brands?
Rhodes: We just like to keep it really simple. Topman or AllSaints is always our go-to. And of course Dsquared2!
Which member of One Direction would you make out with?
How do we tell you apart?
Dsquared2: Dean is skinnier and Dan more muscular. Dan has a tattoo on his chest and Dean has nothing like that. Honestly, the differences rely more on the behavioral aspects.
What's the best thing about being an identical twin?
Dsquared2: There's a person who completes you; he understands deeply your limits and strengths; he knows everything about you; there's a special connection that no one can really understand. We also work together and definitely our bond is our benefit. Two people, one mind.
Do you share a psychic connection?
Dsquared2: Yes we do. We are perfectly in tune and we anticipate or perceive the other's thoughts. It is a matter of special feelings we get; it is difficult to explain.
Were you dressed alike as kids?
Dsquared2: We used to wear casual stuff but never jeans. Our father did not want that because he considered jeans to be clothes for poor people. But you know what? We have always wished to wear them.
What's your all-time favorite set of twins?
Dsquared2: Of course Dean and Dan Caten. Do you know them? ;)
Your shows, muses and collections are the stuff of legend. Name a few personal highlights from 20 years of Dsquared2.
Dsquared2: Collaborating right from the beginning with superstars like Naomi Campbell and Madonna are certainly experiences to remember. In the past 20 years we have expanded our brand from mens- to womenswear, bags, accessories, perfumes, children, swimwear. We are proud to have the Dsquared2 philosophy as a complete life brand. Our retail store expansion is also a great personal highlight! We have numerous stores in Asia and have fully launched in the USA and London this year. It's been 20 years of unforgettable working and personal experiences.
How has the luxury market changed since you got into the game?
Dsquared2: High-street fashion and culture has completely fused with high-fashion luxury. Fast fashion is now competing on the forefront with high fashion! The important thing is to invest in key quality items like a great leather jacket, tailored suit or women's handbag that you can mix with street fashion. Real luxury now is also about having a custom-made experience that mixes fashion and lifestyle all in one.
What is your definition of luxury in 2015?
Dsquared2: Luxury is for the few. It is all about being essential and elegant. But it also concerns the proper attitude more than the material stuff you can own. It is not something to show off, but something more natural, innate. It is a refined and careful sense of style.
Dsquared2 draws a lot of influence from street style and pop culture. How does that fit into your idea of luxury?
Dsquared2: Luxury is not such a restricted concept. All of our collections are inspired by the world of art, music and pop culture in general. We also love to travel and we are constantly influenced by the different experiences around us.
How would you describe a Dsquared2 woman?
Dsquared2: The typical Dsquared2 woman is glamorous and sexy, the perfect combination. She dares and she is never predictable. We can say more: shameless but with impeccable style!
What about the ideal Dsquared2 man -- ripped? Rail-thin? Puppy dog-eyed?
Dsquared2: The Dsquared2 man is definitely self-confident and positive. It is not about a particular physique but about having the right confident attitude. Basically, the ideal man is the one who is not afraid to mix and match casual and elegant items and wear them with personality.
Which country has the sexiest men?
Dsquared2: Italy! But you know, beauties are everywhere.
Ice Cube is starring in Humbug, a fresh new take on the classic A Christmas Carol, which has definitely never been filmed before.
If you're looking for a nice mixtape to go along with an art opening (or vice versa), head over to the FLAG Art Foundation (545 West 25th Street) tonight, September 17th, 6 to 8 p.m., for an exhibition of new photographs by Awol Erizku called New Flower | Images of the Reclining Venus. They were shot in African brothels in 2012 and you'll recognize the familiar imagery, incorporated here in unfamiliar settings. The mixtape was produced as a collab with LA-based DJ SOSUPERSAM and can be heard at the show and also above. It includes tracks by The Weeknd, Travi$ Scott, Rae Sremmurd and also Drake's "Hotline Bling." (btw: Check out THIS fantastic, live cover version of "Bling" by Sam Smith and Disclosure.) There's also an interesting group show opening tonight on the foundation's 9th floor called "Surface Tension" that features works by 13 artists including El Anatsui, Mark Bradford, Ryan Sullivan and Rebecca Ward. Give the mixtape a listen, above, and take a look at a few (NSFW) preview images from New Flower, along with the full track listing, below.
All photos come from Awol Erizku, New Flower | Images of the Reclining Venus
We here at PAPER are thrilled to announce our brand-new weekly radio show on Andy Cohen'sSiriusXM network. PAPER Radio, hosted by our hilarious editorial director Mickey Boardman and designer Chrissie Miller, premieres at 9 a.m. tomorrow and, boy, do we have a show for you. Our debut episode will feature interviews with sultry gay twins and YouTube sensations the Rhodes Bros and the one, the only, Kris Jenner. Tune in to Channel 102 to hear us get real with the Kardashian/Jenner matriarch and genius businesswoman (and to flirt shamelessly with the brothers Rhodes). PAPER Radio will also feature regular segments from Chrissie's mother and legendary astrologist Susan Miller, gossip icon Michael Musto and other features from members of the always-crazy PAPER family.
Kim K might have broken the Internet with her unapologetic display of derrière, but Anthea Hamilton's new super-sized sculpture of a man's hindquarters, on view starting this Saturday at SculptureCenter (44-19 Purves St., Long Island City, Queens), is actually breaking walls. From the dabbled details of the life-like flesh to the highly accurate indentations of the large hands gripping cheeks, the 18-foot-tall ass is modeled after a 3D scan of a real man, carved from a large piece of foam and then painted to resemble a big behind breaking through a faux brick wall. Hamilton was inspired by a model that Italian designer Gaetano Pesce made in 1972 as a proposal for an entryway to a Manhattan skyscraper where patrons would pass through a naked mans open legs. Pesce's project, unsurprisingly, never came to fruition, but Hamilton's version brings this experimentation of size, space and obscenity into a new context and a new era.
"Whenever I have conversations with people I might work with, I show them this image," Hamilton says referring to the image of Pesce's original butt door model. "If you can understand this image, we can work together. [The model] was a proposal, but it also represents a proposal for how to react, and how I want the audience to react to the show as a whole."
Theatrical in construction, the sculpture is a perfect backdrop for Instagram selfies that will likely live on longer than the piece itself, but it's also a gateway to the rest of the show, Lichen! Libido! Chastity!, which is the artist's first U.S. solo show and one that draws from '70s pop culture, fashion and cultural appropriation. Printed textiles, unwearable disco-inspired platforms, PVC pipes made to look like giant cigarettes -- the butt is just the beginning.
We got the privilege of visiting the big booty while it was still in production, before it opens to the public this Saturday night. Get a sneak peak of the next butt everyone will be talking about but make sure you get to see the beauty in its full, rightful form in person.
Anthea Hamilton: Lichen! Libido! Chastity! will be on view at SculptureCenter in Long Island City September 20- January 4, 2016.
The Emmys are on Sunday. It might not be as much of a spectacle as the VMAs, and it probably won't be taken as seriously as the Academy Awards, but it's still fun to think about -- with so much TV, it's increasingly harder even to get nominated, and insanely difficult to figure out that perfect mixture of critical acclaim and mainstream acceptability that will get you the win. So it's a lot like magic, or sports, or sports magic, or something. In that spirit, here are the people we're rooting for to win Emmys, based purely on who we would like to see spiking a trophy.
10. Mad Men, Outstanding Drama Series
Last night was the opening of Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch at the Museum of FIT, an exhibit dedicated to the fabulous, glitter-flecked fashion worn by legendary nightlife doyenne, Susanne Bartsch, and her friends. Designs in the show come from Leigh Bowery, John Galliano,The Blonds, Stephen Jones, Jean Paul Gaultier, Pam Hogg, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler (who can forget the egg-shaped wedding dress he designer for her 1995 nuptials to David Barton?!), Rick Owens, Vivienne Westwood, Zaldy and Rachel Auburn. After the opening, Bartsch did what she does best -- throw a killer party -- and this time it was an iteration of her roving bash, Kunst, at the Gramercy Theater. As always, it was a feast for the eyes. Take a look at photos from the opening by Rebecca Smeyne, below.
Producer Naughty Boy helped put on Sam Smith with his track "La La La." His new single, "Runnin' (Lose it All)" might similarly help out one of the up-and-coming artists it features, a young singer named... Beyoncé. The song is out, and boy, is it classic Bey, with a belting hook and assistance from singer-songwriter Arrow Benjamin. If you've been hurting for new Bey, "Runnin' (Lose it All)" has everything you need.
While designers, models and celebrities might get all the attention during fashion week, the real unsung heroes (or, to disgruntled gatecrashers, "villains") are those women and men in black wielding clipboards, iPads and headsets: fashion publicists. It's their job to make sure shows and parties happen without a hitch but, as with anything worth doing, it's not easy. While they may appear unruffled, the behind-the-scenes action taking place backstage or at the office is often more hectic than any of us can imagine. Below, we asked a former publicist at a top firm to anonymously spill the dirt about everything from weird requests from celebrity assistants and guestlists to party crashers and Adderall.
On what goes into putting together seating charts and party guest lists:
If you know your client and the social temperature, you should instinctively be able to pull together a list of people for an event: a few VIPs (but never actors, they expect the fucking world), a gaggle of who's relevant and hot right now, some models, and a few unexpected wildcards to keep it interesting. I've seen people spend days on them, rummaging through RSVP inboxes, printing these 30 page lists. Like what is that, a manuscript? No one is even going to look at that at the door.
On getting weird requests to attend parties or fashion shows:
The weirdest invite request I've received was from Paris Hilton's assistant. She was writing from a Gmail account and wanted to know if Paris could come to a dinner for this niche fashion magazine. I didn't know whether to believe it or not, it was just so bizarre. Paris ended up coming and was a big hit. Everyone loved her, it was all over Instagram.
I was also once offered box seats from a high-profile athlete to get his wife and her friends into a party. I think it's the only time my dad was impressed by my job in PR.
On party crashers:
I was working the door at an Art Basel party in Miami, and a girl gave me my own name to get in. It was almost laughable. I turned her away, but saw her later that night in the bathroom. She had climbed through a tiny window, and cut up her legs just trying to get into the party. It wasn't even a super exclusive event! At that point, I just let it slide.
On unusual celebrity demands:
A famous rapper once requested a very specific brand of freeze pops before performing. Like the ones you used to get as a kid that come in a strip, that you had to cut the tops off of. Do they even still make those? I bought the Flintstones brand and hoped for the best.
On how fashion publicists REALLY get through fashion week:
Ironically, it's the week where publicists are the least healthy. All year everyone obsesses over their weight and GOOP's marrow broths, but it's no holds bar during Fashion Week. That's when you'll see the most judgmental people facing cheeseburgers at their desk, crying over a spreadsheet.
To stay awake, Adderall is popular. And Red Bull, because those promotion girls are giving it out literally everywhere. But have you ever had to deal with an over-caffieinated publicist? Terrifying! That and the cellulite rumors are enough to keep me away [from Red Bull]. You sleep when you can / where you can, and try to power through without offending anyone. People love to complain about how crazy the week is, but let's be real: working in a factory is stressful. Performing neurosurgery is stressful. Fashion Week is not that bad.