Seats & Success at Ann Demeulemeester

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We might not understand the politics of show seating from city to city, but we do understand the basics. Press is grouped on one end and buyers on the other. Each divided by country and then prominence - American Vogue on one front row bench, French on the other etc. We're normally grouped in press (obviously) but were seated behind Neiman Marcus' Ken Downing and across from Berdgorf's Linda Fargo and Roopal Patel at Ann Demeulemeester's show which lent a different perspective. Whether it's the nature of buying these days or the usual - they pay incredibly strict attention. Editors take notes, but the buyers write novels, smile, nod and show enthusiasm - at least for Ann's Fall 09 collection. The Belgian designer sent out an all black and white collection. Sometimes sheer, often draped and brilliantly corseted with rows and rows of leather belts, her dresses oozed cool. Chunky knits, textured black vests and stiff shouldered coats were topped off with beautiful feathered headdresses. Squeezing through the door on the way out we heard the words, "brilliant," "genius," "the best so far," and "I want to get married in that." Ditto.