Last night, at the behest of Teen Vogue‘s amazing and talented (seriously I could go on and on) beauty editor and special projects director Eva Chen, I moderated a panel about the future of the fashion and beauty industry. It was a pretty impressive group that Eva managed to wrangle as part of an alumni event for John’s Hopkins (where she pre-med…and then pre-law): I sat with Eva, Clark’s Botanicals’ Francesco Clark, Proenza Schouler CEO Shirley Cook and Joseph Altuzarra. Only Altuzarra almost didn’t make it.
Last night’s event was held at the Union League Club of New York. For those of you who don’t know, the Union League is a very fancy old (like Civil War old) exclusive WASPy social club. Think: lots of dark wood paneling and a very formal dress code. A dress code that clearly states that “Denim, sneakers, athletic apparel of any description, or immodest attire are never permitted.” Only we had no idea. And, so, the impeccably dressed and seriously dashing Joseph Altuzarra stood locked in dispute with the Union League’s doorman, forbidden from going inside. He was wearing a Comme des Garcons Play striped tee, some slim fitting pants and white Converse and the doorman would not budge on that no sneaker policy, “I’m sorry I can’t let you in,” he said. Someone helping organize the event even came down to call her boyfriend to bring dress shoes. Thankfully, Altuzarra did not have to ruin his perfect outfit with borrowed dress shoes. The doorman acquiesced and Altuzarra was finally allowed to join the panel to share his fashion industry wisdom. Phew.