The Craziest Things the People Who Distribute 'Daily Front Row' Have Seen at Fashion Week

Yes, there were naked people.
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Yes, there were naked people.
Bedazzled helmets, seen everywhere at NYFW. Photo: Georgie Wileman/Getty Images

Bedazzled helmets, seen everywhere at NYFW. Photo: Georgie Wileman/Getty Images

At the many venues that make up the vast network that is New York Fashion Week, there are a few ubiquitous things you'll see: huge security guards who are not buying your BS about "forgetting" your invite to the show, beleaguered publicists trying to keep everyone happy and the congenial men and women handing out the Daily to show-goers on the sidewalks.

The Daily Front Row is the unofficial paper of record during NYFW, featuring interviews and gossipy bits about everyone and everything in the industry. As I was walking past a pair of distributors the other day, I overheard this conversation as they watched photographers fall all over themselves to take pictures of a young man dressed in a red suit covered with the "100" emoji:

"Who the hell is that? Someone famous?" —Daily distributor #1.

"No, they're never famous. They just dress insane and the photographers love it." —Daily distributor #2.

It occurred to me that these young folks have a pretty unique vantage point of what's happening outside the shows. So I decided to chat with them about it. 

Tamara, 25. Day job: marketing and day trading, works from home.

Why did you take this job?

"I'm not from New York, so I figured this is a good opportunity for me to get out and explore the city and meet some people."

Are you interested in fashion?

I'm a woman so of course I like jewelry, perfume, clothes and all that stuff... but I'm not a model or anything like that. [laughs] I don't seek out new fashion, but I like it.

What's the craziest thing you've seen?

Oh my gosh, the dressing. I've seen people wear so many crazy things here — exposed boobs and pubes and everything. I've seen a lot within the past two days. It's been shocking, actually.

Adriana, 39. Day job: house manager.

Are you interested in fashion?

I'm too old for that I think! It's too late to start. Maybe my daughter, who's 18.

What's the weirdest thing you've seen out here so far?

The clothing. Yesterday I saw a golden outfit. It didn't look very comfortable at all. It was stiff and she was walking like this [does a C-3PO imitation]. I'm not being judgmental and it looked nice, but I don't think they could sit down in that.

Mike, 44, and Nico, 17, a father/son duo visiting New York City from Italy for a few months.

Italian father/son duo, Nico and Mike. Photo: Cheryl Wischhover's iPhone/Fashionista

Italian father/son duo, Nico and Mike. Photo: Cheryl Wischhover's iPhone/Fashionista

Are you interested fashion?

Mike: No, I'm an old man.

You are NOT an old man, believe me. And fashion is for all ages!

Nico: We love to watch the people and see the famous people so we're doing it for fun. I saw Jason Derulo.

Here? 

Nico: No, in Times Square.

What is the craziest outfit you've seen?

Nico: Those large jeans from the '60s. I don't like them.

Mike: Men with skirts.

Are there a lot of men in skirts? 

Nico: Not a lot, but when you see them you say, Wow, that actually happens. But everyone is always smiling. It's a good feeling.

Monique and Alana, students in fashion merchandising and management.

Flared pants, divisive and controversial. Photo: KDV/Fashionista

Flared pants, divisive and controversial. Photo: KDV/Fashionista

What's the craziest thing you've seen?

Monique: The naked people. The lack of clothes. They were walking around in front of the post office naked. [Ed. note: I could not find photographic evidence, but People Style Watch's Elana Fishman tweeted about it.]

Alana: Head to toe glam, sparkles on a helmet and all the way down.

Someone wore a helmet?

Alana: It was kind of robotic and futuristic. It was completely bedazzled. We've seen so much that it's breathtaking — it just seems normal now. We did see Victoria Justice and some of the Housewives. It wasn't the whole crew. It was the Herve [Leger] show. I'm learning the trends because the street style [people] are more ahead of the game: suede, prints, fringe.

The helmets in question. Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images

The helmets in question. Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images

People are wearing suede in this sticky heat?

Monique: Yeah, and leather jackets, too.

Any fur?

Alana: No, but someone had a no-fur protest out here. Oh, and I see a lot of flared pants.

Robert, 22, fashion fan/student in graphic design.

A cheery Anna Wintour heading into the Givenchy show. Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images

A cheery Anna Wintour heading into the Givenchy show. Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images

Are you interested fashion?

Fashion is a big dream of mine. I want to design. I also went to modeling school and I attended the Givenchy show recently. I got a free ticket. It was amazing. Not only did they show the new collection, but they celebrated love and [honored] 9/11. I thought it was completely amazing.

Did you see any of the celebs?

Yeah, Nicki Minaj, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West. There was security there, but it wasn't that crazy. They allowed us to take a picture and things like that.

How many seasons have you been handing out the Daily?

This is my third season. I don't think it's just a job. You can get good experience here. We get to meet people and you never know who you'll run into.

Any good networking lately?

Recently I ran into Rihanna's stylist, Mel [Ottenberg]. I talked to him and I asked him about Rihanna, Fashion Week and what made him be a stylist. He gave me a few pointers. This season I saw Common and Ciara. And Karlie Kloss was here. Oh, I met Anna Wintour at the Givenchy show!

You did? How?

I said, "Hi" and I asked her if I could get a picture. She was so quick and rushing, but she said I could get a picture as soon as [she] comes back. I took it on my digital camera — I need to upload it onto my phone. She was really nice. Everyone thought she was going to be mean but she was actually very nice.

What's the craziest outfit you've seen outside the shows?

Yesterday there was a guy dressed in chains — [it was] see-through and his hair was spiky, just straight up. He stood out so much. Too much. Oh, and yesterday the naked people. They weren't painted. It was men and women. They weren't even protesting anything, they were just running around.