Lindsey Green is an Olympic and sports obsessive and is writing this bio in the third person. She covered the 2012 London Olympics for New York Magazine and Deadspin. As the reality of having to wait another four years for a summer games set in, Lindsey, a Tech and Fashion Publicist, went through some serious competition withdrawal. So cleverly, her friends at Fashionista told her she'd be judging the greatest sporting event of all time--Fashion Week. Whatever, I'll take it.
It's Sunday in September. I've just opened a beer and sat down with a giant pile of buffalo wings, which can only mean one thing…It must be Fashion Week. Yup, Fashionista convinced a sports writer in deep Olympics withdraw to take Fashion Week to the next level in celebration of competition, achievement and obviously--judgment. We've developed a sophisticated scoring system and will be handing down scores to some of the top shows at NYFW based on atmosphere, difficulty and execution. Fashion is no business for second place…and there can only be one winner.
Diane Von Furstenberg (Live-stream)
First things first: This NYFW live-stream program is crazy superior to the janky nightmare we all endured from NBC's Olympic live-stream. Take note NBC.
DVF is clearly one of the New York fashion week favorites. She's a veteran. She's been here before and she knows how to deliver under the pressure of a packed house. Diane is planning to take some technical risks today. She's not playing it safe and this team is clearly putting it all on the line to walk away as the Fashion Week champion.
The venue is the theatre and the seating options allow for lots of solid view points (an important factor for that atmosphere score). There’s hanging glass lips…these things are chic. I like it. On the flip side, they could be ripe for execution deductions if any models run into them. The major difficulty aspect of this show will be the U-Shaped turn at the end of the runway. Models will need to make their turns at precisely the right moment to avoid an awkward pause or even a fall, which would result in an automatic half a point off the score. Diane clearly isn't afraid to challenge her girls, but there's no room for error with a title on the line. She's leaving it all on the runway today and it's going to be exciting to see what happens.
The front row is stellar: Sarah Jessica Parker! Valentino! Oscar! But Bravo Andy will be a .2 tenth deduction for having a reality star front row. Sergey Brin is also here wearing Google Glasses--the same we’ll see on some of the models--which could be confusing and may hurt the execution score, but will certainly help with difficulty. Sometimes when you take a risk it pays off big, but other times it can leave the audience with more questions than answers. We’ll have to wait and see.
The pumped and excited crowd has been asked to "Please take their seats" three times--clearly looking to avoid the .2 tenth deduction for being over 30 minutes late. The show does in fact avoid the deduction and is underway at 4:26. The music starts and it’s the kind of runway music you envision when you first ask yourself "What would it be like to be at NY Fashion Week?" Well, there's a lot of dreams coming true for first time show goers here today and I like the straight forward approach--the crowd likes it too. The energy in the room is feeding the models as they come out at near perfect speed. The first few turns are smooth, sharp and well timed. This could be tough to beat, but there's still along way to go until the finale.
A few looks in, it's clear the Google Glasses are slightly distracting from the clothing and unfortunately it's going to be a .1 off under the "Strange Headpieces" category. Not a disaster, but in this game you need every point you can get.
Halfway through we've seen some questionable turns and one that appeared to be a save of a possible stumble. All of the models recovered quickly and moved right along without major incident. Still, there will be some valuable tenths lost there.
Shows can be deducted between one and four tenths for lack of model diversity. DVF does pretty well, but there's still room for improvement and ultimately it'll be another tenth off the final score. Expect this to be a hotly debated scoring point for many shows, but one that all the designers should pay close attention to. Showing good range could be the difference between first and second place.
We're nearing the end and some models smile as they walk and other don’t. The name of the game is consistency and rhythm. It's these tiny elements that add up and chip away at that 10.0. It will come down to who can be as perfect as possible.
The finale is coming up and you've just gotta wonder what's going on in the heads of these models and those backstage getting them ready for this all important moment. The margin of error is paper-thin here. Paper-thin. The finale is the last thing the judges see so they've got to make it as smooth and powerful as possible. And smooth and powerful it is!! Wow, that was spot on. Perfectly timed. No long wait before the models came out again. Just perfect! Certainly no deductions there. Over all a very strong ending for a very strong show. Diane has got to be happy with that. Let's get to the scores:
Atmosphere (0-5)- 4.0 Difficulty (0-5)- 3.5 Execution (out of 10.0) - 8.85 Total Score - 16.35 out of 20