If it wasn't enough that I went to Vivienne's fashion show in the tents, being on the list for her after-party was a dream. I never write long stories on Coquette but this was such a funny story in itself I thought I must. Through all this, I got a chance to meet Vivienne Tam herself and I told her what an inspiration she was to this Chinese girl from SF!
My friend Leigh and I promptly hailed a cab right after the show at the tents to go to Vivienne Tam boutique in Soho where the after-party was held. After standing and walking in heels for most of the evening, not to mention the last 3 days in NY, we were not happy to be greeted with a standing line that was formed around the store. Thankfully, we weren't that far behind. As we waited we watched inside the store as they were still setting up for the party. Both Leigh and I were eyeing the three leather stools inside. THE ONLY SEATS IN THE STORE. Our plan was simple. Leigh was to get inside and grab a leather stool, one of three that we saw sit prominently in the center of the store. My task was to get the champagne.
By this time, the stools were all occupied by myself and Leigh, and two other gals. We were soon joined by Vivienne's longtime friend Shelly Bromfield (who used to work for DKNY). Here she is with her blinged out iPhone.
There comes a point in one's life where the pain of fashion (aka our feet), takes over the idea of actually standing and partying. Yes, there were fabulous people around, supermodels, designers, the Asian A list, they were all eyeing our seats. I had two glam ladies clad in their Christian Louboutons smile at me. Shelly looked at them, bent over and touched my hand and said, "Never give up the seat!" The other 2 gals who occupied the other stool was Danielle Yuen and Hannah Park, pictured above. We all knew we had something special going on at the party.
We turned out to be in the center of everything. We were there for Vivienne's grand entrance. Thanks to Shelly who was greeted so warmly by Vivienne, I was able to talk to her and snap a photo. We watched the PR gals dress up the naked mannequins into the Spring outfits. We saw the new HP clutch dash across the room before our eyes. People even started to dance in front of us. Now, we did make our turns around the room, only we did it while the other was saving that precious seat. You could see the pain in each woman's eye as the night went on. They knew those seats were like gold and as the store got more and more crowded, we definitely weren't giving them up!
The PR team were starting to dress up the mannequins into the outfits from the spring collection. We had a front row seat watching Vivienne float by and see that her outfit wasn't properly put together. With HP clutch in one hand, she takes control to have the outfit shine.
Later in the evening, the DJ was on fire so everyone started dancing, including Vivienne herself. It was so fun!
Here's Leigh at the end of the night, still resting on one of those leather stools.
You can see more shots from the evening in my Flickr slideshow.
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