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April 20 2014

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At Givenchy, Client Versus Cool Girl

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One usually thinks of the couture as a genteel scene, but last night at Givenchy’s darkly romantic show, there was a bit of culture clash between the ladies who lunch and the fashion crowd. As cameras jostled for shots of front-row girls Lou Doillon, Joana Preiss, and Liz Goldwyn, the serious (read: buying) clientele sat serenely a few feet down. Perhaps they were catching their breath after trying to get in. The entry to the venue had all the classic trappings of fashion bedlam: massive barricades, a surging crowd trying to navigate a tiny entryway, and lots of pushing and shoving. One distraught lady of a certain age was overheard remarking to her friend, “After all the money we spend, this is how they treat us?” No matter how high your bank balance, ladies, that’s the price you pay to attend a must-see show that has the press and the cool kids in a frenzy. And after seeing the procession of gorgeous gowns on display, we would have endured much more for the chance to witness Riccardo Tisci’s testament to the future of couture.

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