A Night At The Kids’ Table-------
It’s an odd thing when nearly half a party’s honorees are not technically allowed to take part in the open bar that’s toasting them. But such was the case at the Ford Models cocktail party at the Rose Bar last night. At the evening’s outset, that younger set milled about in one corner of the room, talking among themselves. About? “We’re just like, laughing, and like, giggling about everything, really,” said Amelia Brown, 17, sporting a pouf of frizzy red hair and a sequined Alice + Olivia dress.
The giggling might be about the newfound attention—Brown has only been with Ford a month. (Veterans, like Ford’s Lakshmi Menon, pictured, took it more in stride: “This year is a little easy for me. I’m being selective, and not doing everything that comes my way. It’s a good pace.”) But while doting throngs surrounded the females, the male models shot pool in the back, unattended. “Honestly, for me, it’s a job,” said Luke Gulbranson, a Norse-looking Minnesotan said of the work. The glamour seemed to hold less sway over the guys, and, Gulbranson admitted, his runway life meets with a complicated reception in the North Star State. “I sometimes lie,” he shrugged, when asked what he tells people back home. “I say I do marketing.”