The spring/summer 2013 shows are over and we have seen plenty of star-studded front rows. Jennifer Lopez sat front row at Chanel with her boyfriend (and four-year-old child), Sharon Stone sat front row at Just Cavalli with her boyfriend and so did Liz Hurley at Roberto Cavalli. Discussing front rows, my friend Yves brought up the question: What is a "fashion relevant" celebrity? How do you determine if a celeb is relevant or not? I find his question so important that it needs to be answered in detail.
A “fashion relevant” celebrity is one, that is considered a style icon by the general public, not just by their fans. Think Daphne Guinness, Gwen Stefani or Lady Gaga. No matter what we think of their work or whether we like their style, or not, we all agree, that they are style icons.
Sitting front row should be a privilege of people who worked hard on their careers and “fashion relevance”. This precious space shouldn`t be wasted to the people they currently sleep with. If it is a serious, long-term relation-ship and the partner has supported their career over years, ok, maybe. But bringing their 25-years-younger “trophys / toys” is just embarrassing!
The funny thing about that is, that some celebs are allowed to bring their bedmates while others are not. JLO brought Casper and tried to paint a “happy, pretty family” picture, while Kanye West obviously had to leave his sextape-girlfriend at home. THANK KARL for that! I will publicly burn my Chanel bag if Kim K ever gets to sit in their front row!
So, who should sit front row?
- Fashion Editors-in-Chief – they are the real taste-makers and fashion-influencers. Their opinion matters (yes, popstarts read Vogue too!).
- The CEOs & owners of the brand
- Fashion-relevant celebrities; singers, actresses & artists, who are considered style icons, as well as It girls, (stylish) models & royals.
Concerning the so-called It girls, sure, the “talent” or “importance to the world” of women like Kate Bosworth, Olivia Palermo or Alexa Chung may be arguable, but come on, we all love to look at their flawless beauty and style. They love fashion, appear in high fashion editorials and advertise brands. They behave decent, they work (well, somehow) and give us, regular women, the illusion that “if only we worked a little harder, we could be there, too”, so let them be there.
Ideally, front row seats should be allocated like this:
People I don`t want to see front row are:
- Nouveaux riches. There is nothing wrong with getting rich fast, marrying rich or being a millionare`s child but it shouldn`t be shown off to the level of obscenity. They have the biggest budget for “fashion crimes”, so many of them are deterrent examples of the old “Money can buy fashion, but it can`t buy style.” wisdom.
- Tabloid D-listers & others who are rather notorious than “famous”
- As elaborated above, celebrity “trophy/toy”-boy-/girlfriends
What`s your take on it? Who sits in your ideal front row and who does not?