Welp. Someone’s PR is getting fired.
On Tuesday, in the midst of New York Fashion Week: Men’s, the minor precursor of the official NYFW womenswear shows, Fern Mallis (whom we should all recognize as an industry legend) posted a bemused Instagram of her seating assignment at a runway show. Beneath the barcode was the most offensive word one could ever see at Fashion Week: standing.
While it’s unlikely the brand itself was behind the seating snafu (Mallis hasn’t publicly shared the designer, but Page Six claims it was menswear label Nihl), the gaffe was certainly a big one, made by someone who is, perhaps, too young to realize that Fern Mallis is a forever FROW-er. We mean, she literally invented Fashion Week in the ’90s, back when she was the creative director of the CFDA.