Insider's peek

September 25, 2000|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Ever wondered what it's like sitting in the front row at Fashion Week? Well, let's just say the primo seats at fashion shows sometimes reveal a little more than you'd care to know.

At Douglas Hannant, a model in a red wrap dress encountered a slight draft just as she sashayed past my seat. It made for an interesting discovery - some models don't wear underwear.

Another thing you find out from getting a closer look is that models have really ugly feet.

As they walk past in impossibly uncomfortable open-toed high-heeled shoes, their toes are all bent and stressed, perhaps from trying not to lose a shoe, trip or fall.

At the David Rodriguez show, a machine generated soapy bubbles that added an air of whimsy to the room but created slick conditions on the runway, leaving some models to wobble a little precariously.

When a particularly chirpy looking model teetered at the start of the runway and then nonchalantly stepped out of her shoes without skipping a beat, the audience was impressed.

Wearing a slight smile, she confidently walked barefoot down the stretch and back, defiantly kicking her shoes to the side of the runway when she came upon them again.

We couldn't help but clap and cheer.

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