KARACHI: Okay people, let’s all just admit we do a little happy dance as soon as we receive our fashion week invites. Even those of us who aren’t as fashion-obsessed as the rest love the glitz, glam and gorgeousness of a fashion show and that’s all well and good.
But how many of you know there’s a set of unspoken rules all fashion-week attendees supposed to follow to ensure a smooth run? Judging from my personal experience, not many.
Some, of course, learn the protocol by observation, others don’t at all. That’s where I come in. So, let’s get done with the happy dance and talk some necessary etiquettes.
1. Be on time
I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand people who don’t value time – others’ and their own as well. It’s fine to be ‘fashionably late’ (excuse the pun) but arriving an hour is never okay – emphasis on the word NEVER. All you have to do is plan your day ahead and keep a check on the clock. It not only sounds simple, it is simple and makes life easier for many, many people.
2. Sit where you are seated
Why would one possibly want to sit on their assigned seat? It’s crazy of one to expect that, right? Wrong! You may not believe it, but seating arrangements are drafted for a reason. So, please do everyone else a favour and don’t take someone else’s seat as it messes with the planning and timing, causing unnecessary distractions and delays. Not to mention, if you qualified for the front row, you’d probably already know…
Designer Deepak Perwani told me that one time, he had to publicly call out the person who refused to get up from his reserved seat. I think he totally did the right thing.
3. Poker face
While the above-mentioned rules are somewhat common sense, I feel like this next one in particular is not known by many. I know you are at the event to check out the clothes and yes, you may not be able to contain your excitement… but you must. Don’t give yourself away and show exactly how you feel about the collections, especially if you dislike them. You’re no fashion guru so don’t just sit there and ridicule a designer’s work for no reason, thanks!
4. Round of applause
It’s one thing keeping a straight face, it’s another not appreciating the designer’s work. I know cellphones have taken over the world but I’m sure you can put them down for a sec to acknowledge the designer’s collection, one they’ve spent months to create. Give them the round of applause they deserve.
Oh and also, while we’re discussing phones, you can also let other attendees take pictures by pulling yourself back for a bit. No one wants to see a picture with a giant nose or arm in the center.
5. Be respectful
Focus on the fashion and enjoying the show. This is not the time to sit by your ‘besties’ and chat over relationship problems. And while you may be at the event just for the fun of it, others are actually there to contribute and their view is quite sacred, so don’t block it. Wear the least obstructive clothing you have, again… hold cellphones close and do not stand during the show.
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