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Lower East Side: Orchard Street NYC Fashion Week Runway Show

 

les-fashion-headerLOWER EAST SIDE, NYC – Monday, September 9, 2013

Last night was Manhattan’s Lower East Side gallery kick off for the fall art season with more than 40 galleries having simultaneous openings between 4 and 8pm.  Considering NY’s fashion week is also in full swing it only made sense for the Lower East Side designers to get in on the already vibrant gallery going crowd and set up a catwalk right in the middle of Orchard Street on the corner of Broome scheduled for 6:30.

A frenzy ensued.  Having tried to squeeze every pre-fashion show minute into gallery going I arrived to an already packed house.  Every available stoop, tree root, and curb were occupied by onlookers so my only option was to raise my camera, flip out the screen and hope for the best.

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The tripod for this poster was not anchored down, I saw it hit the pavement a few times when good wind gusts hit it- a few times while people were reading it.

Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 2.21.43 PMMy first vantage point was crap, as far as taking pictures of the “fashion” which I guess would be the point.  Evidence above, is that a dress or a black bathing suit?

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Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 2.25.02 PMI also had to contest with the blocking power of giant screened phones and iPads.

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When I looked to my left a part of a bench surrounding a tree had been vacated.  I shuffled over and hopped up on the bench.  It was a bit further away, but a better angle, and I could actually put the camera to my eye rather than skyward craning it.

Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 2.25.24 PMThe step-and-repeat was pretty low to the stage, and seemed almost thrown in as an afterthought.