A fracas over seating at the Zac Posen show on Sunday night ended with an editor from the French magazine Jalouse slapping a public relations executive in the face. Fashion week, man.
Half an hour before the show's scheduled start time, fire marshals forced the show organizers to remove 60 seats — which apparently caused a total seating meltdown, with invited guests arriving to find their seats no longer existed. And without a seat assignment to sit in and judge others by, how would anyone in fashion know that their relative power and importance had been noticed and validated? Marie José Susskind-Jalou, the publisher of the influential French fashion magazines Jalouse and L'Officiel, was one of the people who had lost her seat, and apparently was not re-seated. The long wait and some "humiliating" treatment from Posen's P.R.'s angered Susskind-Jalou and her team, including daughters Jennifer Eymere and Vanessa Bellugeon of Jalouse and L'Officiel, respectively. During a contretemps with Lynn Tesoro, the head of P.R. for the show, someone slapped Tesoro.