Some of the many famous faces populating fashion shows’ front rows aren’t there because they love floral prints, pencil skirts, or glittery shoes. (Though no doubt most do appreciate glittery shoes.) Aren’t you just so surprised? In an “outspoken condemnation of the practice,” British designer Nicole Farhi confirms to the Telegraph that many PR firms now pay celebrities to attend their clients’ shows because of the press coverage they’ll bring. “It is so unprofessional. I have never paid a celebrity and I will never do it. It’s stupid … [other designers] will hate me for [saying so]. I don’t give a —- because I think it is abominable.”
A general view of atmosphere at the Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 13, 2011 in New York City.