I can’t count how many times I’ve prepared myself for a perfectly normal day here in Mexico, and then ended up at a clown parade or hanging out on a street corner with a bunch of grown men and women wearing cat costumes. Whether its because of the culture or the language barrier, I often miss out on certain key details.
So last night I wasn’t surprised when it happened again. I had decided to give Mexico City Fashion Week a try and I actually got excited to see my first real runway show for a designer called Sweat Pea. I got all hunkered down in the media pit with the rest of the photogs. The lights went down, the music started and out walked the first model. She must have been about five months pregnant and wearing stilettos. What the whaaaaa? Sweat Pea is a maternity line, duuuh!
The real fun started after the five or six more real knocked up models took their turns and the “real” 90 pound models took to the runway with strap-on baby bumps. One girl was trotting so hard that her new stomach was swinging back and forth and looked like it would come loose and fly into the audience. Alas, the fashionistas in folding chairs were spared injury, and the rest of the night was pretty uneventful except for a couple of nip slips by the Brazilian models in the ChabE show. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any shots of that, but I’m going to venture a guess that there are about 100 photogs who’d be willing to negotiate a price.