The Rachel Comey fashion-show-dinner-hybrid is the first on the docket of nighttime activities during New York Fashion Week, and it is always pretty much the same. It’s always held at Dustin Yellin’s Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. It’s always a dinner punctuated by three showings of the collection, between courses. And it’s always the same crowd.
Intermingling amongst the plebeians — a mix of Bushwick hipster clients and fashion editors who’d just mounted steep Uber bills — on Wednesday night were the usual Comey celeb loyalists: Natasha Lyonne, Parker Posey et al.
And then Monica Lewinsky walked in.
Lewinsky, in a leather bomber, her hair half-up, half-down, waded through the crowd, making her way to the bar, posse in tow.
After a decadelong, self-imposed exile from public life, it seems Lewinsky is making a play for a re-emergence and, perhaps, reinvention. She trickled back into the spotlight last summer, first attending a handful of public events, then putting out her first-person essay for Vanity Fair where she declared it was “time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.” Perhaps this was the first of many fashion show appearances for Lewinsky, a deliberate move to get in with the fashion crowd. Not so.
“No, no,” she said, shaking her head when asked if she’d be attending more fashion week events. “Can I actually…” she said, flustered. “You know what? I hadn’t quite thought about the fact that there might be media here so…I’m not sure if I’m going to say anything.”
Lewinsky’s scheduled to give a TED Talk on March 19. Her title is listed as “social activist” on the TED Web site.