Everyone fantasizes about the rock star lifestyle — the glamour, the fans, the bold-faced-name status. Oh yeah, and taking a helicopter when mere mortals take a cab. WWD asked designers to tell us their brushes with rock ’n’ roll-esque fame.
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Baby Phat’s Kimora Lee Simmons: “There are a lot of people running around with cat tattoos [her company logo]. I’ve had women come up to me and my husband and show us their butts — and they’re saying, ‘No, we’re not mooning you, we just want to show you what the brand means to us.’”
Badgley Mischka: “A question was asked on ‘Jeopardy’ for which ‘Mark Badgley’ was the correct answer. The contestant didn’t get it right,” says designer James Mischka. Otherwise, “since Mark and I are always running late to catch a plane, we always find it necessary to take helicopters to JFK [Airport].”
Kenneth Cole: “After a long flight home from Milan, I awoke as we were landing and realized my shoes had been moved. As I was disembarking, a steward approached me and said, ‘I have always worn Kenneth Cole shoes, but today was the first time I actually wore Kenneth Cole’s shoes.’”
Narciso Rodriguez: “I was in the elevator at Kim’s Video and this kid came up to me and asked, ‘Are you Narciso Rodriguez?’ Then he nearly fainted.”
Project Alabama’s Natalie Chanin: “I was on the cover of a local newspaper’s magazine. When I was getting gas, the guys at the station asked me to autograph it. And people always stop me at the Winn-Dixie in Florence. I’ll be hanging with Clint Black soon.”
Tuleh’s Bryan Bradley: “He only goes by helicopter or seaplane to the Hamptons,” as told by muse and business partner Amanda Brooks.
Vera Wang: “Jay-Z used my name in his song ‘Change Clothes.’ That’s my rock star moment, literally.”