The Dead Zone

The Drudgery and Dreams of Fashion Week

It seems almost beside the point that no one will actually buy most of these creations—that, for the most part, they aren't even for sale. But then of course the whole idea is that you should visit the Goodwill like Subkoff did and treat fashion as a funny art project.

Fringe designers, if they're any good, argue mightily for the ascendance of fantasy over common sense—for vanquishing the tyrannical notion that you must keep on acquiring dull clothes exactly like the dull ones you already have. After endless days of dreary, monotonous runway shows, the glee and glorious abandon with which people like Subkoff and her compatriots in standing room put their nutty looks together made you want to jump up and hug a sock puppet.

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