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A Recap of New York Fashion Week Spring 2018

After a week of some of the biggest brands, designers, and celebrities all showing out for New York Fashion Week Spring 2018, it's now time to take a look back at some highlights. During a time when many people are questioning the importance of New York Fashion Week in comparison to its European counterparts, designers delivered some signature moments to lighten the discrediting of the festivities, even if only briefly. Brands like Helmut Lang, Opening Ceremony, Kith, Fenty Puma by Rihanna, and Alexander Wang all brought their own signature aesthetic to their respective shows. Here is a recap of some of the most entertaining shows from New York Fashion Week.

Some of the biggest celebrity cameos of the week came at Ronnie Fieg's Kith Sport show. The designer's second fashion show took place on Thursday night at the Classic Car Club Manhattan, where he showed off upcoming collections with brands like Moncler, Adidas Soccer, Champion, Iceberg, and Nike. Virgil Abloh, Scott Disick, and Carmelo Anthony were among the crowd, but two of the most memorable guests appeared on the runway. First, NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen walked down the catwalk sporting pieces from Fieg's upcoming Nike collaboration. If that wasn't enough, Fieg decided to close out the show by putting a spotlight (literally) onto arguably the best basketball player in the world, LeBron James, who lip-synched the lyrics to Kanye West and Jay Z's “H.A.M.” 

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Kith's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show. (Image via Getty/Randy Brooke/WireImage)

This past Saturday night, Alexander Wang took to Brooklyn to celebrate #WangFest. The mobile show included the likes of Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner stepping out of an Alexander Wang tour bus before strutting down the Brooklyn streets. Their looks, complete with party style hats that read “WangFest,” further alluded to the show's party atmosphere. Notable attendants included Kim Kardashian West and Kris Jenner, amongst others. Of course, the after party that Wang has become known for did not disappoint either. Cardi B and Ja Rule hit the stage to perform, and Dunkin Donuts, Dominos, and Budweiser took care of the food and drinks for the affair. 

Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Show
Alexander Wang's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show. (Image via Getty/Gotham/GC Images)

Sunday night brought about even more festivities with Rihanna showing off her motocross and surf-inspired Spring 2018 Fenty line at the Park Avenue Armory. This was Rihanna's return to New York after her last two collections were debuted in Paris. Staying true to the theme, dirt bike riders tricked off of ramps over pink sand mountains to start the show. RiRi also took her bow on the back of a motorbike. The show boasted a star-studded front row that included Cardi B, Offset, Big Sean, and Jhené Aiko, to name a few.

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Fenty Puma by Rihanna's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show. (Image via Getty/Randy Brooke/WireImage)

Opening Ceremony decided to show off its Spring 2018 collection a little differently as well. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim debuted their collection using a dance performance titled “Changers,” which was written and directed by Spike Jonze. The collection itself featured plays on the collegiate wardrobe like varsity jackets, club T-shirts, sweatpants, and flannel shirts.

On Monday, Shane Oliver debuted his first collection for Helmut Lang at Pearl River Mart. The collection heavily referenced Lang's archive with a lot of pieces featuring fetish design, and leather accents as an added twist from Oliver. The former Hood By Air designer also included memorable head-turners—like an oversized bra that converts into a bag—in his collection. The ready-to-wear featured a line of Helmut Lang tour merch that featured red and white “HELMUT” branding throughout. ASAP Ferg, Ian Connor, Lil Yachty, Jerry Lorenzo, and more were among those who sat front row. 

Helmut Lang Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Show
Helmut Lang's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show. (Image via Getty/Catwalking)

 

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New Report Exposes Alleged Concert Ticket Scheme Orchestrated by Fyre Festival Organizer

When reports started coming out about the doomed Fyre Festival, which was originally billed as a “luxury” music festival and advertised by the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid and which promised performances from Pusha T, Desiigner, Lil Yachty, Blink-182, and more, it became clear the whole thing had sounded too good to be true.

Billy McFarland, one of the masterminds behind the catastrophic festival and the owner of Fyre Media, has been hit with several lawsuits, arrested and charged with fraud, and been forced to place Fyre Festival LLC under involuntary bankruptcy. But Fyre Media is not the only company McFarland owned. He is also the CEO of Magnises, a company he founded prior to Fyre Media, that functioned as a members-only concierge service. However, documents acquired by VICE News suggest McFarland has been mismanaging that company’s finances, too, by running what appeared to be a complicated concert ticket scheme.

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One of the benefits that Magnises offered its members was discounted concert and event tickets. But credit card records suggest that McFarland was buying the tickets from third-party distributors like Ticketmaster, StubHub, and Vivid Seats and then selling them to Magnises members at a significant loss.

Moreover, McFarland used a Fyre Media corporate credit card to pay for many of the Magnises tickets, effectively ensuring that both companies suffered similar financial woes even though they were entirely different entities. McFarland allegedly charged his Fyre Media American Express credit card for more than $1 million worth of tickets in just four months.

The records also show that other Fyre Media company credit cards were issued to at least nine employees including co-founder Ja Rule and Grant Margolin, the music festival’s marketing director. But the charges on those cards “appear reasonably related to the Fyre Media business,” according to VICE. It's the charges on McFarland’s card that raise the most eyebrows, since that’s where more than $1 million worth of Ticketmaster, StubHub, and Vivid Seats tickets were charged.

The problem for McFarland is that Fyre Media was conceived as an app for people to book artists for private events. It never claimed to sell tickets for concerts and events. Magnises did.

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Former employees and Magnises members claim that McFarland would advertise and sell tickets to events he did not already have tickets to. And when the event dates arrived, McFarland would either cancel the reservations or provide tickets purchased through third-party organizations.

For example, Magnises advertised tickets to a series of Adele concerts in September 2016. A former employee told VICE McFarland did not possess the tickets he advertised and the whole situation sounds like it was a total clusterfuck.

“What happened with Adele was that we found out that Billy wasn’t going through a source in Live Nation at all, because for that concert, there were no e-tickets available; the whole thing was all ticket stubs,” the anonymous former employee told VICE. “We had to go and meet with these brokers who act as third-party buyers around MSG. And we’re spending the whole time running around the city trying to get them together and figure out how many they have and who’s going to go in which section.”

What’s more, McFarland was apparently buying the tickets on the same day as the performances. McFarland’s credit card records show more than $150,000 worth of StubHub, Vivid Seats, Fan Exchange, and My Ticket Tracker charges on September 19, 20, 22, 23, 25 and 26, the exact days Adele was performing at Madison Square Garden. There were no ticket charges on September 21 and 24, when she did not perform.

A similar situation happened when Magnises offered members $250 tickets for Hamilton. McFarland’s Fyre Media American Express records have charges totaling almost $30,000 labeled with Vivid Seats and Hamilton. The cheapest transaction with this label is $1,401.30, which means McFarland was operating on at least a $1,200 loss per ticket for this Hamilton deal through Magnises.

Finally, McFarland’s company offered discounted floor tickets to Kanye West’s Saint Pablo Tour in June 2016 at $275 each, about $100 less than the median resale ticket price. As should be expected by now, McFarland’s credit card records show more than $10,000 worth of Ticketmaster charges on the first night the Saint Pablo Tour arrived in New York City, September 5, 2016, also at Madison Square Garden.

All of this appears as though it's going to make life even more difficult for McFarland. Outside of the headache he's dealing with due to the Fyre Festival issues, he's also going to have to explain why it appears he was running a ticket scheme in the months leading up to that debacle.

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Looks Like the Bar That Accused Kendall Jenner of Not Tipping Is Backing Down

Late last week, Kendall Jenner got put on blast by a Brooklyn mainstay for allegedly stiffing her bartenders when it came time to leave a tip. But Baby's All Right, the bar/eatery/music venue triple-threat at the center of the controversy, appears to be slowly backing away from the battle with Jenner, as posts about the tipping controversy are mysteriously disappearing from their social media feeds.

If you're not up to speed yet, Baby's All Right used their Instagram account to shame Jenner over the weekend, playfully reminding her she should tip her bartenders on the way out the door.

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After 95 percent of the internet came for her neck—those Jenner/Kardashian loyalists are a tough bunch to crack—Jenner would eventually clap back at the Brooklyn haunt, suggesting she did tip her bartender, just not in a way that could be tracked on paper.

If that's the case, Jenner made the amateur mistake of not writing “CASH” in big, bold letters on the tip line, but that's neither here nor there. Not satisfied with her explanation, Baby's All Right launched another attack at Jenner, screenshotting her explanation and offering a snarky response of their own by quoting the great German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche.

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“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you,” the post read, accompanied by the hashtag #NoCashTip. It's a little disappointing that a Brooklyn bar didn't have the good sense to borrow from one of the great philosophers of their own borough. “We don't believe you, you need more people” would have fit here just fine.

But now, those posts are but a cached ghost of internet history, with Baby's All Right deleting their original accusation against Jenner in addition to the follow-up snark they offered after she told her side of the story. From a public perspective, they look they're admitting they were wrong in the first place, whether it's because of an honest mistake or an attempt to leverage Jenner's name for some free publicity. The only evidence left of the dust-up is a stray tweet, which could be interpreted as a veiled shot at Jenner.

In case there's more to it than that—maybe Jenner threatened legal action that wasn't worth their trouble—Complex reached out to the crew at Baby's All Right to see if we could get an explanation for either the story behind the posts or why they've been taken down. We'll update with any details they share if and when they get back to us.

In the meantime, maybe a few of us owe apologies to Jenner? Considering all the details from both parties here, she's looking better and better by the day. And if she did tip, she learned a valuable lesson about filling in the whole receipt before bouncing. 

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Kendall Jenner Wants You to Know She’s Not a Bad Tipper

Kendall Jenner can't catch a damn break. The model/socialite/Kardashian clan representer was at Baby's All Right in Williamsburg over the weekend, celebrating whatever it is famous, rich people celebrate. Or maybe she was just hanging out at a bar. In any case, she spent a whopping $24, and I know this because Baby's took to Instagram (in a now-deleted post) to shame her for not tipping.

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Kendall finally addressed the bar's call-out on Monday, with a simple tweet that reminded everyone in the world about the various ways currency can be distributed:

If you're feeling a tingly sense of déjà vu, it's because Kendall has been in hot water over her restaurant manners before. Back in 2014, Kendall was at yet another NYC watering hole when she asked if she, a teenager, could partake in the consumption of alcohol. Seeing as there are, you know, laws, she was denied, and stormed out in expected tantrum fashion. According to the waitress serving her, she hadn't yet paid, so she chased Kendall down, only for the frustrated Jenner to turn around and make it rain on her. (Kendall denied this story, but isn't it more fun to believe it actually happened?) Kendall has since changed her ways, preferring to leave her cash payments on surfaces rather than in the faces of the working class.

After getting called out for those ridiculous shirts she briefly sold with baby sis Kylie and for her role in the Pepsi campaign that apparently planned to end racism and police violence with carbonated beverages, Kendall should count this relatively small battle as a win. 

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