and the mortifying moment of fashion week…

February 22nd, 2011

So, Fashion Week was an amazing experience, and I’m so very happy and grateful to have been a part of it.  But while there were so many incredible, once-in-a-lifetime moments, there was also one moment that was more mortifying than I could ever have imagined. 

And, after much internal debate, I decided to tell you guys about it.  Hopefully this will be a little cathartic for me and not just embarrassing.  I could have just kept it to myself, and no one would ever know the difference — but really, it feels a little dishonest to post so many times about “OMG I saw thirty fashion shows and I’m so cool and glamorous” without mentioning…


Oh.  My.  God.  The third day of Fashion week, I was wearing these ridiculously high heels (as always), and walking across the promenade of Lincoln Center that becomes kind of a gauntlet for everyone walking into the tents.  It’s filled with photographers from major magazines as well as street style bloggers, and you can’t walk in or out without posing for a half dozen photos.  Which is totally fun, and honestly, it’s actually pretty awesome when people like your outfit enough to ask you to stop.

So I’m coasting along, pausing for photos, feeling pretty good about myself.  And then my stiletto heel hits the ground wrong and I go DOWN.  I don’t just stumble — I fall to my knees, bag crashing down on the pavement.  And all I’m thinking is that this terrible moment is going to end up in about a hundred street style blogs next week under the Fashion Roadkill header.

A guy came over and helped me up, and I must have looked like I was about to cry, because he said to me: “Now you know how the models feel.”  And oh my gosh, I will never snicker when a model falls on the runway again. 

I called Chad the second I got into the tents, and he somehow thought it was a good idea to ask IF I WAS OK.  Clearly, if I’m telling you this story, I’m not ok.  Physically, maybe I was fine.  But are you kidding me?  I get to go to FASHION WEEK and I fall walking into the tents? 

Just typing it is making my stomach cringe.

But, okay.  If the worst thing that happened to me all week was that little tumble, I guess I’m not doing so badly.  I’m sure even Anna Wintour has stumbled in heels once or twice (right?). 

And just to prove that I can actually walk (most of the time), below is a little clip that Ecco Domani recorded of my mock-runway walk.  I’ll admit that this clip is a little mortifying too (really, Katy?  ‘It’s more like a dance?’  WHY AM I SUCH A DORK???), but also kind of cute. 

And let’s face it — when you start taking all this stuff seriously, it becomes a lot less fun.  So I hope to keep stumbling, tripping and dancing my way through Fashion Week for many seasons to come.

Tags: new york fashion week · style

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries // Feb 22, 2011 at 6:48 am

    It’s great to put a voice to the face! 😀 You looked cute!

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  • 3 Closet Fashionista // Feb 22, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Oh no!! Well at least you were physically okay, and its over now and I bet no one remembers it 🙂
    Your walk is so cute, hehe

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  • 5 Janice (Couture and Crayons) // Feb 22, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Happens to the best of us. I’d give an embarrassing stumble to go to half of the events you were able to attend. =)

    (Couture and Crayons)

  • 6 Rachel @ Suitcase Secrets // Feb 22, 2011 at 9:47 am

    So glad you were able to shake it off!  Your attitude not to take everything too seriously is amazing!

  • 7 Susan // Feb 22, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Stilettos and winter don’t mix. Good thing Tory Burch sent you those flats.


  • 8 Rosemaryandthegoat // Feb 22, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Hey, at least you didn’t break anything! 🙂

  • 9 Susan // Feb 22, 2011 at 11:37 am

    You’re missing the bigger picture!  You lost your balance and took a little tumble at FASHION WEEK!  Do you know how fabulous that even is?  So many women out there would take a stiletto to the face just to attend one show!  And it’s SO common that it was written into a script of Sex In The City.  Don’t waste another minute thinking about it.  It’s glorious!!

  • 10 Sara // Feb 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Oh no!! I’m glad you’re alright though, physically! And truthfully, sharing this with everyone reading will be cathartic. And ten years from now, you’ll be able to laugh at it without cringing (hopefully…)

    At least it wasn’t as bad as a girl I saw the other day in Chicago: her stiletto got stuck in a hole in the wooden part of a bridge over the Chicago river, and she had to take her foot OUT of her shoe and use both hands to free the heel.

    And I just thought of something else that would also be way worse: accidently flashing the cameras, a la Tara Reid. So no worries! Right? 🙂

  • 11 ashley // Feb 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Your on Jucy Couture’s website!!

  • 12 Alejandra // Feb 24, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Oh gosh that is awful! I totally know the feeling. But to make you feel better, YES, Anna Wintour definitely does fall sometimes. Check out this story that was on Gawker a while ago:!5037714/what-not-to-do-when-anna-wintour-falls-on-her-face

  • 13 Jessica R // Feb 25, 2011 at 10:33 am

    OMG I love when bloggers show they’re human!  You’re adorable and EVERYONE has done this.  Here’s to being a survivor.  🙂

  • 14 Carly // Mar 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    You are too adorable for words! 
    And YES it was a dance..but so perfectly YOU!
    Love this video.

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  • 16 Elle // May 19, 2011 at 11:46 am

    That video was awesome! You came off great, so no worries. Sorry you stumbled, but hey-at least you’re in good company. 😉

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