One of the best kept secrets of
has to be the VIP treatment received by
Let's start with the American Express Skybox.
Card members are escorted through a door in front of show guests - you can almost see them drool as you walk by - and up a flight of stairs to the opulent suite, which is perched above the top row of the actual runway show. The suite features a fully stocked bar, a mini stage where Q and A sessions are held between shows, and comfy seats for guests to watch each sashay and swivel on the runway.
Passed hors d'oeuvres - everything from shrimp, salmon, and lamb - and drinks are brought to guests.
Probably the best thing about the suite is the Q and A sessions with fashion insiders and celebrities such as:
, Vogue's Director of Photography Ivan Shaw, Elle's Creative Director Joe Zee, and designers Tadashi Shoji,
, Lubov Azria and
. Lottie Oakley, former associate publisher of Vogue, serves as the host.
In addition, to the Skybox at
, American Express also offered a similar layout at MADE at MILK Studios, which housed a number of top shows as well.
American Express' culminating event Thursday night was a cardmember-only show with stylist Rachel Zoe. The event included pre-show cocktails, a conversation with the celebrity stylist/designer, and the showcasing of Zoe's Spring collection.