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Stars Demand Pay, Perks For Front Row Seats
By Suzanne Kapner
Published : Febuary 5, 2007 / New York Post
After factoring in the cost of the clothes, the models, the lighting and the stylists, there is one additional expense that often goes overlooked, but can add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of producing a runway show: the celebrities.
All that star power in the front row doesn't come cheap. Celebrities typically demand - and receive - first-class airfare and hotel accommodations, not just for themselves, but also for their entourage, as well as a shopping spree at the designer's store and, not infrequently, cold, hard cash.
Nicky Hilton is said to have pocketed roughly $30,000 for hosting the Macy's Presents Kiss & Tell party that benefited the American Heart Association last Thursday night, on the eve of Olympus Fashion Week, which runs through Friday.
Cate Blanchett was flown last month from New Orleans, where she is filming a movie, to Paris for the Giorgio Armani couture show by private jet.
Sources said that Rock & Republic offered $5,000 to $15,000 to lure bold-faced names such as Carmen Electra to last year's runway show. And Dolce & Gabbana paid Jennifer Lopez to attend its most recent runway show in Milan, these people continued.
No celebrity or fashion house will openly admit to trading financial favors for personal appearances, and most, including all those mentioned in this story, outright deny doing so.
But so-called celebrity wranglers who are charged with ensuring events have star power say privately that the practice is commonplace.
"The going rate for Fashion Week is $10,000," said one source. "But that depends on whether you'll have the celebrity exclusively, or whether they can attend other shows."
First-class airfare from Los Angeles is typically part of the deal. But the plane must have a true first-class cabin. "Business/first class is not good enough," this person continued.
While seemingly crass, the arrangement has clear benefits for designers. A celebrity sighting can create buzz and ensure that images of a designer's clothes are broadcast around the world.
Celebrity bookers, meanwhile, argue that stars have a right to be compensated for their time.
In some rare cases, designers really do draw the line. Donatella Versace had been talking to Lil' Kim about attending her fashion show several years ago, but promptly dropped the subject when the rapper suggested the two co-design a clothing line, two people familiar with the situation said.
There are, of course, many occasions when celebrities are truly friends with the designer or are interested in the clothes. Winona Ryder is close with Marc Jacobs and routinely attends his runway shows, sources said.
It's no wonder that designers are reluctant to discuss the subject. Any suggestion that purse strings are the main motivation behind a relationship can deflate a celebrity appearance faster than a high-pressure system can ruin a good hair day.
When Kate Bosworth, who was a runway fixture during the September shows, was asked why she was there, her response, according to a source, said it all: "Because they paid me."