Fashion Meets Finance began four years ago as a mixer to bring together well-to-do men who work in finance with well-dressed — but could be better dressed — women who work in fashion. "In the New York dating scene, the men of finance are the lions, and the women of fashion are the trophies," FMF founder Jeremy Abelson told this very website almost two years ago. "We have to maintain the purity of the genetic lines." Well, the mixer has gone dark for the past year, and the new organizers pretty readily admit in an e-mail pitch soliciting press for the comeback party on Cinco de Mayo that's because its original incarnation was damn embarrassing:
We have not had a Fashion Meets Finance event in over a year because we have been working on re-vamping/ elevating the brand. In the past the events had a certain connotation that we are trying to get rid of... (rich men seeking trophy type girls/ models) We had a company called Pocket Change that we were working with that put a spin on things for shock value...(you can find several articles online in NY Mag)
(See those here.)
We are no longer working with outside marketing companies and are organically trying to go back to the core of why we started doing these events... to bring people together from gender heavy industries- to mingle, to network, and have an amazing time at an event without paying for an expensive ticket.
Like any respectable New York social event, FMF has decided to affiliate with a charity. And so attendees to the upcoming party are encouraged to make a $10 donation to Indego Africa. Not only is the New FMF designed to encourage attendees to give back — be aware of other people, that sort of thing — but they may also have to let go of how much they care about money and looks:
Gone are the days of the RSVP page where event attendees had the option of uploading a picture of themselves along with their salary! Also The charity has aspects of "fashion" and "finance" and is affiliated with Goldman Sachs and Nicole Miller...
Oh, man. Now what's the point? If Fashion wants to meet Finance the old-fashioned way, without knowing its income or looks in advance, it doesn't have to sign up for a pretentious frat party for the of-age, post-collegiate crowd — it just has to go to one of the all too copious bars in this town with a sub-par $14 cocktail. Or — let's be honest — beer pong.
Fashion Meets Finance [Official Site]