Although the revamped version of Fashion Meets Finance, a mixer designed to bring together finance dudes with ladies in the fashion industry, promised to be far less superficial than the original, it seems that the organization hasn't quite been able to make a clean break. When they started four years ago, they earned a reputation for attracting "rich men seeking trophy type girls/models" and encouraging attendees to name their salaries and/or photos of themselves. They closed down over a year ago, only to hold a comeback party last Thursday under the more pious pretense than uniting hot women and rich men: charity.
Curious to see how this would play out, the Times' Mac William Bishop attended the boozy gathering at Bar Basque in Midtown (open Svedka vodka bar from 6 to 7 p.m.!), where the partnering charity organization, Indego Africa, attempted to sell bracelets and pass out pamphlets in a corner of the neon-lit lounge. "I know there's been some negative press about what they've done in the past, but everyone can be redeemed," said Benjamin Stone, Indego's chairman. Meanwhile, an attendee named Vera complained that there weren't enough men. Another attendee named Thomas was having a blast: "My chances are good. I already got a high five for sexual intercourse, so I'm feeling pretty good," he told the camera. While he plans to attend future Fashion Meets Finance events, he did have one grievance. "I look forward to the idea that there might be models at the next one. Always chasing the dragon, right?"
When Fashion Meets Finance [Dealbook/NYT]