If there was any doubt as to what happens when Beyoncé — pregnant Beyoncé, if you want to get specific — walks into a room, she sure proved it at the Rodarte show this afternoon when, as soon as she entered, front-row guests Taylor Swift and the Fanning sisters may as well have vanished. The many photographers encircling an oversize black van outside the show suggested Beyoncé was the vehicle's occupant, though we didn't hover long enough to see if she would emerge. But then she walked down the runway to her seat moments before show time, and we put two and two together: that van might just be Beyoncé's Fashion Week fortress. At first, it seems like a strange sort of Beyoncé Mobile, this double-wide, possibly two-story black van; but, perhaps, being a Mercedes, it's the automobile equivalent of, say, an oversize sweater from a label like The Row.
Before Rodarte, Beyoncé attended Vera Wang, where she was similarly escorted to her seat only moments before show time with Solange at her side. All of the editors seated on the front row across from her looked so tired and fashion show-ed out that you couldn't pay them to care that she was around. Then again, if anyone was taking their pictures before she walked in, they certainly weren't once she arrived.
Prior to Wang's show, Beyoncé attended J.Crew's presentation, also at Lincoln Center, to which she wore a different belted, sequined gold dress and tan open-toed pumps. Alas, there wasn't enough time for her to change again before Rodarte.
After the Rodarte show, Beyoncé slowly made her way out of the sticky venue in West Chelsea, as fans and reporters tried to mob her. "I tried to ask her if she's thought of baby names yet," one reporter said to a friend. "She just turned around and smiled." A little less smiley, it seemed, was Swift, who exited the venue effortlessly, for there were no crowds in her way.