Pin Show 2013 Has a New Home, a New Vibe and, Yes, Booze Served from Firetrucks
It turns out that when you aren't forced to accept the pre-fab surroundings of a rented ballroom, you can do whatever the hell you want. And that's exactly what's happening for Pin Show 2013. They found traveling bars that serve cocktails out of actual firetrucks, and due to the massive scale of the venue, one will be parked inside the warehouse and another will be on alert outside. There will be food trucks, exposed lighting and your choice of valet or regular parking.
A Lucy Dang design, from Pin Show 2012
She's scaled back the designers by a third, which leaves 22 artists total -- with all but one from Texas -- to send their looks down the deconstructed New York style floor.
They'll parade along a teardrop path to maximize area occupied and grant everyone an upclose view. Meanwhile, each look will be projected onto giant live feed screens. They've built an elevated VIP area also, to add tiny encampments of swank throughout. And pivoting even further away from the old Dallas assumptions, the models will be sent out to the seductive soul tunes of the Danny Church Band, who will be performing live, rather than to a conventional DJ. (You might have seen the Danny Church Band previously, they occasionally play plush gigs in the Stoneleigh Penthouse.)
If McCullough's plan has one flaw, it might be the sexiness of the band she chose. They make everyone want to derobe -- those models will have to exercise extreme restraint.
That overlook aside, the fact that Pin Show 2013 is being cut from a completely new pattern is refreshing. Dallas, when allowed to lean on entropy, becomes formulaic -- in its clothing, personality and even desires. We need people who are willing to try new things; people who aren't afraid to work with the existing space to push fresh visions forward. I can't wait to see what loveliness is generated from this gritty experiment.
Click here to see the designers selected for 2013, there are only 5 repeats from last year. That's a lot of new blood on the runway. You can buy tickets in advance now, and even while you're standing in the check-in line. They cost $15 to $400. Scope the whole thing out on their website, doors are at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.