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Mad Men, Music and Mirdles: Highlights from Macy's Passport

 

This past Thursday night, San Francisco enjoyed a little taste of something between a fashion show and a Broadway play, with a dash of Cirque de Soleil thrown in for good measure. The highly entertaining event was full of surprises (celeb guests, a rain shower on the runway and even a mirdle sighting!), so in case you weren't there to experience it yourself, here's the rundown of the seven most memorable moments at Macy's Passport:

1. The food: Ohhh the food. Taste Catering pulled out all the stops for the reception, perfecting everything from Steak Poivre to chicken and pumpkin empanadas. We quickly mastered the art of balancing an hors d'oeuvres plate atop a champagne flute and overheard numerous guests saying that they felt like they were tasting dishes on Top Chef. Enough said.

2. Surprise celebrity guests: The two stars of the evening certainly had one thing in common: must-see Sunday night TV. Bryan Batt (Mad Men's closeted homosexual Sal Romano) kicked off the fashion show with a heartfelt intro and Mechad Brooks (True Blood's Eggs Benedict) wrapped things up on the runway during the 'Glampire' segment.

3. The gold wrap jumpsuit from Rachel Rachel Roy: Despite the terrible photo we captured, Rachel Roy's glitzy opening piece really set the mood for what was to come. The entire collection was energetic, bold and youthful and the music (From The Ting Tings to Bette Davis Eyes) was the icing on the neon cake.

4. The Dancers: We were excited to see Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Girls live and up-close, but it's the younger set of child dancers clad in neon pom-poms and argyle socks that really stole the scene...not to mention the dance troupe who transitioned from all-American school kids to industrial goth punk, all in one show.

5. The Music: Macy's kept it hot with live performances by DJ Rashida during Rachel Rachel Roy and local hip-hop sensations Zion I with K. Flay during American Rag.

6. Runway rainstorm: Kudos to the Wacoal b'tempt'd lingerie-clad models for not falling after being tasked with walking through water in mega-heels. Was this Macy's Passport or the "extreme modeling" of America's Next Top Model?

7. The Tallia Orange show: We won't soon forget the elaborate Venetian masquerade ball, complete with opera singer, gondola scene and candelabra as the new runway model accessory. But it's really the daring rope and ring acrobatics that kept us on the edge of our seats.