If you’re dying to gatecrash New York Fashion Week but could probably do without the armed escort off the premises, consider taking your enthusiasm virtual. “Catwalk Countdown,” a new PC game by the bloggers at Full Frontal Fashion, puts you in the thick of all the action—no name-dropping necessary. Think The Devil Wears Prada meets the Choose Your Own Adventure books meets The Sims: You play an aspiring fashion designer who must break free from the clutches of your tyrannical employer to make it on your own to Lincoln Center.
FASHION WEEK OR BUST
Starting your own label doesn’t come cheap, of course; to raise the capital, you have to toil for your uncle’s Garment District fabric store. You’re also duty-bound as a hip, twentysomething New Yorker to do the things hip, twentysomething New Yorkers do: chill with pals in Williamsburg, sketch at the High Line park, meditate yogi-style to sooth your rankled nerves, and naturellement, blog.
Much of the gameplay refers to vintage or sustainable materials, and you can specialize in eco-fashion.
Much of the gameplay refers to vintage or sustainable materials. (An early task requires you, for instance, to create a belt from recycled components.) More significant, you can choose to specialize in eco-fashion, even as you sacrifice sleep, self-respect, and sanity for one brief, shining moment under the tents. Have some time to kill between sneaking in shows? Play a demo of the game for free online.