How to negotiate with vendors
Or maybe not. This is hilarious. Funny enough to attempt to embed my first video.
~sigh~ after much gnashing of teeth, I can’t get it to embed. Click the image below and it’ll open the video in a new window. Go along now. I’ll wait.
I haven’t experienced many of these tactics lately but I still get the occasional stone soup entrepreneur who wants to deal me in for a cut of the action or wants me to work for free in exchange for them telling everyone about me once they’re rich and successful. Every vendor has funny stories about contract negotiations. Maybe not funny then, only in hindsight.
Disoriented Palestinian Refugee Walks Chanel By Mistake, Becomes Official Karl Lagerfeld Muse
PARIS — “I”m mostly just hungry,” said 14-year-old Palestinian Ghada Qaddumi after walking the first of what is sure to be a long list of Chanel runways. “I do not know if I will ever see my home again.” Just an hour earlier, the charming Miss Qaddumi —dubbed the official “Face of Spring Couture” by style.com— had mistakenly boarded a Parisian tour bus bound for fashion week after disembarking from a U.N.–issued rescue plane. A quick stop for photo-ops and the bewildered it-girl found herself milling around backstage at Chanel, lured in by the wafting scent of warm croissants that had been left untouched by the models. A veteran team of stylists and makeup artists, thinking Qaddumi’s unwashed hair and clothes were part of a fierce “model-off-duty” uniform, scooped up the girl, whisked her into a paper turban, and shoved her onto the runway. “I think she gets what the Chanel girl is all about,” says couturier Karl Lagerfeld. “The sunken cheeks, the ribs, the, how you say, terrifying desperation in her eyes.” Qaddumi, while reaching, adorably, for a toasted everything bagel with cream cheese, offered one parting comment: “Are you going to finish that?”
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