It sure didnt’ take long for Christina Binkley to get back in the news. The recently departed Wall Street Journal Style columnist unleashed a bump-and-run news cycle when she tweeted Feb. 13 from the New York Fashion Week show of Philipp Plein.
Empty seats next to Tiffany Trump. pic.twitter.com/axvYJAFupl
— Christina Binkley (@BinkleyOnStyle) February 14, 2017
Of all the stories done on my viral Tiffany Trump empty-seats tweet, not one news org has interviewed me to ask what happened. Urban legend.
— Christina Binkley (@BinkleyOnStyle) February 16, 2017
Fellow reporters did eventually contact Binkley and well, what was inflaming the Twittersphere turned out to be a bigger stretch than any challenging this week’s haute couture. Yes, two women vacated the spots next to Trump. But as Binkley told People magazine’s Diana Pearl, that seemed due mainly to a desire not to be included in photographs being snapped of the First Daughter.
And as far as those vacated spots remaining empty and sad(!), that never actually happened. As Binkley detailed to Refinery29’s Landon Peoples:
“Several more people came and sat down; one of them was a famous creative director,” Binkley told Refinery29. “As I was chatting with them, a Plein executive came over and asked those guys to move because Philipp’s sister and girlfriend wanted to sit there–it turned out those ended up being highly covetable seats!”
“It was absolutely a case of musical chairs. That photograph I tweeted lives on in history now, creating this urban legend that she was sitting there lonely, with empty seats beside her.”