The trade show operator will add its elevated offering of men’s designer and luxury brands to the July edition of its show, slated for July 20 to 22. In addition, Project will switch its location and join MRket and Agenda at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this summer. For the past three seasons, the show has been held at Piers 92 or 94.
“It’s all about making it more fluid for the retailer,” said Project president Tommy Fazio, adding that “there are better facilities and services at the Javits.”
MRket will run from July 20 to 22, while Agenda and Capsule will run July 21 and 22. Capsule will continue to show at Basketball City. Liberty Fairs will be held from July 21 to 23, but has not yet revealed a site.
As reported, Liberty, MRket, Capsule and Agenda have partnered together under the mantle of Modern Assembly.
Fazio said that while Project is not collaborating with the other shows, the relocation is designed to make it easier for merchants in town to shop the different venues.
Fazio also said The Tents, which has been a successful part of the Las Vegas edition of the show since its introduction three seasons ago, will be adjacent to the regular Project show in New York and will sport a similar design aesthetic as the West Coast counterpart. “It’ll have a similar look and feel and will be light, bright and airy,” Fazio said. Among the brands that have shown at The Tents in Vegas are Todd Snyder, Tiger of Sweden, Stone Island and Shipley & Halmos.
Fazio said the response from potential exhibitors has been strong. “They don’t really think there’s a venue for elevated brands,” he said.
That opened the recurring topic of the creation of a separate Men’s Fashion Week in New York that would potentially be timed to coincide with the trade shows. Fazio deferred to the Council of Fashion Designers of America, saying chief executive officer Steven Kolb is “in big talks to make it happen.”
Kolb in turn responded: “The idea is still very much alive. If and when and what season depends on our ability to attract a corporate partner. The interest from the industry and the structure is in place. We just need the funding, which we continue to explore.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast