Tonight, Act.1 designer Sally Wu will take over the New York outpost of Arario Gallery for her latest runway outing. Expect Honduran drummers providing the live sound track, perhaps some dancers opening the show, and architect Richard Meier and his New York staff sitting on the sidelines as guests. But the oddest detail of all: the Shanghai-born, Manhattan-based designer will be presenting her spring collection. That’s right, spring — more than a month after the last show in Paris and long after everyone’s jet lag has settled.
Wu, who’s in her second season, admits she initially planned on showing during New York Fashion Week, but realized it was too crowded. “Who’s going to look at a new designer then?” she asks. “The schedule did not look promising.” So she opted for a mid-October date, when editors and buyers would be back in the city for market appointments. “But then,” she continues, “things got pushed back and back....”
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