NEW YORK — For those who have barely recovered from the fall shows, it’s time to plan resort and spring 2011 — at least that seems to be the sentiment at the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
On Wednesday, executive director Steven Kolb sent out an e-mail encouraging designers to open resort from June 7 to June 17, and reminding them the spring 2011 shows are scheduled from Thursday, Sept. 9 to Thursday, Sept. 16, with Fashion’s Night Out slated for Friday, Sept. 10.
The CFDA has sent out similar memos before, aiming to bring organization and structure to show week. In Wednesday’s memo, the organization reiterated the importance of designers sticking to the day and time slot of the previous season for their shows. “It is not possible to move from your given slot unless you have permission from the CFDA,” the memo stated. “The Fashion Calendar continues to schedule all the shows and keeps the calendar —and does so in direct consultation with CFDA, IMG and Milk & MAC.”
“If a designer needs to move, hopefully they will understand that it’s not simply a decision to move, but every move creates a ripple effect,” Kolb elaborated on Wednesday.
There is some leeway though, particularly where it concerns Rosh Hashanah. For the first time in recent memory, the New York shows will directly overlap with the Jewish holiday this year as a result of a recent shift to start the show cycle on the second Thursday of September. The two-day Jewish holiday begins at sundown on Wednesday, Sept. 7.
“We are most sensitive to it,” Kolb noted. “We started on Thursday to accommodate London. We can’t go back any further and we can’t go earlier. There is nothing we can do, other than to let people know [Rosh Hashanah is] then, and to work around it by being utmost respectful to anybody that can’t show on that day. The way we see it is that if designers are not comfortable showing on those days, we can figure out a different [slot] for them.”
The memo also encouraged designers to consider presentations, which should be scheduled on the half hour, and off-site show venues on the West Side north of Houston Street to ease travel to and from Lincoln Center, where the shows will be held for the first time this September.
“It’s a positive thing that we sent the memo,” Kolb said. “We are letting people know that these are the challenges we face, and we’re on it to make sure we have a smooth, organized fashion week.”
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion