LAUREN CANCELS RALPH AT BRYANT PARK BUT WILL PROCEED WITH COLLECTION

Byline: Lisa Lockwood

NEW YORK--Ralph Lauren has canceled his Ralph show at the Bryant Park tents during the 7th on Sixth fashion week.
The show was slated for Sunday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. in the Gertrude Pavilion. That's where Lauren will show his signature Collection, as scheduled, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m.
"It became apparent that to produce two major fashion shows in that period of time was physically impossible," said a Ralph Lauren spokeswoman on Friday.
As reported, Calvin Klein decided last month not to show his less expensive CK line under the tents, because that bridge collection, which opened in mid-September, would be sold up before show week, the company said.
Donna Karan will continue to show her DKNY collection under the tents. As a result of Ralph's cancellation, DKNY will move into the 6 p.m. time slot on Oct. 30. It had been slated to show that day at 11 a.m.
According to Ruth Finley, publisher of the Fashion Calendar, New York show week begins on Friday, Oct. 28. Several designers and companies are showing Friday and Saturday in their respective showrooms, as well as at Parsons and alternative spaces.
The first show will be Prada's secondary line, Mui Mui, set for Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. in the Josephine Pavilion.
"In a funny way, we anticipate people will view [the Ralph cancellation] positively, because it will tighten up the show schedule. We're sorry it had to happen, but it's not a reflection on 7th on Sixth," said Fern Mallis, executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which sponsors the event.
"It's a lot of work doing two shows two days apart," said Mallis. "Lauren has never done two separate shows before. Lauren will still do two shows for the Collection, with one earlier in the morning for licensees."
The Lauren spokeswoman said the company is looking at other options for showing the Ralph line.

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