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Back to Paris for Lang

NEW YORK — Helmut Lang confirmed Thursday he will take his spring women’s show back to Paris.<br><br>The widely expected move has been in the works for some time, considering Lang had indicated he would move his show back to Paris from New...

NEW YORK — Helmut Lang confirmed Thursday he will take his spring women’s show back to Paris.

The widely expected move has been in the works for some time, considering Lang had indicated he would move his show back to Paris from New York a year ago, but ultimately did not in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. He showed his men’s wear at Espace Commines during men’s fashion week in Paris on June 30.

“I don’t think there is anything wrong with New York as a space,” Lang said. “I find having your house in New York, it’s more convenient to show here, but in our case, we have our roots in Europe and a long tradition of showing in Paris. Not having done so for quite a while might be a little bit offensive to Paris.”

The decision will open up a coveted time slot in the New York calendar; he had reserved 2 p.m. on Sept. 20, but Lang said that after reports of the calendar logjam surfaced in WWD on Thursday, he felt he should clarify his move to Paris. Fern Mallis, executive director of 7th on Sixth, said the organization would like to offer that time to Vera Wang, who would show in the Celeste Bartos venue of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but would work with KCD, which is angling to give it to Zac Posen, to determine the outcome.

Lang moved his business to New York in 1998, starting a revolution in the fashion calendar at the same time.

This story first appeared in the July 12, 2002 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.