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Designers Displeased With Show Dates

<P>NEW YORK — Fashion designers here and in Europe are starting to feel the heat.</P><P>The fall collections kick off in New York on Friday, and many designers are struggling with the what they perceive is the earliest ever start to the runway...

NEW YORK — Fashion designers here and in Europe are starting to feel the heat.

The fall collections kick off in New York on Friday, and many designers are struggling with the what they perceive is the earliest ever start to the runway season — Feb. 3, which is proving to be particularly early for American designers. Many have expressed the difficulties they’ve been having getting fabrics in on time from Italy to be able put togethertheir collection.

In the case of Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the late fabric deliveries forced them to reschedule its show to the Thursday of fashion week to allow for some extra time.

Perhaps the most vocal critic to emerge is Marc Jacobs.“Whoever moved those show dates up in New York should be executed,” he said last Thursday night at a dinner to celebrate his new collection store in Paris, less than 24 hours before his Louis Vuitton men’s wear show. “I’m stressed and exhausted.”