CHANGING PLACES: It isn’t fashion week without a little scheduling shuffle, and several designers have jump-started this season’s game of musical chairs with changes to their fashion week plans. Chado designer Ralph Rucci just moved his presentation from Sept. 10 to the final day of Olympus Fashion Week on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m., giving him some extra prep time as well as his traditional spot at the end of the New York shows. Then Alice Roi jumped from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10 at 11 a.m., taking Rucci’s vacated time slot because she preferred his venue in Bryant Park, which wasn’t available at her original time. And in her old space on Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. comes the big surprise: Imitation of Christ, which, after four years of fashion anarchy, has booked a spot in Bryant Park, practically the center of conformity. What’s next? They’ll invite more than 10 guests?
CAMPING OUT?: One has to wonder where the 250,000 or so protesters plan to sleep while they’re in New York over the weekend — but they might be very fashionable wherever it is. Marc by Marc Jacobs on Bleecker Street has completely sold out of its sleeping bags, which were selling for $20. The shop “sold hundreds” of them both in New York and in Boston, and they haven’t been reordered, according to a store representative. She said they weren’t for political purposes, and customers were probably attracted to the price. The bags, which came in silver with stars and clouds on them, were marked down from $195 to make room for new merchandise.
This story first appeared in the August 25, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.