LOOKING AHEAD: The latest round of runway shows ended only last week, but the organizers of 7th on Sixth are already busy planning for next season -- Saturday, Oct. 29, to Saturday, Nov. 5.

They said certain improvements made this time, including changing the interior of the larger Gertrude Pavilion to black from white and enlarging and better organizing the backstage area, helped overall performance during the shows.

Other moves are being considered to make the shows "even smoother," said Fern Mallis, executive director of 7th on Sixth and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which helps produce the shows.

High on the list of possibilities is insisting that designers pre-seat their shows, Mallis said, because "those that didn't pre-seat suffered by comparison."

On the group's immediate agenda is renewing its contract with Bryant Park, fine-tuning its relationship with the New York Public Library, since 7th on Sixth is taking over full production of library shows next season, and renewing its commitment with its 11 corporate sponsors.

Mallis said DuPont has already signed on as a new sponsor for next season.

Stan Herman, president of 7th on Sixth and the CFDA, said he hopes to sign an agreement with Bryant Park that will allow for tent shows there for the next three years.

Herman is thinking about "a more permanent setup somewhere in the area," such as a site inside a building in the Bryant Park neighborhood, but said there is nothing specific right now.

As for the prospect of Europeans showing here next season, Herman reiterated that the organization will insist that those designers present their collections before they are shown in Europe.

"We let Prada get away with it this time, but for the European contingent to work, and I think its mostly Milan designers that we're talking about, they are going to have to show here first or not at all," Herman said.

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