NEW YORK -- Several major New York designers are looking to move their shows from their historical perches on the Fashion Week calendar here and are now jockeying for earlier time slots -- within the first three days of the collection...
NEW YORK--Several major New York designers are looking to move their shows from their historical perches on the Fashion Week calendar here and are now jockeying for earlier time slots--within the first three days of the collection presentations set for Sept. 18-23.As a result of an agreement this season that allowed the London and New York shows to switch places chronologically on the international fashion calendar, made to avoid fashion shows in New York during the anniversary week of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the new dates for New York now start on a Wednesday. Typically, the major New York collections run from a Monday to Friday, with ancillary shows taking place the prior weekend, but the latest shuffle would mean big shows like Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren would be held on Saturday and Sunday.However, those designers and several others are asking for time slots on a weekday, partly from concern that some editors or buyers will not be willing to work on weekends, or that they might be planning to head to Europe early to preview the Milan openings, also scheduled on Sept. 23."The bulk of people are requesting shows within the first three days, but that's because we've only heard from one segment of the populace," said Fern Mallis, vice president of IMG and executive director of 7th on Sixth, which produces Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Bryant Park. "A lot of people are still going to show on the weekends."Seventh on Sixth, which was separated from the nonprofit Council of Fashion Designers of America last year, does not expect to finalize designer time slots within its venues until at least the week of June 24, she said. The organization expects to present its venue proposals to designers for the September shows this week, which could include moving one of its stages from the park tents into a space within the adjacent New York Public Library, such as the Celeste Bartos Forum, which has been used for shows in the past."We haven't sent out our venue request forms yet, so it's kind of unfair to discuss the time slots yet," said Mallis, noting that some 7th on Sixth venues will be designated for shows at different hours than designers who want to use them might prefer. That could logically result in spreading the major shows throughout the week.Also, Mallis does not believe there will be any serious resistance from buyers or press to attend shows on the weekend, considering the circumstances that led to the change of dates. She said, "We're hoping people will be more sympathetic this season."The original show dates were also earlier in the summer, and some designers have praised the postponement, since it will allow more flexibility with their staffs in observing the Labor Day holiday.That said, 7th on Sixth is exploring a few big designer events for the weekend and through Sept. 23 to encourage the fashion show audience to stay in town. While the organization would not divulge any details, sources said Mallis and the 7th on Sixth staff have approached designers, including some with a high-voltage press appeal, to confirm a show on the weekend. One is Miguel Adrover, who, as reported, is attempting to relaunch his business following its closure under the previous Leiber Group backing."We're going to see if it's possible," Adrover said on Tuesday. "That depends on if we're able to get backing."Adrover has set up a Manhattan studio to relaunch the business, but is also looking for new financial partners to help finance the collection."It's like I'm working in the basement again," he said. "I'm working very hard again, but at least I'm happy.""
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews