With retailers hunkered down and girding themselves for an uncertain economy, Manhattan’s Lexington Avenue Armory, home of the 69th National Guard regiment, served as an apropos new venue for the Project show. The space was markedly smaller in scope than the show’s previous incarnation at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, and hosted about 150 brands, according to show organizers.
“We were a lot more focused this year, and I think the smaller space was appropriate for this new economic environment we are in,” said Sam Ben-Avraham, founder and president of Project, which is a division of Advanstar Fashion Group.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"