The Fourth of July is barely over, but many designers are already positioning for time slots for their September runway shows in New York.
There has been so much interest that show organizers are counting on the fall lineup to be even stronger compared with February in terms of the total number of presentations and shows. Although a few big names, such as Vera Wang, Donna Karan and Betsey Johnson, opted to show outside the Bryant Park tents, the winter turnout wound up being about the same as the September 2008 roster.
Commenting on the fall schedule, an IMG Fashion spokesman said, “It’s the same craziness as usual. Designers are vying for time slots, despite people’s expectations concerning the economy.”
Actual dates and times for Bryant Park will start to be confirmed in mid-August, the spokesman said.
It appears the roster of shows and presentations will be even longer than last season when there were 86 presentations and 159 shows across the city, said Ruth Finley, founder and publisher of the Fashion Calendar. More designers, especially younger ones, plan to host presentations. Finley has encouraged those planning presentations to block out 90-minute time slots so that attendees who also have runway shows in that time frame will be able to get to both events.
“There definitely will be more presentations,” Finley said. “Most people who did presentations last time will be doing them again.”
Despite the increased interest in presentations for September, there should still be 150 to 160 shows, which would lift this fall’s total turnout well above last season’s, Finley said.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)