NEW YORK SCOOPS
WILL FLOYD FLATTEN FERN’S TENTS?
The last two days of fashion week could literally end up a washout.
Seventh on Sixth organizers were scrambling Wednesday to cope with what might happen today and Friday as Hurricane Floyd comes barreling up the East Coast. As foreboding over Floyd got gloomier and gloomier, Fern Mallis, executive director, issued the following statement:
“We are receiving constant weather updates specific to our precise location from Compu-Weather and have consulted with our tent architect. While our tent structures are very secure, we are prepared to evacuate the site and cancel shows if conditions become too dangerous for public safety. We are also prepared to reschedule Friday’s shows to Saturday if it becomes necessary. We will continue to monitor the situation and will make decisions accordingly.”
Late Wednesday, Floyd was churning off the South Carolina coast carrying maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. While the storm had somewhat weakened, the New York area can expect a pounding, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast called for potentially heavy rains and wind to affect the region Thursday night into Friday.
The show that might be in the heart of the storm is one of the most anticipated of the week: Alexander McQueen’s, which is scheduled for 9 p.m. today at Pier 94 on the Hudson River. McQueen’s organizers could not be reached for comment as to what their bad-weather plans might be. But this is New York, and the most likely scenario is that the shows will go on unless conditions are prohibitive.
Of course, the path of a hurricane is as hard to predict as next season’s runway trends.
BAG IT: In the joke-that-fell-flat department, Glamour magazine had a reporter rove around the shows Wednesday soliciting opinions from industry bigwigs about a perfectly nice, if somewhat unremarkable fabric handbag. After mumbling various polite responses, each person was then informed — surprise — the bag was made by none other than fashion’s newest designer, Monica Lewinsky. Did they want to change their opinion? Some tempered their comments a little, while others walked off whispering different versions of an adults-only punch line. But Suzy Menkes put a certain dignified British perspective on the whole thing: “I told her it needed a zipper.”