GHOST IS LEAVING TENTS, HEADING FOR UNION SQUARE
Byline: Janet Ozzard
NEW YORK — Ghost is disappearing from the tents.
Following other top designer names who have chosen to leave the 7th on Sixth shows slated for Bryant Park at the end of the month, British designer line Ghost has pulled out of its scheduled 5 p.m. show at the Josephine tent on March 30.
It will now stage its show on the same day at 9 p.m. at the American Savings Bank building, 20 Union Square East, on the corner of 15th Street.
As reported, other designers who have left the tents this season include Todd Oldham, Victor Alfaro and Badgley Mischka.
Karen Erickson, a partner in Showroom Seven, which handles Ghost’s U.S. business, said the change was made last week after the company realized it would encounter model conflicts with Ralph Lauren, whose show is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Gertrude tent.
“We decided that if you’re going to show in a banal space, you have to have top models,” said Erickson. “Since we obviously weren’t going to get top models, we decided to move the show to a more interesting space.”
The bank space will hold about 300 people, said Erickson — far fewer than the Josephine tent, which has a capacity of 800 to 900.
Ghost, which has been showing here for several years, is known for idiosyncratic sportswear pieces that are popular with retailers and models, and for its legendary parties following the runway shows. Ghost has been in and out of the tents for a few seasons; it showed in the Josephine tent last season, but staged its previous presentation at the Oyster Bar restaurant in Grand Central Terminal here.