FASHION WEEK SPOTS SET FOR YOUNG DESIGNERS

Byline: Janet Ozzard

NEW YORK — Two Fashion Week events will put the spotlight on young designers. The fourth edition of the group show Girls Rule will be staged at the Celeste Bartos Forum at the New York Public Library on March 28 at 5 p.m. Participants include Kabelwaer, Planet Claire, Unitryb, 2B, Roxy by Quicksilver and Madhouse.
Two days earlier, Innovators on Seventh will make its debut. Slated to run for a week, it will also feature runway shows of young designers. It is scheduled for the Parsons School of Design’s Fashion Exhibition Center at 560 Seventh Ave. here and is being sponsored by Redken, a hair care company.
Most of the lines at Girls Rule are targeted to a younger, more cutting-edge shopper, according to Darren Greenblatt, an accessories designer and one of the show’s producers.
“Girls Rule is to showcase young designers who are designing affordable clothes for their peers,” said Greenblatt. “These are lines that sell at Urban Outfitters, or on the junior floor of Bloomingdale’s, but they’re not just manufacturers doing knockoffs. The designers are concerned about things like fit and construction and fabric, and they have a collection done around a theme,” Greenblatt noted.
Greenblatt, who designs an accessories line under the Kabelwaer label, has taken part in all four editions of the show. He will introduce a line of contemporary apparel under the label Darren Greenblatt for Kabelwaer at the show.
Innovators on Seventh will have about 10 runway shows, said its organizer, Darnell Brewster. Participants are also invited to join in business seminars this month and in April. They will address such topics as sales, marketing, public relations, factoring, sourcing and financing, said Brewster.
Designers currently slated to show at Innovators on Seventh include Cesar Galindo, Spooky, Rodger Garry, Mad Couture, Magic NYC, Michael McCollum, Rochate and Epperson. The first show is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26. There will also be special events during the week, said Brewster.

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