PAMELA DENNIS PASSING RUNWAY FOR SHOWROOM

Byline: Leonard McCants

NEW YORK — Pamela Dennis is foregoing a formal runway presentation during New York fashion week in favor of a showroom presentation of her fall collection.
Additionally, sources said, Randolph Duke will apparently not stage a presentation of his eveningwear line during 7th on Sixth. Instead he is considering a show in March. Officials from the company could not be reached for comment.
As for Dennis, Susan Sokol, president and chief executive officer, said the presentation will start Feb. 15 and last for two weeks at the firm’s 550 Seventh Avenue showroom and will give buyers and the press the opportunity to touch and feel the collection up close.
“Given Pamela’s attention to detail, we feel her collection is best seen in a more intimate setting,” Sokol said in a statement.
The runway show was scheduled for Feb. 12 at 11 a.m.
Pamela Dennis and Randolph Duke have joined a growing list of Seventh Avenue stalwarts who will not be staging a formal — and expensive — runway presentation.
As reported, Vera Wang is focusing her attention on an upcoming wedding book, Bill Blass is passing after the dismissal of head designer Steven Slowik earlier this month and Nicole Miller is opting out of the tents. The trio will each hold informal presentations in their showrooms.
John Bartlett is also foregoing a formal runway presentation and instead is scheduled to show his collection in a presentation on Feb. 10.

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