Emily Bode is jumping across the pond to show her spring collection and will make her runway debut in Paris next month, WWD has learned.
The New York-based designer’s presentation of her heritage-inspired men’s wear has been a staple of New York Fashion Week: Men’s since its launch in 2016. But the declining significance of the shows and the character of the company’s business led to the decision.
Paris Fashion Week’s organizers are expected to make the announcement of Bode’s participation today.
“The majority of our distribution is in Europe,” Bode said. “And we wanted the buyers and press to see the collection. We’ve been selling via line sheets and post-show, so we thought it was important to embrace the opportunity and make the jump to Paris.”
Bode is the latest designer brand to abandon the struggling New York spring calendar. The official schedule released Wednesday by the Council of Fashion Designers of America is anemic, with only around 20 men’s presentations and shows, nearly all of them emerging or little-known designers.
“I’m super-grateful to New York Fashion Week: Men’s,” Bode said, “and I’m excited to see what Tom Ford has in mind for September.”
She said she’s been in discussions with Vogue’s Anna Wintour and will definitely participate in New York Fashion Week in some way in September.
“The CFDA has a lot of support in September,” Bode said. “I won’t do a show because the market is already closed. But as an American brand, it’s really important to be a part of the events here and continue the relationship.”
That being said, Bode said she plans to continue to show her men’s wear in Paris and will return there in January.
She’s also excited about staging her first runway show, calling it the right move for the “evolution of Bode.”
Bode was born and raised in Atlanta and studied in Switzerland. She developed a folklorish eye for design at The New School, where she completed a dual degree with a BFA from Parsons in men’s wear design and a BA from Eugene Lang in philosophy. After working in the design studios of Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren, Bode created her own brand in July 2016. She was the first female designer to show at New York Fashion Week: Men’s and was the runner-up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award.