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August 21 2014

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20 posts tagged "New York Fashion Week"

Manolo Blahnik Is in a New York State of Mind

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Manolo

Stateside devotees of Manolo Blahnik’s polished pumps, rejoice! WWD reported this morning that the Spanish shoe guru, who presented in London last season, will hop the pond in February to debut his Fall ’14 collection at a Chelsea gallery in New York. Carrie Bradshaw would no doubt approve.

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Two More Designers Said to Be Skipping Lincoln Center

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Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors

Are designers continuing to drop off the Lincoln Center schedule? Following news that Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera will be skipping the tents this coming season, WWD reports today that Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg could also be about to jump ship. While IMG announced plans earlier this month to make the Lincoln Center platform more affordable and less of a frenetic circus, it would seem that some of its longtime devotees are still skeptical. Whether dashing around town to multiple venues will make perennially grumpy editors and buyers any happier remains to be seen.

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Can New York Fashion Week Be Fixed?

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Vera Wang Spring '14The crusade to remedy the circus that is New York fashion week continues today. WWD reports that the CFDA has teamed up with Ruth Finley’s Fashion Calendar in an attempt to create a less manic, more comprehensive NYFW schedule. The project, which will debut this February, endeavors to fix scheduling glitches (i.e., prevent the overlap of major shows) and help editors and buyers to better organize their weeks.

In related news, despite IMG’s announcement last week that it will be revamping NYFW by slashing its size and doing away with “unessential” attendees, Vera Wang, who’s been presenting at the tents since the beginning, has revealed today that she’ll be skipping Lincoln Center and showing at a yet-to-be-disclosed location. This comes on the heels of Carolina Herrera’s suggestion to The New York Times that she, too, may be abandoning the tents. Indeed, the CFDA and IMG’s efforts to repair NYFW are noble and much needed, but the fact remains that the schedule is grossly overstuffed, and the distracting crowds are making it harder and harder for industry professionals to do their jobs. Will these fixes be enough to restore designers’ loyalty to the established runway platform? Tune in this coming February to find out.

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Big Changes and a Smaller Fashion Week

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NYFW

Change is a comin’ for Fall ’14. Today IMG announced its plans to revamp the frenetic circus that is New York fashion week via redesigned Lincoln Center venues with smaller audience capacities and bigger backstage spaces. The hope? That the update will reduce the presence of crowds, celebrity stalkers, miscellaneous non-fashion-related showgoers, aspiring street-style stars hoping to get papped, and general riffraff that often turns the delight that is NYFW into a bit of a hassle (to put it lightly) for buyers, journalists, stylists, and other industry professionals. Yesterday The Wall Street Journal reported that it’s going to be decidedly harder to get tickets this season. An IMG representative told the paper that media guests will be cut by 20 percent in an effort to focus on attendees who are “of value to the designer.” (Oscar de la Renta deserves a shout-out here—the designer lead the way by significantly reducing the number of guests at his Spring ’14 outing.) Less “valuable” fashion fans will be able to watch shows online, as IMG plans to live-stream as many runways as possible.

Also part of the revamp is the Hudson Hub—a space geared toward emerging designers. In comparison to the bigger Lincoln Center venues, which will cost about $45,000 a pop, the Hub will be priced at $15,000 per show. That’s a $3K price decrease from The Box, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s previous new-talent-focused venue, for which the fee was $18,000. The price dip is hardly competition for Made at Milk Studios, where the show space for lucky rising stars is free, but we guess it’s a start.

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Oscar de la Renta Refuses To Invite 20 Million People To His Fashion Show

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OscarOscar de la Renta is fed up. This season, the designer is slashing the number of invites that will be sent out for his Spring ’14 show—a move that follows his choice to host two back-to-back shows last season in order to accommodate more guests. “It’s important for [certain industry professionals] to look at the clothes and see them. They shouldn’t have to go through 30,000 people, and 10,000 who are trying to take pictures of all of those people who are totally unrelated to the clothes,” the designer told WWD. “When you do megashows, it loses the reason of why we’re showing…Why have 20 million people with zero connection to the clothes?” he added. A fashion show that focuses solely on the new collection? What an incredibly novel (and dare we say welcomed) concept.

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