ADRIANNE Public Relations

Fashion Update: Empty Tents, Unemployed Editors and Bill Blass Closes

In Fashion on January,2009 at 8:29 pm

The economic stresses of our country has contaminated the fashion industry and everyone from Vera Wang to Macy’s has been affected. Last month fashion publications all over the web were reporting that many designers have cancelled their shows in the Tents at Bryant Park. This lineup included Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan, Vera Wang and Carmen Marc Valvo. Other possible withdrawls are J. Mendel, Monique Lhuillier and Reem Acra.  Bill Blass has finally closed its fashion house and Macy’s closed 11 stores.

Choosing to present at a smaller venue is nothing new for DKNY. Even though they observed their 20th anniversary in Bryant Park, they have also exhibited their collections at Lever House, Pastis and the Weiss Studio. It was reported in WWD that they are planning to show their sportswear label on February 15th at the Stephen Weiss Studio and the Donna Karan Collection on the 16th. The shows are scheduled for 1pm and 2pm respectively. Vera Wang will show at her new downtown store on Mercer Street at 9am on Feb. 19th. On Tuesday, Dec. 16, Vera was quoted saying:

“It seems relevant today. I don’t want to seem irrelevant or unaware of what’s going on in the rest of the world — not just the fashion world. I finally made the decision last night based on many, many things. The intimacy of a smaller show feels much more appropriate for these times. I say that as a business owner, as a designer and as a person.” read more

“We fully realize and expected that the economy would effect some designers ability to present a full-on runway show this season. However, we have requests from many other designers who have not shown in the tents in several seasons taking those time slots. As soon as the schedule is confirmed we will share all those names in early January. All indications point to a full house at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in February. We are also still trying to identify and create a 4th venue for ‘presentations’ in or very close to Bryant Park.”

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