Johnson, Wang Pull Out of NY Fashion Week
Two longtime New York Fashion Week designers announced recently that they will not be showing at Bryant Park in February for the Fall/Winter 2009 presentations.
Both Vera Wang, who has participated the last 4 years, and Betsey Johnson, who has been a staple for the past 5, have pulled out of showing their collections amidst the glitz and glam within the tents, opting instead to host more intimate fashion shows in smaller venues.
Johnson and Wang have both cited the economy as a major reason for this shift away from traditional fashion week showings.
She [Wang] commented to WWD, '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… 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.'
By staging her show in-store, the designer will be able to cut the amount of models she uses by at least 10, and will limit her guest list to just 100-150. At the tents she would typically invite up to 900 buyers, press and celebrities to attend the show.
Designers Carmen Marc Valvo and Alice Temperly have also opted out of the NY Fashion Week proceedings in favour of a smaller venue presentation, and more are expected to follow suit - both in New York and in other major fashion week desitinations around the world.
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