Fashion Week Downsized

Fall 2009 Fashion Week will hit Bryant Park in less than a month and designers, faced with a poor economy and dwindling sales, are running scared. Young designers have a difficult time securing the $100,000 necessary to show in tents, so well-known designers and bigger labels make up the largest group of casualties. After the jump, an update of who is showing where during Fashion Week.

  • Betsey Johnson and Vera Wang were among the first to reveal their smaller plans for Fashion Week. Betsey Johnson will present her line in a salon setting instead of her usual 1,000 guest fashion show in the tents. Vera Wang is also downsizing her usual fashion show in the tents. Instead, she will have a show with 14 or 15 models at her new Mercer Street store. The guest list will range from 100 to 150.
  • Monique Lhuillier will debut her Fall 2009 collection in a showroom.
  • Naeem Khan will also skip the tents for a more informal presentation.
  • The DKNY runway show will be replaced with a presentation.
  • Carmen Marc Valvo secured a free space, Citrine, for his three-hour fashion presentation.
  • Alexander Wang will show his collection at Roseland Ballroom, which costs $18,000 compared to $28,000 to $48,000 for the tents.
  • Peter Som canceled his fashion show altogether after Creative Design Studios dissolved their partnership.
  • Australian Sass & Bide won’t show at all for the second season in a row.
  • Temperley London has also canceled its runway show at the Bryant Park tents. Instead, the label will present its Fall 2009 collection via a day-long art installation that will feature a combination of five-minute films and mannequins dressed in the clothing.
  • Both Calvin Klein and Oscar de la Renta are bucking the downsizing trend and will have two fashion shows during Fashion Week.