New York Fashion Week May Change In A Major Way

CFDA President and fashion world matriarch Diane Von Furstenberg thinks that the industry is “in crisis.” From showing clothes months before the season they’re meant for starts to overly commercialized shows, and a growing sense of boredom coupled with a shrinking number of designers showing in the tents at Bryant Park, something has to change.

Von Furstenberg, for one, is a major proponent of moving back the show schedule so as not to be ramming mink down buyers’ throats in the dead heat of August. While we can’t help but feel that would be an improvement, it would also mean that the lovely, early sales we’ve all come to enjoy, would be much later in the season and likely less discounted. Sad for us, good for the industry.

Another area for improvement is the indie fashion arena. We’re not saying that every Parsons kid with a pair of scissors and a big dream should have a show during fashion week, but there are some rather talented youngsters (think Jason Wu and Alexander Wang) out there who’d definitely inject a bit of life into the generally predictable show schedule. London Fashion week is known for their many shows by up and comers (like Christopher Kane and Matthew Williamson a few seasons ago) and their maverick attitude is luring now-established Brits back overseas. If the massive exodus of British designers from New York to London for next season–Burberry, Pringle of Scotland, Matthew Williamson, etc.–is an indicator, the UK’s less commercial take is something to strive for. Another area for improvement is the indie fashion arena. We’re not saying that every Parsons kid with a pair of scissors and a big dream should have a show during fashion week, but there are some rather talented youngsters (think Jason Wu and Alexander Wang) out there who’d definitely inject a bit of life into the generally predictable show schedule. London Fashion week is known for their many shows by up and comers (like Christopher Kane and Matthew Williamson a few seasons ago) and their maverick attitude is luring now-established Brits back overseas. If the massive exodus of British designers from New York to London for next season–Burberry, Pringle of Scotland, Matthew Williamson, etc.–is an indicator, the UK’s less commercial take is something to strive for.

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