American Designers Pulling Out Of NYFW
Uh-oh, American designers are giving NYFW the boot!
Along the side of Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, and Thom Browne, Joseph Altuzarra announced that he’s ditching New York Fashion Week this season for Paris. Four designers opting out may not seem like a lot compared to the 65 shows NYFW typically holds each season. But, when those four designers happen to be the most influential labels on the calendar, then you begin to worry.
The most worrying aspect of the designers latest decision is the influence they may have over other labels. All it takes is one move from the greats before others begin to follow suit. The movement of withdrawal suggests that Paris is a better location to display fashion compared to NYC.
But, that's far from true according to Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA, the company that manages the city’s Fashion Week calendar. He shared with Vogue magazine, "New York is absolutely open for business; this is where you can grow your business. Not one of these brands would be able to show in Paris if it weren’t for New York. We helped support these brands, and they’re at the point now where they can go to Paris. There’s a sense of pride in that."
Kolb also indicated that these changes are just what come with the industry. Similar to fashion that is recycled and reinvented over time. “The truth is we’ve seen New York designers go to Europe and show, and [then] come back to New York.”
The good news is NYFW is prepared for the adjustments. Tom Ford will kick off the week on Thursday, September 7, and Marc Jacobs will close it a week later on Wednesday, September 13. Plus, Rihanna is returning with her Fenty collection. NYFW seems to be in good standing.