Thursday, December 18, 2008

A void in Bryant Park this Spring


Every Spring and Fall celebrities, journalists and fashionistas flock to New York's Bryant Park for Fashion Week. Originally called Press Week, NYC Fashion Week began in 1943 as a small event for journalists, and has grown since then into an international event drawing thousands of people to the tents each year. Shows range from those of top American designers to newer up and coming designers. Between lighting, staging and accessories each fashion show runs up a bill of $100K to $200K +! 


right to left: Vera Wang, Betsey Johnson, Carmen Marc Valvo

It looks as if the economy has hit even the best of the fashion designers; recently Betsey Johnson, Carmen Marc Valvo and Vera Wang have all announced that they will not be showing at this Springs New York Fashion Week. Instead they will be holding a smaller, private show consisting of a guest list of 100 to 150 people.

This is a great loss for Brant Park this year, as all 3 of these designers draw a large crowd. Betsey Johnson's shows are known for their quarky, light-hearted feel; always pushing the boundaries of fashion. Let's hope things improve by the Fall, or we may see even more designers pulling out of the shows!