New York Fashion Week will be sadly bereft of its regularly packed party schedule. Marc Jacobs has canceled his postshow party, one of the most anticipated of the season. Calvin Klein has nixed its usual postshow dinner or party. Reasons for the cancellations are unspecified, but we all probably have a good guess as to why. Earlier this week, we learned Alexander Wang would forgo his typically sweaty night of revelry, not because of the economy, a spokeswoman said, but to bring focus back to the clothes.
So where will Fashion Week attendees show off their evening harem pants and drink away the immense stress brought on by sitting and looking at fabulous clothes all day? Giorgio Armani will celebrate the opening of his giant new Fifth Avenue flagship on February 17 — probably the biggest party this season. Diane Von Furstenberg will host her usual party for friends and family at her studio and Narciso Rodriguez will have his typically casual postshow dinner for friends, family, and editors. Matthew Williamson will also fête the opening of his first U.S. flagship, in the meatpacking district. But all in all, this Fashion Week will be pretty quiet. Indeed, it’s hard to celebrate when so many companies are laying people off. We’re okay with a few fewer parties. Still, we urge the Champagne companies to still sponsor the shows themselves.
PARTY ON [WWD]