Retailers, consumers and prices
Her popularity in Asia has helped designer Jill Stuart side-step some of the economic troubles plaguing her competitors, the designer told Reuters backstage after her Fashion Week show.
In fact, there was a separate guest list for Japanese media attending her runway show at New York’s Public Library on Monday.
Jill Stuart’s collection featured big shoulders, boots, tight leggings, cut-out details and very short dresses, a look she said was inspired by singer Cher.
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Models at New York Fashion Week are facing an even more competitive environment as many designers continue to down-size and opt for cheaper presentations over runway shows, said Marques Nolan, an agent for Code Model Management.
Model Emily Fox, backstage before the Academy of Arts runway show, said designers are holding less castings making it even more competitive than usual to get modeling work. It has also become more common for models to be paid in clothes rather than money, she said.
At New York’s semi-annual fashion week, Nicholas Kunz, who designs the Nicholas K line with her brother Christopher, gave some tips on how to weather a tough market:
Another designer at Fashion Week, Thuy Diep, who designs the line Thuy, said her company has trimmed their overhead by buying fabrics in New York this year instead of making the trip to Paris. She has also made it a point to make fewer rough drafts of her designs in order to save money. And even smaller details have not been overlooked for cost-cutting potential– Thuy said she is taking the subway instead of cabs, for example.
Sales are down, profits are off, but that didn’t stop discount retailer Target from throwing a big bash in Manhattan on Friday night to celebrate the launch of its latest designer collaboration – McQ by Alexander McQueen.
Timed to coordinate with Fashion Week and draw fashionistas in town for the shows, the bash took place in a huge downtown warehouse.
In its most obvious cameo, technology showed up at Vivienne Tam’s Spring 2009 show on Tuesday, where models sashayed down the runway clutching slim, red HP notebook computers instead of evening bags.
Manhattan is flush with corner stores or bodegas that are all too eager to meet the city dweller’s desire for a convenient place to grab a gallon of milk, a stick of gum or a pack of cigarettes.