Nemo Be Damned! Fashion Week Goes Ahead As Planned

Not even Nemo can stop the fashion crowd. Billy Reid, Tommy Hilfiger, Rebeccca Minkoff, Yigal Azrouel, Monika Chiang, Tocca, Lacoste, Jill Stuart, Sun Jung Wan, Ruffian, Christian Siriano and Nautica, will be showing their collections as planned this afternoon, evening and tomorrow morning, respectively, when the storm is supposed to be at its worst, WWD is reporting.
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Not even Nemo can stop the fashion crowd. Billy Reid, Tommy Hilfiger, Rebeccca Minkoff, Yigal Azrouel, Monika Chiang, Tocca, Lacoste, Jill Stuart, Sun Jung Wan, Ruffian, Christian Siriano and Nautica, will be showing their collections as planned this afternoon, evening and tomorrow morning, respectively, when the storm is supposed to be at its worst, WWD is reporting.
Photo: Ashley Jahncke

Photo: Ashley Jahncke

Not even the snowmaggedon that is Nemo can stop the fashion crowd.

Billy Reid, Tommy Hilfiger, Rebeccca Minkoff, Yigal Azrouel, Monika Chiang, Tocca, Lacoste, Jill Stuart, Sun Jung Wan, Ruffian, Christian Siriano and Nautica, will be showing their collections as planned this afternoon, evening and tomorrow morning, respectively, when the storm is supposed to be at its worst, WWD is reporting.

The tents are staying open too.

IMG, which owns Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, released the following statement:

"We have been in constant contact throughout the night and into this morning with city officials, including the Mayor's office, the NYPD, Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), the Department of Sanitation and the Department of Buildings. As we stated yesterday, we have a proactive plan in place to deal with Nemo. That plan includes additional crews to help with snow, ice and salt maintenance, increased interior heating, among other precautions. We also have our tent architect and extra crews onsite to help manage our structure during the storm."

The show must go on--in some cases, with or without designers and editors. Jenni Kayne showed as usual this afternoon, even though she was stuck in L.A. after her flight got cancelled. According to WWD, a group of UK editors, possibly including Suzy Menkes, have been delayed in arriving to New York and will be missing shows.

Mostly, though, it's business as usual for designers and editors.

"I haven't heard of any designers cancelling besides Marc Jacobs which is understandable since he's missing pieces, but no: I don't know anybody who's going to give up their seat!" CNN's Alina Cho told us backstage at Jason Wu. Style.com's Tim Blanks also said he hadn't heard anyone was cancelling.

For some fashion week goers, not even a blizzard is a good enough excuse to sport sensible footwear and a warm coat: Our street style photog saw Michelle Harper wearing a bralette beneath her open jacket. And Leah spotted Tatler's Anya Ziourova walking through the inches of sleet into Jason Wu with sky-high satin armadillo-esque heels on.

While editors will still be clamoring for seats at big-name designer shows like Jason Wu, Rag & Bone, Billy Reid, and Prabal Gurung, some of the less-established brands are worried that their turn out won't be as good as last season. Kathleen Hou noted that today was a good day for those with standing tickets, as tons of seats are being left empty. One designer told us he's planning on sending cars to pick up some of the more important editors. Beyond that, he said, he's just hoping for the best. "There is no contingency plan."