Just because women have stopped buying shoes doesn't mean they're unwilling to drop a couple hundred bucks for tickets to a runway show. American Express told the Wall Street Journal yesterday that they sold 97% of their $150 - $250 Fashion Week packages within five days. Most of those tickets are to Diane von Furstenburg's show - not the Fall 09 show editors and buyers are attending but a totally separate event with a runway full of Spring 09 looks. As in, the looks you can already pre-order on DVF's website. Which means the highlight of the show isn't the collection itself but rather the life discussion Diane's going to have with Andre Leon Talley prior to the show during which we really hope she addresses exactly which life lessons she's gained from being on The City. Anyway, we digress. In other American Express loves Fashion Week news, they've recruited polar opposites Tory Burch and Philip Crangi to hold trunk shows in their VIP tent at Bryant Park. Between Diane's walking catalog and Tory selling flats on location, AmEx is working their hardest to turn what is essentially a fancy industry trade show into a store. And so far, it's working.
Fashion Week Scheduling Battle Resumes as Paris Refuses to Move Show Dates
Thought the fashion month show scheduling nightmare was over? Nope, it just got way more complicated. France's Chambre Syndicale has been weirdly quiet while New York, London, and Milan have been battling over show dates. Until now, that is. They just dropped a bomb that essentially pits New York against the rest of the fashion world. If you'll recall, the latest development seemed hopeful for a scheduling resolution: New York agreed to move its spring show dates back to September 6, 2012, and Milan and London agreed to a subsequent second Thursday of the month New York start date for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. But Milan had two conditions: They wanted New York to cut its fashion week by one day so that editors could make it to London's menswear shows (which are usually eclipsed by the first day of Milan shows), and that all the cities--Paris included--had to agree. Well, Paris doesn't agree.