For the February 2009 shows when widespread downsizing was taking over a recession-bit Fashion Week, Vera Wang joined the ranks and decided to scale back on the venue and show her fall collection at her Mercer Street store. A longtime participant at the Mercedes-Benz tents, Wang was hoping to secure a spot in Bryant Park for the upcoming spring shows. Yet her decision to return came just a tad too late. By the time the designer had made up her mind, all the good spots in the tents had been filled. "We approached IMG about going back in the tents for the September show
at the end of July,” a Wang spokesperson said. “At that time, there was
no availability that would work for us.” Wang, who appears in the newly released public service announcement for "Fashion's Night Out", which was created to get the city excited about shopping again, says she is disappointed with how things turned out. “We really want to support the American fashion industry," she told WWD. Wang will stage her spring runway show at her Mercer Street store again but says she does expect to show in the tents next season.
In contrast, another designer who will definitely be appearing at the Mercedes-Benz
tents this season is Narciso Rodriguez. Rodriguez returned to the
tents last February after a several year sabbatical from Bryant Park.
Now, a mere one season following his return, the designer has been
picked as this fashion week's “Mercedes-Benz Presents” recipient. Rodriguez's Sept. 15th Bryant Park show will be highlighted and will receive the sponsorship of Mercedes-Benz itself. Former recipients of the award include Yigal Azrouël, Badgley Mischka, Chado Ralph Rucci and Monique Lhuillier.
Rodriguez has cited artist Barbara Hepworth's sculptures as the
inspiration for his singled out spring show, noting, “The
graphic shapes that are her work became a constant source of
inspiration while I sketched and created the coming season.”
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