Is New York Fashion Week Dying? – BizBash

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For Coach’s Fall 2018 presentation, hold Feb 13 during Basketball City, Beckman combined an scary indoor timberland with flickering televisions dotted around a space.

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As has been a trend in new years, some-more American conform designers are going rogue. From foregoing normal runway shows in preference of see-now, buy-now presentations to display in other countries to going off schedule, many brands and houses are tugging on a thread that used to connect New York Fashion Week.

For example, this year, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Altuzarra, and Thom Browne all opted out of display in New York, while Lela Rose employed influencers and bloggers to indication her Fall 2018 pieces for an Instagram show. Zac Posen dressed Katie Holmes in his Fall/Winter 2018 collection for a array of conform editorial-esque images in lieu of a runway. Even Kanye West ditched his must-see Fashion Week spectacle. Instead he went low-key, regulating Instagram and his mother Kim Kardashian to foster his new buy-now Yeezy collection.


So what will a Fashion Week of a destiny demeanour like? The answer has large implications for a city and a eventuality industry. A 2015 research by a New York City Economic Development Corporation showed that New York Fashion Week generates tighten to $900 million any year (more than a U.S. Open or a New York City Marathon), with $532 million entrance from caller spending; a twice-a-year eventuality attracts some-more than 200,000 attendees. As for a cost of a shows themselves, designers can compensate on normal around $200,000, including a cost of production, PR, models, venue, and stylists. Venues can operation in cost from $15,000 to $60,000.

“It’s critical to make a large splash, to make a large statement.”

Fashion and eventuality attention insiders envision that amicable media and record will continue to be an unstoppable, pushing force in a prolongation and expenditure of shows.

“The connection of record and a conform attention will continue a pointy ceiling trend, as designers continue to crave innovative and enchanting methods to strech their patron base,” pronounced Laurie DeJong, C.E.O. of LDJ Productions. And that tech change will go over simply posting to Instagram. “The use of protracted existence and live, clickable calm that consumers can correlate with will expostulate sales in all communication points—runway, online, social, and in-store.”

For example, Rebecca Taylor teamed adult with Tilt Brush by Google, a virtual-reality app that allows users to “paint” a three-dimensional space, for her Fall 2018 presentation. The immersive Rebecca Taylor x Tilt Brush designation during her meatpacking district store in New York featured light-infused 3-D projection mapping that was extended with Tilt Brush and special effects by protracted reality.

“This is a initial genuine try into Fashion Week,” Tory Voight, engineering module manager of VR for Google, told Fashion Unfiltered. “We’re always looking for how a products can exist in a genuine world, not only to intensify experiences, though to be used as a apparatus for designers.” Adding, “we’re unequivocally meddlesome in how New York Fashion Week can, with technology, deviating from a normal of a runway uncover to something a small some-more insinuate like this.”

Interestingly, while some are blaming a arise of tech and amicable media for a approaching genocide of Fashion Week, it might indeed be creation it some-more significant.

Set engineer Stefan Beckman, principal of Stefan Beckman Studio, believes that since consumers are observation conform on their phones, “it’s critical [for brands and designers] to make a large splash, to make a large statement.” Beckman, who designed shows for Tom Ford, Coach, and Marc Jacobs during February’s Fashion Week, is famous for formulating buzzy, ‘Gram-worthy events. Plus, he combined that shows will sojourn applicable because, as imitation promotion declines, “the need for that amicable media participation and a uncover is only as critical as ever.”

In a sense, designers are apropos calm creators by adding some-more digital-friendly elements to their events. “Most designers or houses or brands wish their runway show, though they also wish something else [such as backstage lookbooks], that turn some-more resources for them to use possibly on amicable media or other outlets,” Beckman said.

Yudit Svirsky, partner during Six Wings Events, pronounced her team’s idea when producing events is to find out “what will inspire a guest to take their phones out of their pocket.” The New York-based boutique event-planning group designed and constructed a Café by Papyrus during Spring Studios during Fashion Week, that authorised guest to sequence a coffee, squeeze a snack, and mail a Papyrus label to family or friends.

“Given what we know about a energy of amicable media and a impact on a expansion of a conform industry, change is inevitable, that can wisely be used to a advantage,” Svirsky said. “Whereas creativity might have once dominated a catwalk, a destiny of New York Fashion Week will truly consolidate creation as eventuality planners and conform designers dream adult novel opportunities to inspire assembly rendezvous and precedence a energy of amicable sway.”

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