Betsey Johnson, Carmen Marc Valvo cancel Bryant Park shows
Betsey Johnson's most recent fashion show, left, and Carmen Marc Valvo's, both at Bryant Park
Two of New York Fashion Weeks biggest names have canceled their February shows in Bryant Parks tents: Betsey Johnson and Carmen Marc Valvo.
Shows in one of Bryant Parks three tents can cost upwards of $100,000. Johnson and Valvo both usually show in the largest venue.
We are choosing not to show under the Tent, which seats over 1,000 people, due to the uncertainty as to how many editors and buyers will actually be traveling to New York for the collections, said Frank Pulice, a spokesman for Valvo.
Pulice said Valvo, a 10-year Bryant Park vet, will have a showing of some sort in New York, and that his team is exploring many creative ideas. That could include a traditional runway show or a presentation of clothing in a more informal environment, such as a party.Johnsons office did not return a request for coment.
In response, IMG, which runs New York Fashion Week, released the following statement: "We fully realize and expected that the economy would effect some designers ability to present a full-on runway show this season. However, we have requests from many other designers who have not shown in the tents in several seasons taking those time slots. As soon as the schedule is confirmed we will share all those names in early January. All indications point to a full house at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in February. We are also still trying to identify and create a 4th venue for 'presentations' in or very close to Bryant Park."