Paris Fashion Moving Into The MeatPacking District?
April 7, 2009 by J.T.
There’s been murmurs of several top fashion house designers planning to make the bold leap across the pond, leaving the old Rive Droite for the more chic, “underground” Meatpacking district. Money not being what it used to be in the old days (i.e. in people’s pockets) designers are looking to cut costs and consolidate their resources to best serve their clients.
So why make the jump across the Atlantic? Simply put, New York has always inspired its citizen designers to hone their skills and innovate the best fashion, even when everything seems to be going downhill. From the 1980′sKoch high-crime years giving rise to L.E.S. stars Stephen Sprouse and Marc Jacobs, to the late 1970-80′s giving naissance to some of the best Halston pieces ever known. It seems that when the going gets tough, NY designers manage to deliver bolder collections, often immortalizing their brand. It’s with that in mind that we turn to the latest rumors of Parisian designers defecting to the Big Apple.
Whilst at the Forces For Nature benefit, honoree Stella McCartney spoke candidly with reporters on the red-carpet about bringing her runway shows to NY Fashion Week. Could this be an opportunity to seduce a wider U.S. audience with eco-friendly high-fashion pieces or a plot to plant trees in the increasingly common empty shops lining Madison Ave.? We certainly hope it’s the former because she may not have enough tress for the latter.
And as if having Her Royal McCartney-ness in our fair city was not enough, we hear that another great designer may be soon be hoisting moving boxes onto NY-bound Moishe Moving trucks.
The latest rumors being murmured by industry insiders is that the venerable Olivier Theyskens is in “advanced” talks to take over Halston come this summer ’09. If true, this would mark only the second greatest comeback for a fashion icon, following Nina Garcia‘s move to Marie Claire. Besides being Ms. Wintour‘s favorite number 2 (after Roger Federer), Olivier may live up to be beyond everyone’s expectations, reviving the designer-less brand and elevating past its French peers. Who knows, Olivier may take Halston into a brand new creative direction. Effortless goth-chic dresses anyone?
If all these rumors pan out to be true, the extra space at the Damrosch will certainly be put to good use.