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Fashion Week has sneaked up on us once again, so quickly, in fact, that I’m already late for a show! So let me tell you a few things we’re looking forward to during the fall collections that kick off in New York City with a bang today.
The big news at the beginning of the week is that Mayor Bill de Blasio is making a fashion statement. Oh no, not that kind. He’s announcing a new program of manufacturing and production initiatives designed to help the city’s apparel industry, which has seen a rapid decline of jobs in those sectors over the last few decades, since most clothing today is made overseas. As we’ve seen from previous administrations’ efforts to boost the Made in New York effort, it won’t be an easy tide to turn, but the ability to produce clothes close to where they are designed is a critical need if the city is to keep attracting and developing new talents.
And isn’t that what New York fashion is all about? News!
This city has more young design stars in it than the other fashion capitals combined. Joining their ranks this season is Peter Copping, the new creative director of Oscar de la Renta, who will debut his first collection for the house on Tuesday. Copping comes from Nina Ricci in Paris, where he established a strong reputation for creating clothes that looked both feminine and modern, so pretty much everyone is looking forward to seeing what he’ll bring to de la Renta.
Recognizing that anticipation, the house started releasing video clips yesterday with behind-the-scenes footage of Copping at work. So far, he has sketched a dress that may or may not have flowers on it!
So be sure to stay tuned for non-stop InStyle coverage of Fashion Week, including daily reviews, videos, and everything else you’ll need to know to stay one step ahead of the season.