This week Diane Von Furstenberg held a special meeting of the CFDA in New York to discuss the state of the American fashion industry. Falling sales, the rising cost of putting on fashion shows and what the consumer really wants from fashion now were all on the agenda.
Donna Karan declared ' we are now in crisis', while Anna Wintour, the infamous editor of US Vogue suggested the industry speak to their new friends in the White House about the current laws governing retail sales. (Really!)
Both Diane Von Furstenberg and legendary designer Betsey Johnson's ideas were a little less contentious but no less radical. They wondered, could fashion week be opened up to the public?
Johnson was quoted by WWD as saying, 'I would love to show at Madison Square Garden. I wish that fashion week, for the public, could be like Christmas. We could put green lights up green and pink [representing money and breast cancer, respectively]. I could completely have my showroom open to the public.'
In London, the British Fashion Council already offers the public the chance to be involved in London Fashion Week, although this doesn't mean just anyone can attend a fashion show.
Yesterday Caroline Rush the new joint CEO of the British Fashion Council told us, 'London has both trade and consumer events... London Fashion Weekend, immediately follows [London Fashion Week and] gives consumers access to a Fashion Week like experience.'
However letting the public in to London's catwalk shows is probably still a long way off.
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