Yesterday, we were excited to report Alexander Wang’s plans to show his Fall ’14 collection in Brooklyn this coming Fashion Week, at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Seemed like an interesting move from a designer who’s lead most of the industry tends to follow. Well, if the Daily News is to be believed, we were alone in our principles.
Or, as the Daily News puts it, “Manhattan’s fashion industry elite is throwing Brooklyn some serious shade.” (For further gratuitous, incorrect use of the term, we’d refer you to the always-excellent blog White Girl Shade, but we digress.) One photographer told the paper, “It’s the biggest show in New York, so we’re all going to be covering it — we’re just going to be pissed,” and a prominent stylist added, “I don’t even go over to Brooklyn to visit my good friend.”
Which sounds a little dramatic, sure, but is maybe understandable enough. Interrupting a day of time-sensitive back-to-back events to trek to a relatively out-of-the-way location would be a little annoying. Getting on a train to see a person you consider a friend maybe less so, but to each their own. Regardless, the Daily News also notes that Wang is “the only designer—with the exception of Marc Jacobs—with enough star power to force top fashion editors to schlep across the bridge for a show.” Meaning, then, that we’ll have to wait and see if this marks the beginning of a burgeoning trend or is more of a one-off stunt. Maybe the former? Freshly-minted Borough President Eric Adams said, “When New York’s trend setters strut their stuff over to the Navy Yard, they’ll conclude that Brooklyn’s the best backdrop in New York City for fashion.” Well, sure.
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