Hurricane Irene Wreaks Havoc On The Fashion Week Schedule

Yesterday Marc Jacobs postponed its fall show. Today Theyskens’ Theory did the same. This all begs the question: why don’t designers have their shit together?

Time and again, we’ve heard tales of designers working on their collections up until the very last minute, literally sewing stitches seconds before a model walks down the runway. This is something that doesn’t make a lot of sense! Designers know they’ll be responsible for collections every September and February (or October and March, depending on where they show). Does nobody plan ahead, or at least allow time for unexpected hiccups?

Theyksens’ Theory was moved up 28 hours, but Marc Jacobs moved its show from Monday to Thursday. Jacobs and Robert Duffy even considered canceling the whole thing! Alas, the show will go on, and it will be livestreamed for those jetting off to London Fashion Week. As per Duffy:

“We lost the weekend with the hurricane. We also lost time with the earthquake [last week], when the building was evacuated and no one came back to work. That lost time is impossible to make up without pushing the show back. Our entire sample room — most of the people live outside the city and they couldn’t get in here this weekend, nor would we have wanted them to. If there’s a risk, people want to be with their families.”

Designers are totally like college students! They procrastinate! In a bad way! We’re getting hives just thinking about it! Granted, whipping up clothes is entirely more fun than pulling an all-nighter in the library. But still! It’s sort of insane to think that prep time isn’t more thoughtfully scheduled, right?

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