>> The first official look at how Spring 2010 New York Fashion Week is shaping up will come Friday, when the first edition of the Fashion Calendar ships, but until then, we've got a few hints.
“There will be a lot more shows than last year," according to The Calendar's Ruth Finley, which means Anna Wintour won't be pleased. Last season, Anna said that "a lot of people before were having shows that simply shouldn’t have been having them," adding: "It’s much better to see them in the showroom or more of a low-key presentation. It’s more realistic." It seems like a number of designers didn't heed her advice — Finley says that this upcoming season, "There are a lot of new people [showing] you have never heard of."
And some you have heard of that are returning to the Tents »
As for the designers you have heard of, though Finley says as of yesterday, "Bryant Park is not completely booked yet,” but a number of designers are showing in the Tents for the first time. Derek Lam and Tory Burch just confirmed their first shows at the Tents, and Doo.Ri and Isaac Mizrahi are both allegedly Tent newcomers. Willow, Jen Kao, Tuleh, and Vivienne Tam are rumored to be returning to Bryant Park after showing in off-site spaces last season, while Betsey Johnson, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, and Carmen Marc Valvo are all continuing to stage presentations off-site.