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New York Fashion Week Tidbits: Zac Posen Downsizes Venue; Karl Lagerfeld to Make an Appearance?

>> New York Fashion Week is just about two weeks away, and the tidbits are flowing freely — a compilation of those so far:

Venue Changes

  • Zac Posen, who usually shows at the largest Bryant Park venue in Fashion Week's last evening slot, has switched to a 9 am slot at the much smaller Altman Building [Fashionista]
  • Organic, but not vegetarian: John Patrick is showing his eco-friendly Organic line in an upstairs speakeasy at iconic New York steakhouse Keens [FWD]

Alexander Wang bags a top-tier stylist »

 

Partnerships

  • Gucci is continuing their New York Fashion Week party tradition — but instead of brand ambassador Rihanna, Mary J. Blige will host [FWD]
  • Confirmed: Interview's Karl Templer is replacing Alastair McKimm as Alexander Wang's show stylist [Meenal Mistry Twitter]
  • Photographer KT Auleta filmed a video installation for Verrier [COACD]
  • Details are scarce, but Yoko Ono is collaborating with threeASFOUR on their presentation [FWD]

 

Rumors

  • Chanel is hosting a screening of Coco Avant Chanel Sept. 15: Will Karl Lagerfeld make a stateside appearance? [FWD]
  • Four words: "Karlie Kloss swine flu!?" [COACD Twitter] UPDATE: Karlie's agency Next has confirmed that she doesn't have swine flu.

 

Bands

  • Rachel Comey is showing on West Chelsea rooftop, and Annie Clark — aka St. Vincent — will be playing solo during the show [Style File]
  • French act the Plastiscines will perform at Alice + Olivia [Style File]
  • Last season, Phillip Lim had Lissy Trullie and her band playing live; this time, he's going with the ex-assistant of Michel Gaubert (runway soundtrack creator for a number of Paris's top shows), who will DJ for his solo debut [Meenal Mistry Twitter]

 

New designers

  • Katie Gallagher, former apprentice to threeASFOUR, Anna Sui [Paper]
  • Anna Larson, whose urban line Erro is focused on handwork: Bliss Lau helped hand-stamp some of her leather treatments [Style File]
  • Jeffrey Chow, a former Ecco Domini winner who has taken over at sportswear brand Poleci [Style File]
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