Although 2016 is not over yet, we already have exciting news for the upcoming fashion season. It has been confirmed that Vera Wang will skip her New York Fashion Week fall 2017 runway show, to receive the prestigious Legion of Honor in Paris, in February 2017.
“This is definitely one of the major highlights of my life, my fashion life,” Wang said. “This, and the lifetime achievement award from the CFDA,” Vera Wang told WWD, revealing also the main motif behind her highly awaited fall 2017 collection that is, needless to say, Paris.
“It will be a bit of an ode to Paris,” Wang continued. “The biggest issue: Do I let the geography be the focus of the collection, do I base it on Paris, the history, or do I let it be my own imagination — my next collection but with a French accent? Those things are influencing me on that choice of director and art director. […] Probably, I would call myself the art director. Because it is really my story.”
Although not scheduled to be presented during NWFW in February, Vera Wang’s fall 2017 proposals are going to be unveiled exclusively online, in a very unique, one-of-a-kind formula, namely a short video. The show releases on February 28th and, as far as we know, Wang extremely enjoyed the idea, meaning we may even get more runway show videos in the future.
With the NYFW schedules being so busy and frenetic (it features more than 300 runway shows), and short fashion movies being all the rage now (just think Burberry’s experience!), we do get why Vera Wang opted to celebrate both her fall 2017 collection and Legion of Honor achievement in a more ‘intimate’ way.
“Part of the frustrating thing for me in New York, the calendar is so full now that it’s insane to try to get models and hair and makeup. It’s a battle royale for everybody – stylists, model agencies – everybody is just crammed in. The other part that has troubled me — not anything against the CFDA, because I have supported it – but there aren’t that many locations available. That’s a limitation when you’re trying to express a point of view, or you have a certain kind of girl in your brain, or guy in your brain,” Wang told Vogue UK.
As for the prestigious award – Chevalier of France’s National Order of the Legion of Honor, Vera Wang will be awarded by longtime friend and France’s ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud during a luncheon, the place and time of which are yet to be set. What we do know is that the presentation’s date coincides with the opening runway shows in Paris.
As of now, Vera Wang’s fall 2017 runway show is not the only one that is skipping NWFW. Such news comes, in fact, a few days after Hugo Boss’ cancellation from the NYFW schedule due to “strategic steps to orient its creation, marketing and communication activities more pointedly towards menswear”.
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