Are smaller fashion shows the next big thing?
Oscar de la Renta is on board!
by Amy Wicks
For an editor, retailer or fashion insider, fashion weeks are a complex combination of: inspiring (the clothes, the new trends, the fashionable people everywhere!), wonderfully exhausting (try hailing upwards of 20 taxis a day wearing pointy stilettos — ouch!), and baffling (random celebrities in attendance delaying shows for requisite photo ops that sometimes leave us scratching our heads and wondering why?). But one thing that Oscar de la Renta feels is missing from the hoopla is a keen attention to the clothes themselves!
That's why the designer, who last season showed two 316-seat shows back-to-back to accommodate everyone, is now hosting just one show that seats 350 people.
He told WWD that “When you do megashows, it loses the reason of why we’re showing,” he said. "It’s important for [certain industry professionals] to look at the clothes and see them. They shouldn’t have to go through 30,000 people, and 10,000 who are trying to take pictures of all of those people who are totally unrelated to the clothes.”
Oscar wants those attending the show to see his clothes up close and take them in without having to fight for a seat or getting elbowed in the face (it's happened to me, by accident, of course, but it's no fun). He also knows that within a half hour, the rest of the world will be able to take in his work when it's posted online.
More from Glamour: The 10 Prettiest Hair, Nail and Makeup Looks for Fall 2013
While there's nothing quite like a big, exciting , blockbuster show, I can't help but wonder if smaller shows might be the next big thing. There are a handful of designers who choose to show on a more intimate level, and for them, it seems to work!
Katie Holmes has avoided shows altogether for her line, Holmes & Yang, “We’ll probably do something smaller, like in the hotel as we did in February,” Holmes told WWD. “We found that to be very effective. We’ve had great sell-throughs at Barneys. We’re having a good time.”
SJP favorite L'Wren Scott held a very intimate presentation in February, complete with waiters who served little tins of Petrossian caviar.
More from Glamour: Olivia Wilde's Dos and Don'ts of Getting Older
Meanwhile, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's label, The Row, picked an Upper East Side town house for their intimate presentation, but it could have just as easily doubled as a cozy spot for a cocktail party.
Do you like the idea of a blockbuster fashion show or an intimate one? Discuss!
Subscribe to Simply Chic | Friend us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Find us on Pinterest
Bing: New York Fashion Week September 2013
More from Glamour:
25 Celebrity Hairstyles That Will Make You Want Bangs
10 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Should Own
15 Hair-Color Makeover Ideas to Try in 2013
beauty tips and style advice
Average shoe size is up about two sizes since the '70s, study says.
They can't escape wedding season, so they might as well look their best.
Front-row style star Miroslava Duma just clears 5′, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon one-ups her—literally—at 5′ 1″, and fashion crush Rachel Bilson barely tops them both at a whopping 5′ 2″. But aside from standing at the diminutive end of the height spectrum, these three ladies have something else in common: the ability to nail every summer fashion trend. If you’re part of the petite girls’ club, take a look at these 12 fashion essentials—from closet staples to chic accessories—to keep you at the top of your style game this summer.
Quick, easy, everywhere-appropriate: There's no summer piece quite as versatile--or flattering.
These fresh, cute outfit ideas range from unexpected mash-ups to completely coordinated looks. What they all have in common is they'll get you out the door feeling totally confident.
Because it actually takes some makeup—maybe even a few false lashes—to look beautifully bare-faced.
Make a good impression by presenting the best form of yourself. Even when luck's against you--for instance, you encounter a huge zit the week before an important presentation--take action now. Here are fixes for your most common grooming mishaps.
Olivia Palermo isn’t the first star to wear a nontraditional bridal look! See more unique celebrity wedding dresses
We’re still dreaming about Olivia Palermo’s unconventional yet impossibly chic wedding-day ensemble. The shorts! The jutting tulle skirt overlay! The creamy cashmere sweater! Everything about this layered look is as trend-setting as it is unique.And though she may be the first star to walk down the aisle in shorts, Olivia isn’t the first celebrity to say “I do” in something nontraditional. Several boundary-pushing stars have skipped the all-white look, and instead opted for a colorful wedding dress.
Keep your tresses looking their best, even on the muggiest of summer days, with these tips
Wide-leg pants are blowing up. Six women show us how to style a pair by Lauren Ralph Lauren.
It’s the best and worst time to be a single girl in the dating world. On the one hand, past generations of women didn’t have the freedom, financial independence, access to birth control (depending on your state and employer, of course), or plethora of options to meet new people—online and off—that we enjoy today. On the other hand, they also didn’t have to worry about sexting, selecting the best selfie for their profile picture, or accidentally swiping right on a coworker.
If you’re anything like me, you probably haven’t gone anywhere near a hair accessory for years—save for the few stretched-out Goody elastics tumbling around at the bottom of your handbag, the slightly rusty bobby pins gathering dust at the back of your medicine cabinet or that scrunchie you use to pull your hair back when washing your face in the morning. For as long as I can remember, hair adornments have been slapped with somewhat of a childish reputation; when’s the last time you saw a girl over the age of 11 wearing a barrette or witnessed a woman past her teen years sporting a headband?