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New York hosting 2016 fashion merry-go-round

New York hosting 2016 fashion merry-go-round

NEW YORK: The twice-yearly style orgy that is New York Fashion Week which was to kick off on Thursday evening when the booted and suited rush to catch sight of collections for spring-summer 2016.

Hollywood stars, buyers and fashion editors from across the planet descend on Gotham to admire the most coveted talent in US design dominated by the likes of Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.

New York puts the first spin on the merry-go-round that is the new fashion season, followed by turns in London, Paris and Milan.

While Paris reigns supreme in the couture stakes, New York is flush with cash. Fashion is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and Fashion Week brings with it about $547 million in direct spending. Here’s what you need to know for the 300 shows in the week ahead before the juggernaut shifts across the Atlantic

French fashion giant Givenchy is unveiling a ready-to-wear collection for the first time in New York, and on Sept 11 — the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic, known for pushing boundaries, is putting the event together with designer Riccardo Tisci, a favorite of power couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

The theme will be “Celebration of Love” and it will also mark fashion director Tisci’s 10 years producing men’s and women’s collection for Givenchy, part of the LVMH luxury goods stable. Givenchy is giving out nearly 1,000 tickets for ordinary people who sign up online in an attempt to broaden its appeal beyond the narrow corridors of fashionista power.—AFP

Published in Dawn, September 11th, 2015

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