Designer Donna Karan has long been vocal about her contempt for the fashion calendar. Before a panel in February she shared her solution for the misaligned deliveries and seasons, saying:
"It's very simple, we just stop. It is not nuclear science, it's really simple. We deliver Fall clothes in August like back-to-school, we change the calendar, we go to stores and say, 'Okay, no more getting Fall clothes in July or June so they're on sale in September when the weather hasn't changed. We have to go into a system where we're talking in-season. It's the way we eat, it's the way we dress, it's the way we think. We've conditioned the consumer to buy on sale -- I don't want to buy it full price because I can buy it on sale...We've turned our business into the white sale business."
So we are taking Karan's latest statement about fashion shows seriously. She told WWD she'd be open to sending models down the runway in Times Square on New Year's Eve. Karan remarked, "We could celebrate in season. In this economy, why confuse the customer?" We'll mark our calendars! Dibs on a front row seat.