Friday, May 25, 2007

Barely bikini there, he he

January 26, 2007 – It's a law of fashion, as well as nature, that where a vacuum exists, something must rush in to replace it. That's one reason why a growing number of enterprising newcomers are recolonizing the increasingly depleted haute couture schedule. Anne Valérie Hash was the first to spot the opportunity five years ago, and now she's been joined by London's Boudicca (who've relocated their show from New York) and Belgium's Cathy Pill. All three believe that they have a better chance of being seen by press and buyers in a relaxed week than they do during the overcrowded Paris ready-to-wear shows. And besides that—they were invited by the Paris Chambre Syndicale organization, which is consciously competing to bring young designers to the City of Light.