February 5 - New York Fashion Week attempts to return to its exclusive roots. Sharon Reich reports.
Fashionistas beware -- the event of the season is getting a makeover. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York is returning, but this year it's going back to its exclusive roots. Jarrad Clark, the vice president and global creative director of IMG Fashion. (SOUNDBITE) Jarrad Clark, the vice president and global creative director for IMG saying (English): "We reduced the capacities, which means the designers now have a slightly more edited list of who is coming to town. It's up them to invite who they would like to come to their show. But we've made that somewhat easier." While it will be tougher to snag a ticket to a show, organizers expect eyes to stay peeled to a live online feed of the runway. The Tents at Lincoln Center will now have 3 runway spaces and a new venue called the HUB for emerging talent. And if you're wondering what colors you'll see most for this Fall/Winter season -- Laurie Presseman at Pantone has been working that out with designers. (SOUNDBITE) Laurie Presseman, Vice President of Pantone Color Institute, saying (English): "The values will change, but the purples will continue. The blues, also another strong family that we have seen being very very important for a while. You were seeing blue replacing black as your more evening shade. Black was stepping back. All out of sudden black was now once again sophisticated and unique and blue took on that role, especially the darker blues. So blues will definitely continue." So looks like we'll see some moody hues ... Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York will start on February 6 and end on February 13.