Jeremy Scott has canceled his upcoming runway show in New York, in a move that will significantly weaken the American fashion catwalk season. Instead, the Kansas-born designer will stage future shows in Paris, beginning with haute couture in July.
Scott had been scheduled to show on Friday, February 7 at 8pm, which effectively made his catwalk event the first major show on the official calendar of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the governing body of fashion in the United States.
“Jeremy Scott will no longer be showing his Fall Winter 2020 collection during New York Fashion Week. In a move to pay homage to the city that launched his design career, Jeremy Scott will show his upcoming collection in Paris in July,” the designer announced in a terse statement.
Back in 1997, Scott made his show debut will his fledgling signature brand in a bar near Bastille and showed in Paris until 2001, when he left to live in Los Angeles.
Though the 45-year-old designer did not explain the reasons behind the cancellation, his move will in part be seen as a reaction to the decision of the CFDA’s new chairman Tom Ford to move his own show from New York to Los Angeles this coming month. Ford will stage his show at 7pm local time, in other words, what would have been three hours after Scott. And two days before the Academy Awards in LA.
Given Ford’s connection to the movie industry, his show risks overshadowing the whole NYC season, and certainly Scott’s show, which in recent years has been the opening anchor event of the season in Manhattan.
Scott’s departure will further diminish the season in New York, which will already be missing some of the biggest designer brands in America. Ralph Lauren still has not revealed his plans and is not currently listed on the official CFDA schedule. Tommy Hilfiger will be busy showing in London with his latest See Now Buy Now show. And Calvin Klein has not shown on any catwalk since firing Raf Simons two years ago.