>> Fall 2009 is "the make or break season" for small designers, according to Eric Wilson of The New York Times. Stores are reducing their orders by 20 percent or more for Fall, and some are already trying to cancel their Spring orders, which puts small businesses, especially those without independent financial backing, in a tenuous position. Basically, Wilson points out, "The more stores that close, the more designers will follow." And in show season, the cost of samples and putting on a show doesn't help with the strain.
>> THE ZIETGEIST —Everyone's hoping to stay in the black these days, the fashion flock included. At the Calvin Klein Pre-Fall presentation Tuesday, 28 out of 31 front row guests wore black; Eric Wilson likens it to "fashion's version of comfort food" — "the fashion crowd hasn’t looked this dark since the early 1990s." [NYT]