Fashion Week Moves Out of Bryant Park and Designer Jason Wu Bows to Anti-Fur Pressure

How’s this for one packed headline: “New York Fashion Week to Leave Bryant Park, Macy‘s Cuts 7,000 Jobs, Jason Wu Postpones Fur Line.” Whew. Granted, the Wall Street Journal headline wound up being for a bunch of different short write-ups and links to several other stories, but how often in one week do you see several big announcements made in such close proximity to one another? Fashion Week organizers have indeed decided that it can no longer work with all the back and forth they’ve experienced in dealings over the years with the Bryant Park Corporation, so they’re taking their show to the Lincoln Center and try and figure out from there where to go next for future events (assuming designers don’t just stop going like many already have). The second big piece is that, yes, Macy’s is the latest to be run over by the economic steamroller and as such, will be starting layoffs and freezing raises immediately. And last, bowing to anti-fur pressure from the likes of Perez Hilton, the designer made famous by Michelle Obama on inauguration night, Jason Wu, has decided to put any and all projects he’s been working on that include fur on hold:

“As a result of increased interest and demand from our global retailers, we’ve decided to put our fur license on hold and concentrate on our growing ready-to-wear business,” Wu said.