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Nemo an unwelcome guest at New York Fashion Week

White was not expected to be a color of choice on the runways of Lincoln Center this week. On the contrary. At Richard Chai, one of the shows that helped kick off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, emerald and light forest greens were the most memorable hues.

Models present creations by Richard Chai. (Peter Foley/EPA)

But as photographer Nigel Barker pointed out on Twitter this morning, white (as in snow) is making an unceremonious appearance as a result of storm Nemo, which is predicted to dump 10 to 12 inches of snow on the city.


Designer Marc Jacobs was the first to announce a weather delay. WWD reports he will move his presentation from Monday night to Thursday at 8 p.m. due to missing bags, garments and two fabrics.

The change poses a tricky question for fashion week veterans — Jacob’s show is traditionally one of the most highly anticipated, though the new date will abut London Fashion Week, which starts Friday, Feb. 15. Marc Jacobs International president Robert Duffy apologized for the inconvenience.

But, the show must go on. Fashion Week organizers told the Associated Press they will bring in extra crews for snow removal and will turn up heat in the venues. And if past performances are any measure, we predict certain attendees will arrive in bare legs and shoes that could be labeled a safety hazard in icy conditions.

If nothing else, a layer of white may prove a glamorous backdrop for the thousands of street style photographs in the works. (See exhibit A from model Cocoa Rocha.)

Coco Rocha @cocorocha

Those hesitant to brave potential snowdrifts or who are marooned by cancelled flights can beat fashion deprivation thanks to a new live stream of all Lincoln Center shows.

Watch the video below for all of the  fashion trends without any of the unwelcome snow.

Cara Kelly manages the development of editorial tools and presentation for new products and user experiences. She previously worked in the Style section, following the completion of her MA in journalism at American University.



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