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DKNY cancels New York Fashion Week show

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DKNY cancels New York Fashion Week show

DKNY won't be showing at New York Fashion Week in February (17).

The brand is undergoing a major shake-up at present, following the acquisition of parent company Donna Karan International (DKI) by G-III International at the end of last year (16), and the departure of co-creative directors Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne from their roles.

With the dramatic overhaul, DKNY bosses have decided to forego its position on the New York Fashion Week calendar, according to a WWD report. However, there will be showroom appointments held instead.

The show had been slated for 15 February at 2pm, but the Council of Fashion Designers of America has confirmed that the slot hasn't been filled. Designer Derek Lam plans to start his presentation at 2.30pm.

Chow and Osborne confirmed their exit in early December (16), after the completion of fashion conglomerate G-III's $650 million (£514 million) acquisition of DKI from Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. The designers expressed their desire to refocus their energy on their own brand, Public School.

The presented their first collection for the New York-based brand in September, 2015 and were credited with bringing a more streetwise yet tailored sensibility to the brand, by revamping a working woman's wardrobe of pinstripes and dresses into more deconstructed pieces.

In addition to Chow and Osborne's departures, Caroline Brown, the CEO of DKI, also stepped down. She joined in January 2015, and quickly tapped the design team to join her as part of an effort to rebrand the iconic, but ailing label, which was first launched by designer Donna Karan in 1985.

DKNY declined to comment further on the decision not to show at New York Fashion Week.

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