By Anna Sekula with additional reporting by Courtney Thompson Posted February 18, 2009, 1:03 PM EST
NEW YORK Major players like Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, and Y-3 may have scaled back this season, but some labels with fewer Fashion Weeks under their belts are still trying to grab the attention of buyers and editors with thematic displays. Four Tuesday showings were examples of lesser-known labels looking to highlight their runway shows with interesting motifs and novel decor.
Diesel's Black Gold collection at the tents used a live jazz band to evoke the Depression and underscore the rumpled, distressed look of its fall line. Late in the afternoon, Trovata filled Midtown West's Focus Studio with hundreds of scented candles in glass votives and clustered long branches of cherry blossoms around the entrance to the runway. At 7 p.m., just nine blocks from the tents in Bryant Park, G-Star Raw packed the Hammerstein Ballroom for its usual spectacle, complete with multiple runways and Benicio Del Toro reading Joy Division lyrics. And on the Lower East Side, the San Francisco-based duo behind Nice Collective staged an exhibition inspired by The Time Machine inside the Angel Orensanz Foundation.