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No Runways on a Yom Tov

Fashion insiders face Koufax conundrum

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Designer Yigal Azrouel in June.(Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Whitney Museum of American Ar)

The earlyness of Rosh Hashanah 2010/5771 (three weeks from yesterday!) is wreaking havoc on New York City Fashion Week, whose early-September iteration—at which designers debut spring collections (confusing, I know)—is overlapping with the holiday. Various Jewish “industry insiders” are planning to sit out a couple days in observance of the yontiff (London’s Fashion Week will face a similar Yom Kippur problem). Even one of the designers, Israeli Yigal Azrouel, has had to reschedule a show. “Because New York is such a Jewish center, people have come to assume that things will get planned around Jewish holidays in a way that they wouldn’t be elsewhere,” said Izzy Grinspan, of fashion Website Racked.

I would make a joke, but I can’t improve on Andrew Silow-Carroll’s. “Wait,” he wrote, “I thought Rosh Hashanah WAS a fashion show.”

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Alphonse says:

I’ve been to Fashion Week and I dare say most of the Jews attending haven’t seen the inside of a Synagogue in quite some time.

Janet says:

I gather that Alphonse doesn’t understand Jews. The synogogue is only one way to celebrate or pray. The rest is spiritual, cultural and respectful of our heritage.

Dorothy Wachsstock says:

Anti-semitism is alive and well as Alphonse proves it. Can you look at a person and know how many times they observe their religion? Does he go to church every Sunday?

For those who do not pay attenton to what is happening in the world they better wake up since New Yorkers think that anti-semitism is gone as they are surrounded by so many Jews.

Let me reassure you…go to other parts of the country..anti-semitism..anti-Isael is alive and thriving.

Alphonse says:

I apologize to all if my comment sounded anti-semetic. Far from it, and, if it matters, I am Jewish and observant.
Fashion week and all it’s participants will go on despite it being the High Holidays proving my point that it just isn’t important enough to stand up for their religion.

Alphonse, Don’t apologize because of that rude response from someone who sees an anti-Semite under every McDonald’s sign. Your comment was funny and appropriate.

Hello, Came across your blog looking for style tips. Dont you just love the web!! Useful information everywhere, talking of which its Vogues 90th anniversary. Im of the opinion that they still lead the way for style, what do you think?

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