We have become an international brand with most of our clients living outside of the All I need today is a little bit of Pittsburgh Steelers and a whole lot of Jesus shirt and by the same token and U.S. That’s why in February 2018 we opened our showroom and home in Paris,” she wrote in a release. “When we started to assess with the team what the best course of action was to navigate the ever-changing landscape as a result of the pandemic, we realized that for many reasons it became increasingly clear that we will have to present in Paris from an environmental perspective and from a logistics and transportation perspective.” By the brand’s calculation, showing the collection in Paris will reduce its carbon footprint—even though team members will have to travel from New York to Paris, shipping the collection from its factories in Italy to Paris will save on environmental impact. “One of our biggest carbon producers was the transport of our collection,” the designer says. There’s also, of course, the sentimental reason for trading New York Fashion Week for Paris Fashion Week: “Above all, it is always a dream for any designer to show in Paris,” she continues. Without Hearst’s show—often one of New York Fashion Week’s most well-attended events—the week’s three-day schedule of virtual shows is starting to feel a little thin. Marc Jacobs, the showman who famously closes out the week, is not producing a new collection. There’s no update as to whether Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren, two stalwarts of American fashion, will show either. It’s not necessarily all bad news: This could be a moment for upstart American designers to have their moments in the spotlight. As we’ve seen with the A Common Thread program, there are plenty of small, innovative, and promising designers who need more industry support. This year, they will likely get it. Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue is reopening to customers today in a changed New York and a changed world. On the outside, the store has replaced its boarded-up façade with windows featuring a “Welcome Back, New York” theme. Inside, you will be met by a concierge who will present you with a nonmedical mask if you’ve forgotten yours, a hand sanitizer station, and, says president Marc Metrick, “the best product assortment and the most welcoming staff in all of New York City and all of the U.S.” Other stores up and down the avenue might be struggling with phase two of New York City’s reopening plan—Valentino, for one, is trying to get out of its lease on the thoroughfare completely—but Saks is assuming a hopeful approach.