Andrew Lockhart, one of the organizers of the Iceland Fashion Week, has apologized to the international fashion world for last weekend’s blunder.
Icelandic fashion from Triglía, Rokk og Rósir and Kron. The photo is unrelated to the story. By Páll Stefánsson.
Some designers, who were supposed to display their creations at the Ljósanótt festival in Reykjanesbaer, relocated the catwalk to the night club NASA in Reykjavík due to difficult circumstances, Fréttabladid reports.
“It had the potential to become a magnificent event and it should have been magnificent. I had made considerable efforts to convince journalists from various well-known fashion magazines and young talented designers to come here and therefore I am very sorry that it turned out this way,” Lockhart said.
Fréttabladid reported yesterday that designers were meant to prepare their models in leaky tents and that some of their garments were damaged as a result. The catwalk was allegedly nothing but soaked wooden pallets.
Some of the designers therefore decided, in disagreement with the Fashion Week’s director Kolbrún Adalsteinsdóttir, to relocate the catwalk to Reykjavík. Many of the foreign journalists were left in Reykjanesbaer, including Cator Sparks, who described the Fashion Week as “terrible.”
Lockhart agrees. “I have worked in the fashion business for 20 years and I have never witnessed something like this. But fortunately you can say that a new event rose from the ashes of Iceland Fashion Week, created by the young designers who displayed their work in NASA on Saturday.” Lockhart supported their decision to relocate the catwalk.
“I apologize for my part in this mess and I sincerely hope that the coverage of the Fashion Week in the foreign media won’t only focus on the negative aspects,” Lockhart said, adding that he won’t participate in organizing the Iceland Fashion Week again.