Isaac Mizrahi isn't the only name missing from the schedule this season. The Max Azria collection, which is the higher-end line produced by Max Azria the man, won't show in this upcoming New York Fashion Week (in seasons past, it occupied the 3 p.m. time slot on Sundays). Although one might assume it's gotten the ax due to the company's financial difficulties, but Azria's publicist assured us that they're just "evaluating" their design direction and have incorporated many of the looks into their BCBG Max Azria collection, which will show at its usual time.* Herve Leger, which is also owned by BCBG Max Azria group, is still set to walk on schedule.
Meanwhile, in lieu of their usual show or presentation, Vena Cava has confirmed that they're holding a very small "preview" of their spring 2012 collection before Fashion Week. Only friends and family (their moms, for sure) will be invited, but the label will release images to press afterwards. Usually this kind of downsizing is the result of financial difficulties, and last season their collection earned harsh reviews; hopefully they'll get back on track this year.
*This posted has been corrected to reflect statements from Max Azria's publicist.