By Sierra Petro
Those who entered The Stood on Saturday night were confused to not see anything in relation to the Persona Non Grata show planned for that night. The Stood was notified of the cancellation within an hour before the show’s planned start time, with no reason given on any of the brand’s social media pages.
Persona Non Grata’s creative director/Purchase College senior, Sean Ishikawa, confirmed the show was cancelled due to allegations made against him by another student. A model that walked the PNG runway last season and was booked for this one spoke on the quick deterioration of Saturday’s show.
Model Maya Lee said, “Models were mostly dropping out the day of the show after hearing of the allegations shared vis a vis a poster found at The Stood.”
A flyer posted at The Stood on Friday leveled several serious accusations at Ishikawa.
Ishikawa released a statement on behalf of Persona Non Grata to address the cancellation and alternative plans to release his latest collection.
“It is to my great dismay that Persona Non Grata had to cancel its NYFW runway show. Due to unprecedented and unforeseen circumstances the show and its entertainment feel best that a cancellation would best protect the brands and labels involved. We are extremely sorry for this inconvenience. PNG will be releasing its fw19 collection via digital look book and video during this upcoming Paris Fashion Week. Thank you,” said Ishikawa.
The PNG fw19 digital look book and video will be posted to Persona Non Grata's Instagram and Facebook pages. The Print will be posting further updates on this story.