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Who knew the writers strike had such a long reach? According to Davis Factor, co-founder of Smashbox Studios, which partners with IMG Worldwide to produce Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the weaker fashion week line-up can be traced to the challenge of the fall season and the WGA writers strike, which ended in mid-February. Factor told the LA Times: "I think we have taken a bit of a hit from the writers strike. It affected a lot of people in our business. But as long as we still have a table, we can put food on that table, and that's the important thing." And when he says "food," of course he means fashion, which is really the important thing. [LA Times]