Many designers know who their customers are and they are seeking out more traditional and direct ways of communication with them. The trunk show is back - really it was never gone but it was always available to the loyal private customer.
Lots of boutiques do trunk shows or in-store fashion shows. I’ve been to several trunk shows at Browns and Caroline Charles has been doing in-store fashion shows for years. Recently I attended a trunk show at the Dorchester for Sonia Rykiel.