nyfw changes official venues, as designers migrate to LA

Hopefully, it'll cut down on your Uber bills.

by Isabelle Hellyer
06 December 2016, 3:10am

Two months away from commencing, NYFW has announced a change in their official venues. In an effort to centralise the event — and cut down on guest's Uber bills — IMG will move toward West SoHo. The company (behind the modelling agency of the same name) handles the production of NYFW, while the Council of Fashion Designers of America controls the Fashion Calendar.

For the past three seasons, IMG have based the event in Skylight at Moynihan Station. However, construction at the site has made it difficult to access. "Fashion is about evolution and adapting to the needs of your audience," explained Catherine Bennett, IMG events' senior vice president and managing director. "As we strategised about next season, we decided to centralise our efforts at Skylight Clarkson Square."

Now, shows will be anchored at the Clarkson Square space, with select presentations taking place blocks away at Industria on 40 Bethune Street.

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WWD report that come February, other off-site shows will likely be held at Spring Studios, Pier 59 Studios, the Hammerstein Ballroom and the High Line Hotel. But most designers looking to branch away from NYFW have ventured much further from home: all the way to the west coast.

This season, Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger will show their collections in LA. In February, Hedi Slimane presented part one of his Saint Laurent womenswear collection at the city's Palladium theatre, with part two showing the following month in Paris. 

Tyler the Creator also presented his first-ever Golf Wang runway show in LA, at the inaugural MADE LA event. He was joined by Shayne Oliver, who presented his autumn/winter 16 men's collection at MADE, and Jeremy Scott, who showed his Moschino resort collection. It's safe to say with this new player involved — and the see-now-buy-now debate still raging — the fashion calendar will continue to shuffle. But hey, musical chairs is a fun game.


Text Isabelle Hellyer
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