It is official! After being booted from Lincoln Center as of this year, New York Fashion Week producer IMG has settled on not one, but two new locations for New York Fashion Week: Skylight at Moynihan Station at 360 West 33rd Street in Midtown, and Skylight Clarkson Square at 550 Washington Street in SoHo. Neither space is new to fashion — both have played host to many shows over the years, including Kanye West’s Adidas launch, and runway shows for the likes Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, and more.
A third option of erecting tents in TriBeCa is also said to be in the discussion. As WWD noted, even before NYFW was ousted from Lincoln Center, many designers had become disenchanted with the tents’ commercially overheated atmosphere and had already decamped to other locations. Spring Studios, Park Avenue Armory, ArtBeam, Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, Skylight Modern and even the Duggal Greenhouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard were among this season’s venues.
Ultimately, the New York shows are expected to move to the Culture Shed, which is part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project. While the completion date was initially projected around 2017, informed sources indicated that’s way off and it will take much longer—possibly till 2019 or later—to finish the project.