Each day that we get closer to New York Fashion Week, it seems that we learn about fewer and fewer designers that are actually showing at Lincoln Center. Labels have swiftly been shifting to off-site locations, such as Milk, Industria, and Eyebeam Studios, as well as other locations downtown, for some time now. Many young design brands, for instance, have been showing at Milk Studios for the entirety of their Fashion Week lives. So, while it is not surprising that most are continuing to stage their shows and presentations at locations other than Lincoln Center, some changes in the locales of others shows are a bit noteworthy. The Wall Street Journal’s Christina Binkley took to her Twitter last night to share some new updates: “Whoa. Michael Kors isn’t showing with IMG at Lincoln Center this NYFW. He’s moving downtown with the cool crowd.” She also noted a change in the official schedule for CFDA President Diane Von Furstenberg’s show: “Looks like DVF may also have defected from Lincoln Center.” According to the official Mercedes Benz Fashion Week schedule, DVF will be showing at 50 Varick Street, and also as of this season, Vera Wang will show at the Dia Center in Chelsea.
So, who else is moving? Young fur designer Brandon Sun, who had consistently showed at Lincoln Center up until this upcoming February, is showing off-site. As to why the designer, who used to head up the fur direction at J. Mendel and Oscar de la Renta before branching out on his own, chose to move off-site, Sun told us: “It was a difficult decision, but I felt the energy of the new space fit my aesthetic more closely.” And it seems many designers feel the same way. Alexander Wang, for instance, who is taking the most extreme stance, apparently feels that Brooklyn is a better locale for his show, which is set to move out of Manhattan this season.
Is this the end of NYFW as Lincoln Center was we know it. Maybe. Despite the rumors that she was leaving LC, Carolina Herrera is staying, as is Nicholas K, Rachel Zoe, Todd Snyder, Mara Hoffman, Tory Burch, Lacoste, Monique Lhuillier, Libertine, and Zac Posen. But honestly, how relevant is Rachel Zoe's collection?
So, while this may not be the actual death of NYFW at LC, the end is coming. At the Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars in October, Mayor Bloomberg was happy to share that NYFW’s new home will be the impending Hudson Yards, which is slated to be completed in 2018. Until then, it seems more and more designers are choosing off-site venues, as LC is a bit too “tradeshow” apparently. Also worth mentioning: the pending lawsuit that calls into question whether NYFW is an appropriate use of the land on which it is held. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in May by a coalition of residents and environmental groups, NYFW limits public access to the Damrosch Park. So, the there is a chance that the remaining designers will be forced to relocate, as well.