We expected changes for Fashion Week and it looks like some of the details are now leaking through. According to WWD sources, Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors will be leaving from Lincoln Center to Spring Studios in Downtown Manhattan.
The changes come after IMG Fashion who runs all major shows at Lincoln Center announced that they would be more choosey about invitations. “It was becoming a zoo,” Fern Mallis, former head of IMG Fashion and creator of New York Fashion Week said about the bloggers who were attending. “What used to be a platform for established designers to debut their collections to select media and buyers has developed into a cluttered, often cost-prohibitive and exhausting period for our industry to effectively do business.”
Even with IMG adding more spaces for shows, lowering prices for designers and installing bigger backstage areas, it looks like some of the bigger names are still pulling out. In addition to DVF and Kors, Calvin Klein will be moving his show to Spring Studios for the second year in a row. Younger designers like Alexander Wang and Alexandre Herchcovitch have been showing at lofts throughout the city, showing the continual shift.
All of this amounts to a larger conversation in the shift in Fashion Week from a exclusionary culture to a public, city-wide occasion. We’ll be standing by to see how everything plays out.