There has been speculation for some time now that New York Fashion Week would have to find a new—and permanent home. New York City residents were upset that the biannual fashion event limited access to Damrosch Park, the park at Lincoln Center, known as ‘The Tents’ (after leaving Bryant Park in 2010). Enter a lawsuit… and Council of Fashion Designers of America president Diane von Furstenberg.
In 2006, the designer, who’s wrap dresses live in infamy, met with New York’s then-deputy mayor Dan Doctoroff and told asked him for a pier for fashion week, spawning the idea of the Culture Shed at Hudson Yards.
Though nothing has been confirmed, an off-the-cuff remark by New York’s present mayor Michael Bloomberg Tuesday night at the Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars, makes a move to Hudson Yards seem imminent. He called the downtown location “the future home of New York Fashion Week.”
Already the move has been meet with some pretty big financial backing. Coach’s CEO Lew Frankfort announced that the newly re-imagined lifestyle brand would donate $15 million to the project.
The Culture Center at Hudson Yards is, by DVF’s account,” a huge cultural center, and yes, a wonderful place for fashion week.” The CFDA’s CEO Steven Kolb echoed those sentiments saying, “Our interest is not in being producers of fashion week, but that the infrastructure complements the needs of designers.”
The new location would make a huge chunk of New York Fashion Week—being in transit between shows—a lot easier for the industry’s editors and buyers, placing all of the shows in one central place, relatively close to the designers’ showrooms and factories, not to mention the CFDA’s fashion incubator.
No word on when the move will officially be announced, but we’ll definitely keep you updated with the latest.