One of the biggest problems that plagued New York Fashion Week attendees in the past is its lack of centrality. Despite tents being headquartered at Lincoln Center (and Bryant Park before that), plenty of designers both big and small chose to take their presentations elsewhere—as far out as (gasp) Brooklyn—leaving editors languishing
on the subway in gridlock between shows.
So when show organizer IMG partnered with Skylight to secure two new homes that each contain two "raw" presentation areas that designers could configure as they please, that put an end to the mad Manhattan dash, right? Wrong.
Skylight at Moynihan Station (the former midtown post office) and Skylight Clarkson Square (the Soho home of this summer's men's fashion week) will play host to "a lot less" designers than Lincoln Center did, Skylight Group CEO and founder Jennifer Blumin told Fashionista. The specific number of shows that will be held here wasn't specified; WWD reports that 76 shows took place in the Lincoln Center tents last year.
"It was time to iterate what fashion means in the present day, in the age of Instagram and street style and all of those things," Blumin told the site about the appeal of the new homes. "Our venues create dialogues, they have a past...It's a constantly evolving city, so a post office can become a runway."
As for where those who don't want to turn a post office into a runway will go? Still with Skylight, maybe: Blumin said that other designers not under the IMG umbrella are signed on to show at the company's other spaces. Does that mean Anna Wintour et al. could be headed to the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower? TBD.