It’s a secret no more. After vacating Lincoln Center for good in February, IMG has announced that the next iteration of New York Fashion Week will have not just one, but two new homes: Skylight at Moynihan Station, the old post office on Eighth Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Streets that’s been mentioned in whispers the past few months; and Skylight Clarkson Square at 550 Washington Street, which is also the home of the first New York Fashion Week: Men’s in July.
“As IMG prepares to evolve New York Fashion Week, we are focused on creating the best possible experiences that extend beyond a physical location and moment in time,” IMG chief content officer Mark Shapiro told WWD, who first reported the news. “We’ve found a great new home for that in Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Square.”
Neither of these venues, both operated by the Skylight Group, are strangers to Fashion Week: Ralph Lauren has regularly presented his women’s collection at the Soho venue, and Rag & Bone and 3.1 Phillip Lim have shown in the midtown post office. Each space has two presentation areas described as “raw” by the paper, and their transformative nature could potentially bring perennial tent defectors like Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan back into the main fold. Smaller names that previously presented at Made Fashion Week, which IMG recently acquired, can show here as well.
IMG reportedly consulted several parties, from designers to journalists to show producers to the fashion-friendly de Blasio administration, before deciding on these locations. And while IMG declined to reveal just how long-term its stay will be at these two places (the vague term “multi-year” was employed), it’s widely expected that the shows will move to Hudson Yards’ Culture Shed in the coming years. The multi-purpose venue previously had a completion date of 2017, but now WWD reports that it might not be ready until 2019—at the earliest.
New York Fashion Week will begin presenting spring 2016 collections on September 10th and run through September 17th.