New York Fashion Week will split into a citywide event beginning in September. The WME-IMG event is leaving Lincoln Center, its home of five years, and moving to Skylight at Moynihan Station on West 33rd Street and further downtown to Skylight Clarkson Sq on Washington Street.
Skylight Clarkson Sq will get a test run this July, when it hosts the CFDA’s inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s—a first of its kind. Designers John Varvatos, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Billy Reid have reportedly signed on to present at the three-day event.
As for the women’s collections, New York Fashion Week is a show in transition. In December 2014, it was ordered to decamp from Lincoln Center after the February 2015 event as part of a settlement reached between the city and park advocates, that claimed the fashion event and its equipment harmed the public park. The move was followed by news that Mercedes-Benz planned on ending its run as the event’s title sponsor after the February shows.
In March, WME-IMG acquired Made Fashion Week, the New York-based show founded in 2009 as a means to spotlight emerging designers. Under the agreement, Made Fashion Week will remain separate from NYFW, but will work with WME-IMG to build connections and partnerships.