New York Fashion Week: Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors Leaving?

More Designers May Leave Lincoln Center

 
by Pablo Avion

More designers are poised to leave Lincoln Center, according to a report in Women’s Wear Daily.

Vera Wang and Caroline Herrera have already announced plans to show offsite at undisclosed locations. (Technically, we couldn’t find the actual story confirming Herrera’s departure.)

But now WWD discloses that Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors may be next.

(The precise source according to WWD was “reports.” Technically, “came reports.” Sort of the same construction as “hung by the chimney with care,” but without the magic and wonder.)

Sort of like “hung by the chimney with care,” but without the magic and wonder.

But why, you ask? Apparently there have been complaints that this fashion week business was becoming too commercial. Although last we checked fashion itself was somehow involved in commerce (we seem to forget how, but maybe we spend too much time obsessing on why our electric candles never seem to keep a charge — what’s that about?), it’s reasonable to assume that things may be running a bit fast, and maybe just a hair short of “amok.”

It’s reasonable to assume that things may be running a bit fast, and maybe just a hair short of “amok.”

Apparently the cost of a show at Lincoln Center is high; we don’t know how high: but to us, anything over ten thousand dollars is high, so we probably aren’t the best people to ask.

We were getting to something here, but now we’ve forgotten what.

Right! Fashion Week should be exclusive. Fashion Week should be sexy. Fashion Week shouldn’t feel like an airplane terminal, with QR codes and sterile queues. (Though sterile queues, it must be admitted, are preferable to filthy queues.) So we understand where both IMG and the designers are coming from.

Fashion Week should be sexy.

We admit that we miss the New York Fashion Week of legend, as impractical as it seemed to be. (Although we also miss the grubby New York of “Take A Walk on the Wild Side” and “Andy’s Chest,” but for all the complaints of New Yorkers, no one seems desperate to bring it back.) Watch the 2012 movie The Tents, and you’ll see what we mean. Trekking from loft space to gallery to museum, up precarious staircases and through winding hallways. It was cool, sexy and fun.

Although we also miss the grubby New York of “Take A Walk on the Wild Side” and “Andy’s Chest.”

Heck, it almost seemed like Paris Fashion Week.

So what does the future hold for New York Fashion Week? We don’t know. But one thing’s for sure: Fashion itself will continue. And that’s something to get excited about.

After all, it’s still Christmas.

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More Designers May Leave Lincoln Center. Maybe New York Fashion Week will become chaotic, grubby and / or cool again. Sort of like Paris Fashion Week.

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