Has New York Fashion Week Found a New Home?
Looks like New York Fashion Week might be moving on down to the West Side. According to WWD, the major fashion event may be headed to the yet-to-be-built Hudson Yards, a privately funded facility located on West 30th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. So, why the change? Jay Cross, Hudson Yards president, told WWD that after traveling from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center, NYFW needs a more permanent home that can cover all its needs. Hudson Yards will include a Culture Shed, which sounds like the arts and crafts studio at a sleepaway camp, but is really a giant structure complete with four runways, numerous studios, an exhibition space, and a 140-foot-high canopy that slides along tracks to create both indoor and outdoor space.
It's not confirmed yet that Hudson Yards will be the new home of NYFW, but if CFDA chairman Diane von Furstenberg has her way, confirmation will come soon. Von Furstenberg is heading the private fundraising for the Culture Shed, and told WWD that she thinks it will be "a wonderful place for fashion week."
Even if NYFW does pack its designer bags and head to a new home, it shouldn't start packing quite yet. Hudson Yards isn't expected to be fully operational until 2017.