New York Fashion Week is getting a downtown-flavored makeover. Last month came the official announcement that the event would be leaving Lincoln Center after next season; today, WWD reports on further changes that await us come September. The week is moving to “a new undisclosed ‘downtown’ location,” per the paper — but it won’t be Hudson Yards, the widely tipped candidate for NYFW’s future home, because construction there is going on until 2017, and no one wants to see street-style stars falling into open manholes, after all. The interim location is anyone’s guess, and may end up being split between several venues, the paper’s sources say.
The paper also notes that IMG, the organization that owns NYFW, is in final negotiations to take over MADE Fashion Week, the Milk Studios–based branch of the week that has become one of the event’s main poles since beginning in 2009, with designers like Public School and Jeremy Scott showing there this past season. The takeover would be effective starting in September, and MADE partners Mazdack Rassi, Jenné Lombardo, and Keith Baptista would continue in consultant roles. And while Mercedes-Benz will no longer be sponsoring NYFW, a company spokeswoman told the paper, “Our relationship with fashion is not ending, and we do support fashion globally,” pointing to international fashion weeks like Sydney as an example.