It’s that time of the year again. NYFW will be back at its finest from September 7th – 14th, 2017. Most designers will showcase next season’s Spring/Summer 2018 Collections but with the trend of showing in season creations, I am sure that some creatives will also present fall and winter items this September. With much confusion and complaints surrounding NYFW I would like to bring in some clarity with this short post.
Let’s dive right in! So there are 3 main umbrellas: NYFW the Shows produced by IMG, the same company that produced Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Then there is Style Fashion Week who is also the major player during LA Fashion Week. Last but not least I have to mention Fashion Gallery New York Fashion Week which produces more intimate fashion shows ideal for designers’ debut in the fashion capital. Some designers such as DVF produce their runway presentation independently from all 3 umbrellas. Many complained that NYFW was too spread out throughout New York City but it seems that show producers took note of this and adjusted accordingly. Most of NYFW the Shows will now take place at Skylight Clarkson Sq on 558 Washington Street. It is not impossible to attend shows of NYFW the Shows, Style Fashion Week and Fashion Gallery New York Fashion Week you just have to plan very thoroughly and prioritize.
Now how do you get in?
You have to be invited by the designer
Contact the designer’s publicists and submit ticket request (comment below if you need a template on how to approach publicists)
Apply for press credentials
Volunteer in order to start building relationships with producers, backstage crew, and designers
The more established designers primarily show during NYFW the Shows, emerging and independent designers present during the other two fashion umbrellas. All productions are top notch and you will be pleasantly surprised about the quality of emerging designers, various Project Runway Allstars such as Korto Momolu and Dallas based celebrity designer Esé Azénbor have showcased during FGNYFW. If you are looking for a comprehensive schedule of all 3 production companies check out Fashion Week Online.
This was short and sweet let me know if you guys have any questions. I can definitely help you plan your trip and possibly get you into a show or two 😉
It’s official, the German luxury automobile maker Mercedes Benz has officially dropped out as New York Fashion Week’s title sponsor. Mercedes Benz has announced it will continue its efforts in supporting the fashion industry and therefore remain sponsor of Berlin’s and Sydney’s Fashion Week. The reasons behind the lost sponsorship are unconfirmed, but the absence of major design power houses such as DVF and Michael Kors in recent years may play a significant role in such matters. As a consequence there will be a small name change of the week long fashion production. After February 2015, the fashion spectacle will simply be referred to as New York Fashion Week.The traditional fashion festivities in New York won’t stop of course. CFDA and IMG (international media company and mastermind behind the international fashion spectacle) have agreed to move Fashion Week to Culture Shed downtown, but with projected construction work until 2017 another strategic move had to be executed in order secure New Yorks Fashion Week’s survival. IMG has voiced its plans to acquire long-term competitor MADE Fashion Week, which provides designers a more affordable platform to expose their creations to the New York Market. To let the numbers talk real quick: MBFW charges designers anything from $75,000 to $500,000, whereas MADE Fashion Week supplies the venue, hair, make-up, lighting and seating for free.
It seems as the bad news just keep adding up for IMG, it has been confirmed that American Express has pulled out as a sponsor as well. The recent drastic changes of New York Fashion Week’s future started with a court ruling forcing the iconic fashion event to vacate Lincoln Center. This unfortunate outcome was the result of a law suit in 2013 against the City Parks Department for “abusing” Damrosch Park which is directly connected to Lincoln Center. It is still uncertain where the Spring/Summer Fashion Week will take place at in September, but fashionistas are expressing concerns in regards of Fashion Week losing its iconic flair without Mercedes Benz and Lincoln Center being part of the equation.
What do you guys think? I would like to know your thoughts so please comment below.