10 Jan NEW YORK FASHION SHOWS PLAN THEIR NEXT VENUE LEAP. OR DO THEY?
Bryant Park. Lincoln Center. Skylight Moynihan. Skylight Clarkson. Spring Studios. The questions (and comments) are still flying. Where will New York Fashion Week fashion shows finally plants their roots? It’s been a hot conversation topic in the fashion world that the final destination would be an incredible new 200,000-square foot structure called The Shed. But are these rumors really true?
The Shed’s Bloomberg Building is a state of the art venue that seeks to cater to an artists’ exhibits by having the ability to shape-shift, move and transform so that patrons can have a unique experience with each visit and the artist can design his or her environment suitable to their artistic vision. The Shed is eight stories high and includes two galleries totaling 25,000 square feet. There is a 500-seat theater that can also be re-designed for smaller boutique events with the Tisch Skylight serving on the top floor for events and artist rehearsals. The Shed is located on West 30th Street between 10th and 11th avenues and will have its opening season starting April 5.
“We have built a home where established and emerging artists working in all disciplines can create new work in ways that we cannot even imagine,” said Alex Poots, artistic director and chief executive officer of The Shed.
Rendering of The Shed
So does this mean New York fashion shows will bounce yet again? With the beauty and artistic experimentation of fashion shows in recent years, this venue would be a fine choice to continue the innovation of Fashion Week and fashion shows. The rumors have been flying but there has yet to be any confirmation from any participating entities, leading some fashion fans to believe that there may be some surprises in store. Or – maybe not.
When Steven Kolb, chief executive officer of the Council of Fashion Designers of America was contacted via email, he had this to say. “As I’ve said that in the past, we don’t produce shows. We are the official organizer and schedulers of New York Fashion Week and accompanying shows throughout the city. Actual production venues vary, with IMG hosting a significant number of shows. That’s a question for IMG and The Shed whether they plan to work together or if the Shed has their independent plans.”
“We are hosting NYFW: The Shows at Spring Studios this February, and our focus is on the upcoming season. The Shed is an exciting new development with incredible potential to enhance New York’s culture, and we’re confident many of our talent at Endeavor, whether with IMG or WME, will perform or engage with the space.” said Ivan Bart, president of IMG Models and IMG Fashion Properties.
Versace Fashion Show
A spokeswoman for The Shed had no update about Fashion Week or any follow up comments about the possible collaboration. Still, rumors are spreading due to aspirations (from both fashion professionals and fans alike) to showcase fashion talent and shows in this new, state of the art facility. For now, the powers that be are either holding tight to information for secret reasons or simply put, there truly are no solid plans to execute this suiting collaboration. Stay tuned to Style Lush TV as this story develops.
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