“We’re looking forward to reintroducing the industry to a showcase of creative talent, style and innovation that made the New York runways famous. Part of this showcase involves staying close to inspirational hubs for fashion, art and music, and we’ve found great new homes for that in Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Sq,” said Mark Shapiro, chief content officer of IMG, in a statement.
The moves bring Fashion Week closer to the fashion houses themselves and also to the west side of the city, where many of the Fashion Week events had already migrated. IMG said the new spaces were chosen not just for the increased flexibility they offered but also because they bring Fashion Week closer to other cultural outlets and offer easier connections between the shows.
In December, Fashion Week was forced to leave its recent home at Lincoln Center after a settled lawsuit prevented the contract for the event from being renewed. At issue was that the Lincoln Center Park was not accessible to the public during February and September’s Fashion Weeks. At the time, IMG was looking for a new home for the event.
Skylight Clarkson Sq. is a 60,000-sq.-foot space in Soho once served as a station for the High Line train. The Skylight at Moynihan Station is the historic former James A. Farley Post Office on West 33rd Street and has more than 74,000 square feet of space. New York’s Empire State Development owns Moynihan Station.