Big changes are abound this Fashion Week. Top designers like Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors are leaving the tents at Lincoln Center this season for a new venue called Spring Studios in Tribeca, while IMG is promising more exclusivity on access to Lincoln Center. But the biggest departure from seasons past has to be the news that came from Alexander Wang’s camp this morning. WWD is reporting (and the brand’s reps confirmed to us) that Wang is moving his show to — gasp! — Brooklyn this February.
The designer normally shows in the cavernous Pier 94 — which allows plenty of room for his conceptual sets and great acoustics for the booming bass of his soundtracks — on the West Side Highway in the 5 p.m. time slot on the Saturday of Fashion Week. He has also hosted shows in a number of other cool spaces, including Roseland Ballroom and the Cunard Building on Wall Street. For his Fall 2014 show, Wang will leave the borough altogether, and will set up shop at the eco-friendly Duggal Greenhouse, which is located right next to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The designer will show at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, opting for an end-of-day slot to minimize travel and scheduling conflicts. To aid in this transition, Wang’s designer BFF, Joseph Altuzarra (who normally owns that 8 p.m. slot) agreed to switch times with him. Now that’s love.
While this isn’t the easiest space to get to (not that it matters for most top-level editors who have drivers for the week), if there’s one person who can get the entirety of the fashion elite to Brooklyn on one of the busiest days of NYFW, it’s Wang.