Zac Posen announced today that he will not be showing at Lincoln Center per usual this New York Fashion Week, but has changed the venue for his fall 2014 collection to his Laight Street studio in Tribeca, according to Page Six.
The move will cut the attendee list in half — the Pavilion at Lincoln Center can accommodate 400, while only 200 people will be invited to the smaller affair at his studio. The reasoning behind the switch, according to Posen’s camp, is that this particular collection — inspired by America’s first couturier, Charles James — lends itself to a smaller, more intimate space. “Zac has always wanted to show his clothes in a smaller setting. He feels his studio better serves the collection. This decision was made because of the clothes. Zac wants to show the collection in the space where it was conceived, the place where the clothes were made,” says Zac Posen president Jillian Sinel.
The show, which did not have publicly announced venue until today (now we know why!), will still take place as scheduled on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.
A rep for IMG said that the organization “supports Zac and his decision.” Sinel added that the company is still “very much part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week,” and that the two are in talks to show the collection at a later date for those who will be shut out of the original viewing.
Fair enough, but we have to wonder if something bigger isn’t brewing behind the scenes. Since IMG announced a major makeover to its usual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week proceedings, more than a few designers have changed locations, including mainstays like Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg, who have both decided to show at Spring Studios.