This year is the 40th anniversary of Diane von Furstenberg's iconic wrap dress. That, the designer says, is the reason she's showing her Fall 2014 collection off-site, instead of her usual venue, Lincoln Center.
As has been reported, she'll show at the up-and-coming Spring Studios in Tribeca. “My decision is purely because of the anniversary year,” she told the New York Times' Cathy Horyn. “I want to do something special." It makes sense -- there isn't much a designer can do to customize The Theater at Lincoln Center, where the seats and runway stay where they are, though von Furstenberg always did hang interesting objects (like lips) from the ceiling. An open floor plan venue like Spring Studios does, however, offer more options to "do something special."
The designer adds that it's just a one-time thing, and that she's "excited that they’re trying to get it together at Lincoln Center," something Carolina Herrera, who considered switching venues, and then changed her mind, is likely pretty jazzed for as well.
It's also worth noting that the CFDA, of which von Furstenberg is the president, recently announced that it would be joining Ruth Finley in taking control of the fashion calendar, in hopes of creating a more organized, cohesive and attendee-friendly experience. And since Lincoln Center is technically the official NYFW venue, it sort of makes sense that she would show there. And it sounds like she intends to return.
At least, that is, until the Culture Shed is up and running. Earlier this year, the CFDA began working with the Hudson Yards developers on the mixed-use space, which it hopes will become the new official, permanent home of New York Fashion Week.