Today is the start of the Spring Summer New York Fashion Week 2018 for women… You may be thinking, isn’t that suppose to be in September? Why would they move it to June? And why move it to the same exact weekend as the Veuve Clicquot Polo Match and Governor’s Ball? All extraordinary fair questions. To explain everything that is happening to New York Fashion Week 2018 and all the drama (yes there is some mega tea), keep reading.
Why The Sudden Change?
It’s not a big secret that New York Fashion week has lost a lot of it’s appeal (and big name designers) in the recent years. To the point that most buyers, influences, and stylists opted to skip the first few days of NYFW and attended only the big name designers who show at the end of the week. In efforts to bring the hype back and hopeful designers such as Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, and Altuzzara, the CFDA decided a Summer/Winter fashion week would be better.
Who Decided This Was A Good Idea?
The CFDA held a meeting with all the designer members to vote on moving New York Fashion Week 2018 to June/December. This meeting was held in January, and apparently was met with enthusiasm. However, when it came time to actually signing up for dates to show during June, only a handful of designers put their name down. Of those who did sign up, they are either by appointment only or only showing resort instead of Spring Summer which was the initial deal.
The CFDA was vocally upset by the lack of participant in this June/December migration. An article can be found on WWD about their disdain. However, Alexander Wang decided to stay with his decision to show in June and is the front runner for New York Fashion Week 2018. Hopefully by having Wang commit, other designers will make the move in the future.
Who To Watch
Obviously, Alexander Wang is an exciting designer to watch as he showcases his Spring Summer collection tonight at 8pm EST. Other designers who will be showing their Spring Summer collections are Saint Laurent, Rosie Assoulin, and Narciso Rodriguez. A full calendar can be found here.
There will still be a September fashion week for those designers who decided to skip June.