Alexander Wang Is Leaving New York Fashion Week

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Alexander Wang at his spring 2018 collection during New York Fashion Week.

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New York Fashion Week is losing another designer. Starting this summer, Alexander Wang — he of late-night-party-in-Bushwick-post-bus-tour-fashion-show fame (at least last season) — has decided to move his shows from the regular February and September schedule to June and December. Which is to say, precollection time. Which is a kind of insider fashion season that no one else (especially not consumers) actually understands and with which fashion itself has an ambivalent relationship.

According to the company’s announcement, the move, which will also include combining the precollection and main collections into one, and dividing the label’s products into monthly deliveries (spread out between October-March and April-September), “is widely considered to be a transformative solution for the global industry, breaking out of the conventional fashion calendar.” It’s not specified who is doing all that considering, but let’s go with it for now.

In terms of real world benefit, this shortens the gap between initial product reveal and initial product delivery from six months to four, thus making consumers wait slightly less time for at least some purchasing satisfaction. It also means that if you follow the entertainment juggernaut that the ready-to-wear shows have become, there soon won’t be any #Wangfest to amuse you.

And it means that the shrinking of New York Fashion Week, which has implications for all sorts of local industries, including hotels, restaurants, transportation and florists, will continue.


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Alexander Wang: Spring 2018

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After all, Mr. Wang’s departure from the conventional fashion calendar makes him the fifth New York designer of his generation to depart from the official NYFW schedule, following Proenza Schouler and Rodarte, both of which now show during couture in Paris; Altuzarra, which moved to Paris Fashion Week; and Rag Bone, which put its show on hiatus.

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Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/fashion/alexander-wang-is-leaving-new-york-fashion-week.html

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