Finally, New York Fashion Week may have found a permanent home.
After getting the boot from Bryant Park in 2009 and being targeted by a lawsuit against Lincoln Center in May, the biannual event is being welcomed by the Hudson Yards with open arms, according to Women's Wear Daily.
“In all likelihood, Fashion Week will come to Hudson Yards. It needs a permanent home,” Jay Cross, president of Hudson Yards, said during a preview of the development on Tuesday.
The Hudson Yards redevelopment project sits on the largest piece of undeveloped property in Manhattan on 10th and 12th avenues from West 30th to West 33rd streets.The master plan includes office, retail and residential space in addition to parks, open space and the Culture Shed, where Fashion Week would take place.
The Culture Shed is a not-for-profit space being built with four runways, studios, exhibition space and outdoor and indoor space, Cross said.
“I am super excited about the Culture Shed,” CFDA chairman and iconic designer Diane von Furstenberg told WWD. “It will be a huge cultural center, and yes, a wonderful place for Fashion Week.”
The roughly $300 million project is privately funded, and von Furstenberg is working as head of its board and is leading efforts to raise money. In addition to Fashion Week it will be used for concerts, awards ceremonies and other events.
Steven Kolb, chief executive officer of the CFDA, said that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city officials are supportive of Fashion Week's move.
A projected opening for the Culture Shed is 2017, and von Furstenberg told WWD most of the funds have already been raised.