"Ch-ch-ch-changes." That's pretty much the theme song for New York Fashion Week, spring 2016 edition, which starts Sept. 10 and runs through Sept. 17.
Sometimes change is good. One of the week's brightest lights may well be the Givenchy show . . . yes, Givenchy! For one season, the French fashion house and its star designer, Riccardo Tisci, are abandoning Paris to show in Manhattan. Slated for Sept. 11, with a party to follow, the show also celebrates the opening of a 5,000-square-foot flagship store on Madison Avenue.
But other changes are questionable, mostly having to do with location. For 20-plus years, the fashion flock has maintained a place to roost -- most recently at Lincoln Center, from which Fashion Week was booted in February. This season's shows -- while plentiful, with some 60 fashion-related events on one day -- are scattered all over town. WME-IMG, the entertainment and sports management giant that owns and administers the week, will operate in three major venues: Skylight at Moynihan Station, 33rd and 8th Avenue; Skylight Clarkson Square downtown on Washington Street; and the MADE venues at Milk Studios on West 15th.
That accounts for about one-third of the shows. Big guns like Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein will present their lineups at Spring Studio on Varick. A cluster of smaller designers has ganged up to present at Chelsea Piers, including Long Islander Mathieu Mirano. And some are just doing their own thing. Pamella Roland's luxurious collection will be the first and only presented at the new Whitney Museum of American Art on Gansevoort Street (being on the board has its privileges). And the hotly anticipated DKNY show will take place at the World Trade Center. It's the first collection for the brand's new creative directors, Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, founders of streetwear brand Public School. As for Donna Karan, who stepped down as chief designer in June, don't count her out. (Psssst . . . we think she'll make a cameo.)
Celebs will likely pepper the front rows and some are even putting on their own shows. Rumor has it that tennis star Serena Williams will work behind the scenes and take a bow for her eponymous HSN collection. Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine might just appear at his namesake brand's show for KMart. And Grammy-winning country music star Carrie Underwood, partnering with Dick's Sporting Goods, will launch a collection of fitness and lifestyle apparel called Calia by Carrie Underwood at HQ, another new venue for fashion week events.
Will the disparate locations make NYFW an NY nightmare? "I'm trying to be positive," says Fern Mallis, the original architect of New York Fashion Week. "But a lot of people are very leery about all the running around. After the season, it behooves the industry to sit down and make it what it's supposed to be: convenient and accessible."
For one season only, Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci brings his show to New York Fashion Week. We'll have to wait to see if Kendall Jenner hits the runway.