After two turbulent seasons of designers switching schedules, locations, and production models, is the New York fashion week schedule—a sprawling eight “official” days, though events begin up to three days before—finally undergoing some much-needed reform? Sort of.
WWD reports that next season, the schedule will drop down to a tight seven days, and that Calvin Klein will kick off the proceedings.
Other big news about next season’s shows is that Tom Ford’s show slot has been announced. The designer, who has shown in London and L.A. for the past few years, said last month that he wanted a spot earlier in the schedule as everyone will still be in a “good mood,” and he has gotten his wish—Ford will present at 7pm on the first day.
The addition of Ford to a now-tighter schedule might seem to make NYFW jam-packed, but the past few months have seen a number of exits for the city. Thakoon and Hood by Air are both on hiatus. Rodarte and Proenza Schouler are headed to Paris. And those are just the ones that are confirmed changes—last season, Tommy Hilfiger showed in L.A., and Vera Wang opted to release images of her collection during Paris fashion week. Meanwhile, DKNY held showroom appointments rather than a runway show, as the brand is still without a creative director, so who knows what’s going on there. It seems that, despite the CFDA’s best efforts to wrangle designers, things are still in flux.
But don’t be too worried about all these changes, because Marc Jacobs, as always, will close the week. Everything is different, and yet, some things stay the same.
New York fashion week for the Spring 2018 season will begin September 7.