What’s changing at New York fashion week? Well, we already know that it’s one day shorter and that Tom Ford is being added to the calendar, but big news broke today about yet another NYFW shakeup: Altuzarra has announced that it will move its show to Paris for Spring 2018, following a string of other designers like Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, and Thom Browne, who are ditching New York for the French capital.
“I was born and raised in Paris and the city holds a very deep personal significance for me,” Joseph Altuzarra said in a statement. “This has been a dream of mine since the very beginning and now the time feels right.”
He added that he was invited by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode to show, as Rodarte and Proenza Schouler were for the recent Fall 2017 couture season. “This move reinforces Altuzarra’s brand identity and signals its intention to accelerate its international growth,” the brand stated.
Since the launch of his label in 2008, Altuzarra has been a pillar of the New York fashion community, including the CFDA, which awarded him with the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award in 2014. His show each season has been a hot ticket among editors, and his glamorous-yet-wearable collections have often incorporated elements of his multicultural upbringing.
In that regard, Altuzarra’s move to Paris is a pretty substantial loss for New York, which has recently felt both bloated and turbulent, despite the increasing number of designer exits and hiatuses. A need for a bigger international presence is certainly valid, particularly if sales expand beyond the American market. But you have to wonder: What is happening to NYFW? Watch this space.