Yet another designer is exiting the official New York fashion week calendar, and it’s a big one. The Cut reports that, staring with the Spring 2019 season, Alexander Wang will show in June and December during pre-collections season, and furthermore, he’ll consolidate his main line and pre-collections and produce just two collections per year.
Yes, this means no more epic #Wangfests during NYFW, which is sad for everyone except the people who have the cover shows the next morning, but the move speaks to the increasing number of designers opting to forgo the traditional calendar to align with the delivery schedule in stores and thus increase sales.
WWD noted that the CFDA is apparently toying with the idea of forming a separate calendar for the summer and winter seasons (yes, you read that right) to accommodate brands aligning with this sort of schedule, though CFDA president Steven Kolb told the trade this idea is purely “hypothetical.”
Still, the shift punctures yet another hole in New York fashion week, which has already lost a day and a slew of heavy-hitters like Rodarte, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, and Thom Browne to Paris. Wang fans can rest assured they’ll get one final night to booze it up, listen to rap, and gorge on fast food at an undisclosed location on February 10.