In 1993, Fern Mallis created New York Fashion Week while serving as the Executive Director of the CFDA. Then known as 7th on Sixth, Fern’s goal was to create an organized, centralized presence in New York to give American designers a platform to compete with their peers in Milan and Paris. Held at the tents in Bryant Park, the international press came in droves and the rest is history. In 2010, the shows moved to Lincoln Center, where they resided until February 2015. Beginning in September, NYFW will be setting up new digs in two separate locations: Midtown at the Skylight Moynihan Station and in SoHo at the Skylight Clarkson Sq.
Despite the “official” locations, many designers choose to show at MILK studios and independent venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn instead, which means a packed schedule is nearly impossible for show-goers to manage. According to DKNY’s Aliza Licht, “There is no planet where every single designer is going to show in one space.” In this episode of theFashionDish, Aliza and Fern sound off on the subject.
Previously on theFashionDish: Insider Tips for Surviving Fashion Week
About theFashionDish, Season Three
On the final evening of New York Fashion Week Fall 2015, we brought together seven incredible, outspoken industry insiders for our third season of theFashionDish. Hosted by Robert Verdi, watch in the coming weeks as our Dishers debate a number of thought-provoking and often controversial topics, including size diversity on the runways, Instamodels and the theater of fashion.
About the experts:
- Robert Verdi (host) – Celebrity stylist, television personality and third-time theFashionDish panelist.
- Fern Mallis – Former executive director of the CFDA, host of Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis lecture series and author of the forthcoming book Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis.
- Aliza Licht – SVP Global Communications at Donna Karan International (best known as DKNY PR Girl) and author of the upcoming book Leave Your Mark.
- Nicolette Mason – Well-known fashion and beauty blogger and contributor to such publications as Marie Claire.
- Pandora Amoratis – Style director of OK! magazine, overseeing all celebrity fashion and beauty coverage.
- David Yi – Writer, editor and stylist, aka The Seoulcialite, who has been published in The Wall Street Journal, WWD, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Style.com and more.
- Kitty Cash – DJ, producer and esteemed tastemaker in the global creative community.