We knew for a while that New York Fashion Week was leaving Lincoln Center, but yesterday’s news that the entire event had been booted from the facility did come as something of a shock, mostly for its abruptness. But word is IMG wasn’t going to renew its contract with Lincoln Center, so the hunt for a new location would have been on regardless.
IMG came forward yesterday to comment on the situation. “Lincoln Center has been a great home for the past five years, and we look forward to another world-class season this February,” it said. “However, as the fashion industry continues to evolve, IMG has been actively looking for a new home for NYFW that gives our designers and partners the best possible environment to share their creative visions. We look forward to sharing more details on our new home soon.”
Yesterday, it was announced that the New York City Parks Department, Lincoln Center and New York Fashion Week came to a settlement in court that would bar IMG from using Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park for non-park events past February.