Change is in the air for Spring/Summer 2016, and we’re not just talking about the transition into a new season. With Fashion Month looming on the horizon comes a whirlwind of activities for the fashion brigade, as brands investigate new digital platforms for shows, designers send out their swan song collections before moving on to new projects, and some choose to not present at all. There’s a lot to look forward to this season, and Savoir Flair’s guide will point you towards the events you need to keep an eye out for as Fashion Month gears up.
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In order to celebrate the opening of a new flagship store in Manhattan, Givenchy trades Fashion Week venues this season, leaving Paris for New York City. The brand is also giving the public a rare opportunity to join in the festivities by allotting seats for the first 1,200 spectators to snag them online.
Tom Ford’s venue change should come as no surprise after his departure from London Fashion Week in favor of a Los Angeles location last season. For Spring 2016, Ford decided against showing in London once again, but has yet to confirm the new location and date for his upcoming show.
New York Fashion Week has officially moved away from Lincoln Center, which has been home to #NYFW every season for the past five years. Shows will now take place at Skylight at Moynihan Station Skylight Clarkson Square. London Fashion Week followed suit by announcing a move away from Somerset House to a more central location at Brewer Street Car Park in Soho.
During his few short years at Balenciaga, Alexander Wang managed the perfect fusion of heritage design and nouveau street-style renewal, but this season marks his last at the storied brand. Insiders say that his plan is to reinvest his time and energy into his eponymous label.
Fashion is always one step ahead when it comes to embracing the new and the visionary, which is why brands like Ralph Lauren are exploring new digital experiences for Fashion Month. This season, Ralph Lauren announced that it will be using Periscope to livestream its show from New York to an audience in London.
Tommy Ton’s amazing coverage of the street style outside the shows has been one of the highlights of Fashion Week ever since we can remember. This season, however, Ton will transition away from the street and will be capturing front-row footage instead, leaving us to speculate on whether or not street style coverage will be as popular this season.
After Donna Karan stepped down from her role at Donna Karan International, the LVMH-owned brand went on the hunt for a talented team to take over DKNY. It wisely selected Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, of the buzzed-about brand Public School, to take the helm at DKNY. Their much-anticipated first collection debuts on Wednesday, September 16.
Versus by Anthony Vaccarello also plays the game of venue hopscotch this season and crosses the pond from New York to London, where Vaccarello will show his collection for the brand on Saturday, September 19.
Chanel will also be opening its doors to the public during NYFW – not for a show, but rather a pop-up. The event will celebrate its latest collection of watches, entitled ‘Boy.Friend’.