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Talk of New York Fashion Week relocating to the city's Hudson Yards project on the far west side of Manhattan has been going on for years, but now rumors are starting to look like reality. Developers, in conjunction with mover and shaker Diane von Furstenberg, are at work on a Hudson Yards-based "Culture Shed" that will be outfitted with runway venues, studio spaces for presentations and a "dramatic 140-foot-high canopy that slides along tracks to create indoor and outdoor space." Though it seems very fashion-y, Hudson Yards' developer stresses that the Culture Shed is "non-denominational" and could host events other than Fashion Week.
A state-of-the-art venue built by request of a fashion person for fashion people? It sounds great, until you realize that the space in question is located on West 30th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues—a significant walk from the nearest subway stop in stilettos. In addition to being remote, the area is kind of gnarly.
Like it or not, it's coming with an estimated completion date of 2017. But will IMG, the owner of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and the rest of the industry get on board? That remains to be seen.
· Hudson Yards Has Eye on New York Fashion Week [WWD]
· Could Hudson Yards Really Get Fashion Week and a Nordstrom? [Racked NY]