Alexander Wang is the Latest Designer to Opt Out of NYFW

Alexander Wang is the Latest Designer to Opt Out of NYFW

The designer is now set to showcase his new collections in June and December.

The designer is now set to showcase his new collections in June and December.

Text: Megan Armstrong

In a surprising turn of events, New York-based designer, Alexander Wang,  has announced today that he will be leaving NYFW following his FW18 show in February.

In an official statement, CEO Lisa Gersh (who took over for Wang as CEO last fall) explained the move: "Our customer will be better served through the new system. The innovative approach reframes product on the month that it ships, rather than the outdated labels of Resort or Pre-Fall, giving our customers more relevant and consistent merchandise throughout the year."

Wang himself noted that, while this move feels sudden from the outside, those inside the brand "have been exploring many different approaches to our product launches through collaborations such as Adidas Originals and special capsules to measure customer response. Our shows will reinforce our brand's DNA to our global customers and fans while we continue to be focused in our product offering," he continued. "This new cadence will allow us to speak to our global customer in different conversations that are not limited to just fashion week twice a year."

He follows other major players in leaving New York Fashion Week behind, as Rodarte and Altuzzara have both left for Paris. Public School announced its departure from NYFW in December, citing similar direct-to-consumer reasonings as Wang. The designer is now set to showcase new collections in June and December.

Credits: Photo via @alexanderwangny

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