The New York Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center are going to be emptier than usual in February when designers present their fall 2014 collections.
Not long after Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera announced their plan to show at an off-site location in February instead of at Lincoln Center as they usually do, two more designers have reportedly decided to move to another show space.
Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors might also be in search of a new space to show their upcoming fall collections, WWD reported.
Von Furstenberg's spokeswoman could not be reached at press time, and Kors' spokeswoman had no comment.
Herrera told the New York Times that she decided to look for a new venue to show at because Lincoln Center has "gotten too commercial, too much like a trade show." Wang told WWD she will show at a yet-to-be-disclosed location.
After a number of complaints from designers and other industry insiders, IMG Fashion, the company that runs New York's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, announced several major changes it plans to make in order to improve the New York Fashion Week experience.
These changes include stricter accreditation guidelines to make sure the individuals who are invited to shows during fashion week are "of value to the designers," a redesign of some of the on-site venues to make them more modern and price reductions for some of the other nearby spaces.
"It was becoming a zoo," Catherine Bennett, senior vice president and managing director at IMG Fashion Events and Properties, told WSJ.
"What used to be a platform for established designers to debut their collections to select media and buyers has developed into a cluttered, often cost-prohibitive and exhausting period for our industry to effectively do business."
Although a spokesman for IMG declined to comment about who would be showing at Lincoln Center in February until everything is confirmed next month, top designers and labels such as Monique Lhuillier, Tory Burch, Jill Stuart, Lela Rose, Milly, Nanette Lepore, Nicole Miller and BCBG are still expected to show at the venue.