IMG Eyes New Fashion Week Venues
IMG’s contract with Lincoln Center expires after this round of shows, and sources indicated that the group is looking at three potential new locations. One is Skylight at Moynihan Station in the post office at 360 West 33rd Street; another is Skylight Clarkson Sq., a 70,000-square-foot ground-level space at 550 Washington Street in west SoHo (where Ralph Lauren has shown the last few seasons and where the men’s shows will take place July 13 to 16), and a third option would be erecting a tent on a pier in TriBeCa, according to sources.
The New York fashion shows are expected to eventually move to the Culture Shed, which is part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project. While it has been widely reported that the completion date should be around 2017, informed sources indicated that date is now seen as unrealistic and it will take much longer to complete the site. Sources say the Culture Shed might not be finished until 2019 at the earliest. Sources indicated that while IMG has looked at several spaces, it has not finalized a deal for any specific location. A decision is expected imminently.
Margherita Missoni To Launch Children’s Collection
Margherita Missoni is launching a collection for children, to be called Margherita. The logo is a smiling daisy — her name in English. The collection caters to boys from infancy to two years old, and girls from infancy to seven years old. Margherita will be available to consumers on March 7 through two exclusive retail partners, Nordstrom and its online store in the U.S., and Yoox.com globally. An event to celebrate the collection by the designer, who is expecting her second child, will be held in Paris on March 6, hosted by Yoox.
Giorgio Armani’s Acqua for Life Charity Serving 3 More Countries
Giorgio Armani’s Acqua for Life charity project, a partnership with Green Cross International, closed its fourth year in 2014 with the addition of Sri Lanka, Ivory Coast and Senegal to the roster of countries receiving aid, bringing the total to seven. The other countries are Ghana, Bolivia, China and Mexico.
Since its debut in 2011, Acqua for Life has generated about 140 million gallons, of safe drinking water for communities where it is scarce, using sales of Armani’s Acqua di Giò and Acqua di Gioia fragrances as fund-raising vehicles. In the U.S., Armani’s Acqua for Life campaign supports Unicef’s Tap project, which works on providing clean water and teaching safe hygiene practices to children around the world.
– Selicia A. Walker