Is Brooklyn the New Manhattan?
It was the cry heard ‘round Manhattan, as fashion plates scowled – Alexander Wang is moving his show where? Yes Brooklyn, the birthplace of many hardcore rappers and now residential area to many hardcore hipsters.
Wang’s original show was to be held at Pier 94 but the Westminster Kennel Club’s Masters Agility Championship (AKA a dog show) overbooked the venue. So in the words of Jay-Z, Parsons alumni ALEXANDER WANG said “Hello, Brooklyn!” and headed to Duggal Greenhouse.
To ease the dreaded thought of schlepping to No Man’s Land, Wang provided Uber credits and flasks filled with Crown Royal in his invite in addition to water taxis stocked with booze and candy.
Guests at Alexander Wang were treated to cocktails upon arrival served in a keepsake flask.
So with all the frivolous fluff, what’s the complaint? Brooklyn is no longer considered a fashion faux pas (was it ever?). Brooklyn has everything Manhattan has, except lower rent.
“Well mostly, I think it’s just a smart move, given how much publicity it’s generated and what an indication it is of his clout; not a lot of designers could get half the industry to go that far out of their way during the busiest week of the year”, says The L/Brooklyn Magazine’s assistant editor Virginia K. Smith.
“I doubt it’s a sign that Fashion Week will be expanding its reach into Brooklyn in any serious way, though. Logistically speaking, having shows that spread out would be tough. There’s a good reason they usually do all this stuff in the same place every year! I don’t think anyone in Brooklyn needs to be too offended if the Wang show turns out to be more of a one-off than an actual sea change.”
In 2013, since the opening of the Barclays Center, Brooklyn has become the ‘place to be’ with the borough hosting its annual Afropunk festival and the infamous 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (hey Miley!). It’s a long shot that Fashion Week will completely relocate to Brooklyn but it’s not impossible. But for now, it’s safe to say that Manhattan will remain the true home for Fashion Week.
You hear that people? Now you can take your La Perla panties out of a bunch.
by Ariana Atwater
posted by Tene’ Young