The Fall 2017 iteration of New York Fashion Week begins Wednesday, February 8 and runs until Thursday, February 16. Roughly 150 fashion labels — big and small — will strut their stuff. However, there will be quite a few marked absences. Blame designers disdain for the stifling fashion calendar, Paris Fashion Week’s elitist allure or Los Angeles’ (seemingly) perpetually sunny skies, but a host of designers are defecting from the Big Apple. (The term “exodus” has been thrown around.) How’s CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb handling the changes? “If the demand for an organized New York Fashion Week diminishes and isn’t important anymore, it will go away by itself,” Kolb told WWD (though he also affirmed he doesn’t see that happening anytime soon). Scroll down for the complete list of traitors (relocators).
 

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