Today’s Fashion Headlines: New York Fashion Week Leaving Lincoln Center, Calvin Klein’s E-Commerce Growth, Gap Inc. Joins JD.com

December 19, 2014 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center

New York Fashion Week Bids Farewell to Lincoln Center

New York Fashion Week will be leaving Lincoln Center after the next round of shows in February. An exact new location hasn’t been confirmed yet for the September shows, but IMG, organizers of fashion week, is making plans to move into several new locations. IMG will not be able to renew their contract, which would have allowed them to continue hosting shows at the Upper West Side location until 2020. The New York Post obtained details on the case, which included accusations that Fashion Week organizers killed trees in the adjacent Damrosch Park and took advantage of the public space. A state Supreme Court settlement in New York City, signed by Supreme Court Justice Margaret Chan, said the city cannot approve the use of Damrosch Park for NYFW after February, and that IMG can’t renew its agreement. Lincoln Center will lose their Damrosch Park privileges, returning this public space back to the community.

Calvin Klein’s E-commerce Growth

The two-year e-commerce project is the most ambitious to date for Steve Shiffman, since he became CEO of Calvin Klein in July. The online initiatives started with the U.S. e-commerce site, which was revamped in August. To date, the improved calvinklein.com already saw year-over-year double-digit increases during the start of the online holiday shopping season (from Black Friday to Cyber Monday).

All of the brand’s e-commerce sites will sell broad assortments of licensed categories and product across men’s and women’s Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear. Categories like fragrance, apparel and accessories, home, performance and children’s will vary by region.

Gap Launches Flagship on JD.com

On Thursday Gap Inc. launched an online flagship on JD.com, a leading Chinese e-commerce site. More than 600 items for men, women and children are available as part of Gap’s initial online selection for the site, which is offering exclusive discounts.

In China’s increasingly competitive e-commerce market, JD.com has aggressively tried to differentiate itself from other major e-commerce platforms — especially Alibaba’s Taobao — as a purveyor of authentic products, a positioning which makes it an attractive partner for international brands looking to make their mark in the world’s most lucrative online shopping market. The move adds Gap to JD.com’s stable of international brands, which includes Forever 21 and Levi’s as well as shoe brands Nine West and Steve Madden.

– Selicia A. Walker

Source: Fashion Week Daily; WWD

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