By  on October 12, 2006

NEW YORK - The tents will stay in Bryant Park — at least through fashion week next February.

After months of negotiations between IMG Fashion and the Bryant Park Corp., Mayor Michael Bloomberg stepped in to keep the fashion shows in place as the city and IMG, which owns 7th on Sixth, and the fashion industry seek a permanent home for the event.

“The fashion industry is a vital part of our City’s economy providing more than 150,000 jobs for more than 15,400 businesses,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “It is paramount we ensure the long-term success of both the industry and fashion week, which takes place in Bryant Park twice a year. Fashion week plays a significant part in the industry’s New York City success story.”

The need for a new location surfaced last month when the Bryant Park Corp., which operates the park, said it wanted to extend its popular ice-skating rink through February.

Fern Mallis, vice president of IMG Fashion, said in a separate statement that she applauded Bloomberg's decision. ``We also fully embrace the search for a long-term solution and look forward to working with the city, the CFDA and all of our constituencies to identify a permanent home.”

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