New York — Move over, Big Apple Circus: The fashion circus is coming to Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. And not everyone is excited about the move.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg made the official announcement on Tuesday, confirming reports that IMG Fashion and Lincoln Center Inc. had reached a five-year agreement to move Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to the site. The new venue will make its debut at the September 2010 shows.
“One of the city’s trademark events, fashion week, has a new home, practically custom-tailored, if you pardon the pun, to its needs,” Bloomberg said at a press conference arranged by IMG Fashion and the Council of Fashion Designers of America at the Grand Hyatt hotel on Tuesday.
But the move received a mixed reception from designers and retailers, while magazine editors generally applauded it. The first two camps contendedthe location is inconvenient for logistics and is a bit out of the way, while the magazine set said it was time to move on from Bryant Park.
“I hate the idea,” said Anna Sui, a stalwart of the Bryant Park tents. “One of the things that works with Bryant Park is that we can walk the clothes over there, and finish the clothes as we’re setting up. That’s the only way you can have everything finished. All of a sudden, a zipper broke, a button didn’t come in, and all the last minute details are still doable. Somebody can walk in with the last dress before the first exit. I don’t think we will have that luxury at Lincoln Center.”
Nicole Miller said she imagines she will probably be on the Lincoln Center roster, but added, “It’s not as easy to get there. We can’t walk there.” She feels there might be some designers who will opt for presentations in their showrooms instead.
Others looked on the bright side. “I’m so excited for my collections to be shown in the same place as some of the world’s greatest theater, ballet and opera,” Zac Posen said.
Tommy Hilfiger, who showed at Lincoln Center the last two seasons but is returning to the Tents this month, said, “The space is very adaptable, and with the variety of space options, Lincoln Center should accommodate everyone beautifully. In showing at Lincoln Center, you inherently incorporate its culture and history into your show.”
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