By and  on February 22, 2010

Now that IMG has pulled up stakes in Bryant Park for the last time, some of the fashion crowd couldn’t help but take an over-the-shoulder glance at New York Fashion Weeks past — and wonder what the future holds at the new venue come September, Lincoln Center.

Consultant Robert Burke said: “I’m sentimental about the tents. They hold more than a decade of memories for me. Any time you make a big switch like this, it’s a little melancholy.”

That said, Burke was upbeat about the new location.

“There is enormous potential for Lincoln Center to merge fashion and the arts,” he said. “Stephanie Winston Wolkoff [the center’s fashion director] has great ideas, and she is energized to make it the new cultural center for fashion and the arts in New York.”

Neiman Marcus’ Ken Downing will miss the convenience of the Bryant Park shows to the Garment District’s showrooms. “I am holding my input about Lincoln Center until we actually get there,” he said. “I wish New York Fashion Week embraced the idea of shows in zones, so that if we’re at Lincoln Center for a whole day, then in Chelsea for a whole day, for instance. We are spending too much time in transit.”

KCD’s Ed Filipowski said by virtue of Bryant Park’s Midtown location, the shows attracted much interest from the general public, which “added such a spectacle to the shows that I hope with Lincoln Center being so removed, it will bring a touch of exclusivity.”

Lincoln Center could signal change — which is generally a good thing, and something fashion thrives on, he said. “With a new generation of designers that are now becoming more established, it’s perfect timing to move on,” Filipowski said.

Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo said, “Fashion is so accustomed to change. That’s what it’s made of. We will miss the tents, but we will adapt.”

What she will miss is the men in black at the door. “The security guys have become like friends. They greet you every morning. Hopefully, they will move with the new location,” Fargo said.

Uptown, the CFDA’s Steven Kolb will no longer be able to duck into his office for 10 or 15 minutes between shows but he is excited about the move. “There is so much happening on the West Side in Chelsea and at Milk [Studios]. It should be a straight shot on Eleventh from Lincoln Center. They should rename it Fashion Highway for the week.”

Not everyone was sold on the prospect, though. Citadel Security’s Ty Yorio, whose team minds the gates, said, “This was wonderful in 1993 and it is an even better idea today. The park has been a wonderful location.”

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