SHOW UPDATE: As expected, 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 wasn’t planning on renewing its contract at Lincoln Center anyway, and that point is now moot, since New York City has reached a legal agreement with a community organization that opposed the presence of NYFW in Damrosch Park.
A state Supreme Court settlement in New York City, signed by Supreme Court Justice Margaret Chan, said the city can not approve the use of Damrosch Park for NYFW after February, and that IMG can’t renew its agreement.
A coalition of area residents and environmental groups, along with the Damrosch family members, filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court in May 2013 that demanded that the agreement between the Parks Department and Lincoln Center be terminated, the park be restored and no longer used for nonpark purposes.
“Lincoln Center has been a great home for the past five years, and we look forward to another world-class season this February. However, as the fashion industry continues to evolve, IMG has been actively looking for a new home for NYFW that gives our designers and partners the best possible environment to share their creative visions. We look forward to sharing more details on our new home soon,” said an IMG spokesman Thursday.
Apparently, the Big Apple Circus has to be out, too.