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Bryant Park’s Last Hurrah

Ruth Finley, founder of The Fashion Calendar, said the upcoming number of shows citywide should at least match last fall’s record-breaking tally of 299.

The Tents at Bryant Park are a big attraction.

New York Fashion Week’s last hurrah at Bryant Park is helping to make for a full schedule. Ruth Finley, founder of The Fashion Calendar, said the upcoming number of shows in February citywide should at least match last fall’s record-breaking tally of 299 runway shows and presentations.

Last season there were 122 presentations and 177 runway shows.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of her collection business, Donna Karan has blocked off two time slots to show at the Stephan Weiss Studio. She also plans to show her DKNY collection there.

Reed Krakoff, who is introducing a women’s designer collection for fall selling, will show for the first time.

It will be a completely different scene in the fall when Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week pulls up stakes in Bryant Park after 16 years, barring one ill-fated season at Chelsea Piers. Come September, the fashion crowd will have to travel to Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, currently the site of the Big Apple Circus. It is bound to be quite a trek to 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, but Lincoln Center has already made strategic moves to make the fashion crowd feel right at home. Next month, Vogue alum Stephanie Winston Wolkoff will start in her new role as Lincoln Center’s director, fashion week. She will be the liaison between Lincoln Center and the fashion industry, including designers, retailers, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and IMG Fashion, which organizes Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

“There are going to be a lot of different things going on,” Winston Wolkoff told WWD last month. “There will be many surprises.”