According to WWD, fashionistas around the world can breathe a sigh of relief!
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., New York 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.
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