It's official. After more than two years of grumbling that New York Fashion Week had outgrown Bryant Park, it's moving. According to WWD, industry sources confirmed on Monday that the tents will relocate
from Bryant Park to the Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side, beginning in September 2010.
The city of New York is said to have finalized the deal with Lincoln
Center, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to make the
announcement today at a press conference, held by IMG and the Council
of Fashion Designers of America.
The shows were first held in Bryant Park in November
1993. While it is considered the most centralized venue
for the industry, the Bryant Park Corp. has long been disgruntled with
the shows, particularly since they moved to September and February. The
timing put restrictions on both Labor Day visitors and the ice-skating
rink, and as a result, was said to have been considered somewhat
unpopular by the general public.
Lincoln Center has long been
mentioned as a potential site. Past proposals had the footprint there
at roughly 35 percent smaller than Bryant Park with a tent by the
central fountain and another closer to 62nd Street, reachable only by
an extensive footpath. While details were not disclosed Monday, sources
said the new agreement allows for a better footprint.
Source & Photo: WWD