For the past 15 years, the midtown greens sharing the same block as the historic New York Public Library also known as Bryant Park, has played house to one of the largest fashion events of the world — New York Fashion Week. The bi-annual event which showcases and previews upcoming seasonal collections from some of the most renowned and up-and-coming labels in the world (Ralph Lauren, Richard Chai, Y-3…just to name a couple) is estimated to draw more than 100,000 store buyers and fashion editors. As such, with some complaints from the park management that the invite-only shoes had grown too large and restricted public access to the park for two weeks a year, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will be leaving Bryant Park after this season’s showing ends next Thursday on February 18th.
According to New York Times, while the show’s management has incurred frequent clashes with the management organization which runs maintenance and security for Bryant Park since Fashion Week has situated there in 1993, the disputes intensified in 2006. However, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg were requested by group of designers and Anna Wintour of Vogue to arrange for Fashion Week to remain in Bryant Park for the time being. Sadly, the temporary venture has come to an end this season as the show will be wrapping up its time on 42nd Street after 63 designers have presented their Fall/Winter 2010 collections.
While there has yet to be an official statement from IMG Fashion which runs the show, it has been known that Port Authority Bus Terminal and the new Lincoln Center are both possible new locations for the next Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. So in quite a somber mood (even more so after the sudden death of designer Alexander McQueen), the tents decor is adorned with quotes from Wintour, Donna Karen, Tim Gunn, and many more to celebrate and remember the end of an era. Regardless of where the next step of fashion is going to be, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will carry on, with designers continue to explore and think out of the box to wow and amaze on the runway next season. Fashion forward indeed!