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Damrosch Park Wintour-Approved; Tents Could Be Gone in the Future

>> Damrosch Park is the place of Fashion Week's future — for the next five years starting in 2010, anyway.  Although she hasn't been thrilled about the location in the past, Anna Wintour seems to have come around: "We had obviously worn out our welcome at Bryant Park, so it’s very exciting to be going to someplace where they want us.”  But how is everyone else seem to be taking the news?

Like Anna, editors are generally satisfied with the move — Glenda Bailey, editor of Harper’s Bazaar, too seemed excited.  “How great that fashion is going to take center stage at Lincoln Center. It is where art meets culture . . . meets cabs.”  Cathy Horyn suggested "a separate space for small or new designers — not unlike the set-up in London and Paris — to present their things during Fashion Week, rather than each of them staging a costly runway show."

Designers, on the other hand, are more reticent about the move, especially since it takes them farther away from the Garment District.

"I hate the idea." »

Bryant Park loyalist Anna Sui, for one, is not so thrilled:

“I hate the idea.  One of the things that works with Bryant Park is that we can walk the clothes over there, and finish the clothes as we’re setting up. That’s the only way you can have everything finished. All of a sudden, a zipper broke, a button didn’t come in, and all the last minute details are still doable. Somebody can walk in with the last dress before the first exit. I don’t think we will have that luxury at Lincoln Center.”

Nicole Miller thinks some designers will opt for presentations in their showrooms instead of schlepping over to Damrosch Park, but Zac Posen is ecstatic about the prospect. “I’m so excited for my collections to be shown in the same place as some of the world’s greatest theater, ballet and opera.”

Luckily for those who aren't fans, Diane von Furstenberg indicated at the press conference yesterday that she was still looking for a permanent Fashion Week venue that doesn't require tent construction and plans to explore this idea over the next five to 10 years.
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