Farewell Bryant Park

What began with the Spring 1994 shows has ended with the Fall 2010 shows. Bryant Park, long-time home of New York Fashion Week, has seen its last chaotic runway rampage. Come September, the Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park will house the festivities.

I have to admit that I am saddened by the change. For as long as I have been interested in fashion, as a kid growing up in small-town Alaska enamored by the glamour of this entirely foreign world, Bryant Park has embodied that world. I had always hoped to end up there one day watching the shows live, instead of simply on youtube or via WWD.

Some industry insiders are more than saddened. “I hate the idea,” says Anna Sui. She is concerned with the walkability of getting the clothes to the tents and the last-minute fixes. Nicole Miller has similar worries about the ease of getting to the location, but plans on using the location.

Other designers, such as Zac Posen and Tommy Hilfiger are excited about the change and feel that the new location adds additional dignity and culture. Anna Wintour is optimistic about the change, too. “We had obviously worn out our welcome at Bryant Park, so it’s very exciting to be going to someplace where they want us,” said Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour.

Hopefully the transition will go smoothly, but a part of me will remain nostalgic for the tents of Bryant Park.

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