Leaving Lincoln Center: Why Designers Are Moving Their Runways

First it was Oscar de la Renta. Now it’s Vera Wang – and possibly Carolina Herrera. Yes, one by one it seems designers are opting out of Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. Why? As Herrera told the New York Times, it’s all “gotten too commercial.”

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And Herrera isn’t alone: several designers have spoken out recently against Lincoln Center’s out-of-date tents, overwhelming presence of street-style celebs, and increasingly high costs. IMG Fashion (which runs Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week), however, is working to rectify the situation – promising designers revamped sound and lighting and more exclusive guests lists. But will it work, or will this be the end of Lincoln Center as we know it? Ms. Wang, it’s your move.

Read more about the changes to expect at Fashion Week this spring on Racked.com.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor 

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December 17, 2013

Big Changes in Store for New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is nothing short of complete and utter mayhem. Hundreds of designers show collections. Models, editors, bloggers, and more flood the streets, sprinting from one presentation to another. A planned move to Hudson Yards has been confirmed, but that likely won’t happen until 2017. So, in the meantime, starting with the Fall 2014 shows, IMG’s event production team (which runs Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) is hoping to make the whole massive production go more smoothly at Lincoln Center.

A few of the improvements in store? New venues are being added to the tents. Shuttles will be available to transport editors and buyers to shows at different locations. A Digital District will be set up for designers who want to stream their shows virtually. And the main lobby and tent will be redesigned – with stricter security.

Looks like sneaking into a show or two is no longer in the cards.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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December 6, 2013