10 February, 2010

Reflection on the last New York Fashion Week in Bryant Park

This February 11-18 will be the last time New York Fashion Week presented by IMG takes place in the fashion world famous Bryant Park. To honor the end of the era here are some industry insider's reflections upon the occasion and personal momentums. Starting this September the shows will take place at Lincoln Centers Damrosch Park and we'll start building new memories and experiences.
Current iconic Bryant Park Tents design has quotes from designers and industry professionals.
I can't wait for to get inside the tents and pick up a go-to staple of the Fashion Tents event, The Daily. This final season, The Daily will present The Daily's Commemorative Issue that will have "the memories shared on the exterior with fun and forgotten moments." (quote from IMG press release) 
Here is the  "The Daily's Commemorative Issue" glossy cover that will sure become an iconic issue
The industry insiders shared their memories and feelings about the fashion week and the tents that were homes, started careers and made unknown names into household ones:

Adam Lippes: “The Tents have always held a certain awe for me—combined with excitement, glamour and fun…”

Angel Sanchez: “New York was my big Dream, Bryant Park my first challenge!”

Anna Sui: “We just rolled our racks over from our office like a big caravan… the simplicity of it will be missed.”

Anna Wintour, Vogue: “Bryant Park became the beacon of what New York fashion stands for—an industry that’s fearless, tireless, and always moving forward.”

Carlos Miele: “Bryant Park has been my window to the world since my first show in New York; I have met so many people from different places.”

Carmen Marc Valvo: “The Tents not only gave me a platform for my designs but also a pulpit to share my colon cancer story. I have had some of the most memorable moments in my life in Bryant Park; they will be missed.”

Cynthia Rowley: “The first real show I ever had was here in Bryant Park. Now, there's nothing that makes me more excited/nervous than seeing the Tents rise twice a year.”

Dan & Corina Lecca, Fashion Photographers: “All we can say is thank you to Bryant Park!”

Diane von Furstenberg: “Bryant Park became the heartbeat of fashion twice a year… we will miss it!”

Donna Karan: “Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is when all of New York comes together to shine a light on its family of designers. We share a runway, a calendar, an audience—and of course, the spotlight. As a result, it has given us a world presence. There's no better way to support our industry than when we stand together as one.”

Elie Tahari: “The Tents have always been the center of the fashion universe and no matter where they are, they will continue to represent the best of American fashion.”

Erin Fetherston: “As an American designer in Paris, I often fantasized about showing at Bryant Park… having my first runway show here really was a dream come true. The people, the music, the lights… it’s electric.”

Erin Wasson: “I've spent hours in the Tents working as a model with some of the icons of American fashion. Showing my collection on the same runway was surreal—humbling and honored are the words that come to mind.”

Fern Mallis, IMG Fashion: “The Tents at Bryant Park succeeded and triumphed beyond my wildest expectations. I am so proud of how they became the lightening rod for fashion in America.”

Francine Parnes, Associated Press: “We squeezed into showrooms, we schlepped to the Piers. Till Bryant Park headlined, for 17 years. The photogs’ flash frenzy, the fancy front row, celebrity gridlock, now on with the show!” “I’m on the list. Don’t you know who I am?” “The greatest show on earth. Lights, cameras, fashion!”

Gene Krell, Vogue Japan: “Bryant Park is the showcase for the best in American talent, giving it an international reputation second to none.”

Gisele B√ľndchen: “I’ll always have fond memories of the Tents in Bryant Park, it was one of the earlier highlights of my career.”

Hilary Rhoda: “My favorite memory was walking in my first Zac Posen show. It was also exciting as my family was there to watch me close the show!”

Jill Stuart: “The memories are incredibly dear to me. I feel so fortunate to have been able to show my collections here since the very beginning.

Jim Moore, GQ: “Whether it’s raining or snowing or the most beautiful day in New York City, I always look forward to getting inside the Tents and settling into some good fashion.”

Joanna Coles, Marie Claire: “The cappuccinos, the tables, the sunlight, the models just hanging out... the fabulousity at Bryant Park is New York at its very best.”

John Varvatos: “I launched my brand with a show at Bryant Park in 2000. It was one of the most special events of my life.”

Judy Licht, Lifestyle Correspondent (T): “What happened in Bryant Park was magic.”

Judy Rice, Judith Rice & Associates: “I have endless gratitude for the gift of a career I was given when the Tents were born.”

Julie Mannion, KCD Public Relations: “The inception and evolution of the Tents over the past 17 years served as both the catalyst and the ballast in solidifying New York as a global fashion capital.”

Karolina Kurkova: “The Tents weren't just a location, they were a place that symbolized fashion and community.”

Kelly Cutrone, People’s Revolution: “I remember walking into the Tents for the very first time, a dreamer and a stranger to this world.”

Lauren Hutton: “I began modeling in 1965 when there were only shows in Paris. When Bryant Park started, fashion became a world event. It was exhilarating.”

Leslie Stevens & James LaForce, LaForce + Stevens: “Bryant Park was a fashion feast, an opportunity for established and emerging talent to be seen by the world. We were thrilled to have a seat at the table. And we look forward to continuing the excitement at Lincoln Center.”

Linda Wells, Allure: “The Tents turned fashion into a destination and an event that extended beyond the runways and penetrated the culture. Crowds of people gathered, celebrities showed up, news vans descended—it was what fashion should be in this country: exciting, important, vital and fun.”

Lynn Tesoro, HL Group: “Centralizing the shows in Bryant Park was a game changer. It created a global stage and put us on par with Paris and Milan.”

Mark Badgley & James Mischka: “Showing in Bryant Park has been a major part of the fashion world for us. The Tents have been an amazing venue, but things in fashion and the city change—we hope that Lincoln Center will be as wonderful an experience!”

Max Azria: The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and for me, my wife and our business, showing at the Tents in Bryant Park was the step that started it all.”

Michael Kors: “The Tents took New York fashion to another level—strength in numbers.”

Michelle Smith, Milly by Michelle Smith: “Nothing could match the thrill of my first runway show in 2004. I could not hold back the tears of joy when I walked out to take my bow and spotted my parents in the front row!”

Nanette Lepore: “Opening the door of the backstage area to greet the crew that I have come to know and love, putting the final touches on the collection with my team in surroundings that felt like an extension of my design studio and then finally to walk the runway with my daughter Violet, have made for many great times at the Tents.”

Nina Garcia, Marie Claire: “Bryant Park put the term ‘The Tents’ on the map and gave them a whole new meaning—one of unparalleled glamour and prestige that will forever be an integral part of fashion history.”

Norma Kamali: “Style, fashion, and the Tents, now part of the folklore history of New York City.”

Patricia Field, Costume Designer: “Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week brings excitement, glamour and feelings of happiness to us all.”

Rachel Dodes, Wall Street Journal: “Even though Fall 2010 is the last season at Bryant Park, the Tents will never be ‘so last season.’

Rebecca Taylor: “Bryant Park is the heart of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. We have been showing our collection there for 13 seasons. I remember the very first time we showed at the Tents. We were beyond excited—there was this feeling of ‘having arrived.’”

Ruth Finley, Fashion Calendar: “The Bryant Park shows have strengthened New York’s Fashion Week.”

Stan Herman: “American fashion made this park the heart of the city.”

Steven Cox and Daniel Silver, Duckie Brown: “We always dream big...and to be able to show at Bryant Park all these years has been a dream come true.”

Steven Kolb, CFDA: “CFDA is proud to have been the original organizers of the Tents in Bryant Park. They have become the heart of New York fashion and there isn't an aspiring designer who hasn't dreamed of showing here.”

Tim Gunn: “I propose that a plaque be mounted in the park as a legacy: ‘The Bryant Park Tents 1993-2010 branded New York as the indisputable Fashion Capital of the World.’”

Tommy Hilfiger: “The Bryant Park shows forever changed the fashion industry—they inspired an unprecedented camaraderie amongst New York designers. Lincoln Center is the perfect new home for the Tents—both are iconic cultural institutions.”

Vivienne Tam: “The first season at Bryant Park was my first fashion show and the most memorable moment of my career.”

Yeohlee Teng: “The inception of the Tents at Bryant Park in 1993 was a defining moment for fashion and the city of New York.”

Zang Toi: “The magic that happens under the Tents has truly become the landmark of New York!”
(All quotes are taken from IMG press release)

On a personal note i'll miss the fountain steps leading up to the Tents doors with a promise and anticipation of new fashion icons that are being made inside.

If you like this post you might like New York Fashion Week Fall 2010: 

Title sponsor Mercedes-Benz is joined by DHL, American Express®, Maybelline New York, W Hotels Worldwide, TRESemm√©, The Heart Truth Campaign, Starbucks Frappuccino® Coffee Drink, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Chambord® Black Raspberry Liqueur, Rums of Puerto Rico, Sherry-Lehmann Wines & Spirits, Martini Gold Mixers and O.N.E.™ One Natural Experience as well as the following media outlets The New York Times, Vevant, AOL Inc., Women's Wear Daily and Getty Images. Each of these sponsors will be providing hospitality, services and amenities to make the hectic week of shows as effortless and pleasurable as possible for all attendees. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is an IMG event (as per IMG press release)

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