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Lincoln Center: Still NYC’s Most Fashionable Address?

by Jennifer McCullum
Jennifer McCullum is a contributing writer whose work has appeared in many publications, including Harper’s Bazaar, C Social Front, and San Francisco Magazine. She is also an instructor at the Academy of Art University School of Fashion in San Francisco.

The runway at MBFW at Lincoln Center.  Photo courtesy of Getty Images

The runway at MBFW at Lincoln Center. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Zac Posen, Tracy Reese, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Michael Kors are just a few of the New York Fashion Week designers who will not be showing at Lincoln Center for the Fall 2014 fashion season, which kicked off last Thursday. Industry icons such as Calvin Klein, as well as relative newcomers such as Alexander Wang, have also moved their shows offsite this February.

Changes had been anticipated for the upcoming shows with IMG Fashion’s announcement that significant efforts have been made this season to re-instate a degree of exclusivity in the shows’ attendance. The scene, both inside and out, of Fashion Week has been subject to growing discontent among industry authorities, the chief complaint being that greater priority has been assigned to seating bloggers at shows over key fashion buyers. Catherine Bennett of IMG Fashion was quoted saying, “It was becoming a zoo. What used to be a platform for established designers to debut their collections to select media and buyers has developed into a cluttered, often cost-prohibitive and exhausting period for our industry to effectively do business.”

Restructuring of the guest lists and designer showcases aside, IMG is actually adding more venues, reducing the costs of existing ones, and installing larger areas backstage to conduct interviews, do business, and treat VIP guests. As always, NYFW will also provide channels for online media distribution for most of the shows, to ensure that those without formal invitations can still get fast access to images, post show.

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