New York–New York’s Fashion Week, which has been based at Lincoln Center since 2010, will have to find a new home after February 2015. A group of advocates for NYC parks took the City, its Parks system and Lincoln Center to court, claiming the event damaged Damrosch Park and prevented the public from using it.
IMG Fashion, which operates Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week twice a year in February and September, had a five-year lease on using Lincoln Center and Damrosch Park that expires in February. According the court settlement, that lease may not be renewed.
In the settlement, NY Judge Margaret A. Chan wrote on Dec. 12 that Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts “shall not review the IMG Fashion sublicense agreement which expires in February 2015 and the city shall not approve the use of Damrosch Park for New York City Fashion Week after that date…IMG Fashion shall vacate the premises and remove all tents and other Fashion Week equipment from the park. ”
September Location Unsure
The park advocates complained that the City allowed the park around Lincoln Center to be used “for certain non-park purposes,” and claimed that the Fashion Week organizers removed trees and park landscaping.
Court documents say that the City is “actively working with IMG Fashion to arrange suitable alternative locations.”
Fashion Week moved from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center for the fall 2010 season after years of negotiating with Bryant Park Corp. over access to the Park’s lawn in the summer and skating rink in the winter.
While the Lincoln Center location was popular with attendees, many designers, including Michael Kors, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Siriano, Prabal, ditched the location in favor of other venues in Manhattan.
Eventually, Fashion Week will move to the Hudson Yards Culture Shed on the West Side of Manhattan, but that’s still years away. It is not yet clear where IMG Fashion Events and Properties will relocate. NY Fashion Week’s future permanent home will be at the Hudson Yard’s Culture Shed, which former Mayor Michael Bloomberg appropriated $50 million for in June 2013, is still years away from being finished.
Said Andrew Serrano, global public relations director at IMG: “I can confirm that February will be the last season of NYFW at Lincoln Center. Unfortunately I am not able to share any other news at this time.”