So long Bryant Park

By Alicia Hamilton

When Tommy Hilfiger closed New York Fashion Week, he also closed the chapter on Bryant Park, MiNDFOOD reports.

When New York Fashion Week ended on February 18 it was a sad affair. Not because it heralded a six-month wait for fashionistas to score their next style hit (there’s plenty more fashion fun to be had in London, Milan and Paris over the coming weeks). Rather, it was sad because this is the last year the event will be held at the famous Bryant Park in mid-town Manhattan; with the September Spring/Summer 2011 shows moving to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on the Upper West Side.

Tommy Hilfiger, the poster boy (or should that be man?) for ‘Haute Americana’ fashion, closed the week with his aptly named Preppy with a Pop collection, which featured a colour palette of beige, red, emerald green and grey, paper bag shorts (worn over stockings) and turtleneck sweaters. Roasario Dawson, Mad Men’s January Jones, Emily Blunt, Naomi Watts and Ashley Olsen were among the show’s attendees.

IMG Fashion’s Fern Mallis, who is known for bringing New York Fashion Week to Bryant Park in 1994, told Vanity Fair that the final show was “spooky”, adding, “I am very proud of what we accomplished.”

The reason for New York Fashion Week’s relocation is that the semi-annual event draws a crowd of more than 100,000 and therefore restricts public access to the park, which is also home to the New York Public Library (where Carrie envisions her big wedding in the Sex and the City movie), monuments and eateries.

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