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Fashion Week at Bryant Park: Designers reflect

Designers and fashion executives shared their thoughts about Fashion Week's final season at Bryant Park.

"It is sad to go but change is always good so I am hoping the future will be a positive experience."
— Designer Nicole Miller

"I am very excited to show again at Lincoln Center, we presented in Avery Fisher Hall and the New York State Theater and had a wonderful time. Lincoln Center is an iconic institution that offers sophistication and culture unlike any other."
— Designer Tommy Hilfiger

"I remember my first show there; it was the most memorable moment of my career because it was the first time the tents were at Bryant Park, my first fashion show and my first cover of WWD."
— Designer Vivienne Tam

"All change is great. It¹s always good to write a new story."
— Steven Cox & Daniel Silver, Duckie Brown designers

"It's a small island. We are lucky to have such a beautiful and creative outlet as Lincoln Center. But it's also no secret that much of garment center, which was once a bustling and thriving bastion of NY fashion, and the center of much of U.S. garment manufacturing, has moved to other places, which has been a little sad to see."
— John Crocco, creative director of Perry Ellis

"There might be some road bumps to get over but I don't foresee it driving many of the designers away. There's something special about showing with this caliber of talent under one roof, whether you're in Bryant Park or Lincoln Center."
— Amy Smilovic, Tibi designer

"Bryant Park is the heart of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Its proximity to the Garment District makes it extremely convenient and it has so much history as being the main site for runway shows over the last 17 years. We are excited about the move to Lincoln Center as it is one of NYC's creative landmarks and its fitting to present collections in the same venue as the performing arts."
— Designer Rebecca Taylor

"The move to Lincoln Center is bittersweet. The iconic tents will certainly be missed.  However, I think the Lincoln Center move will inspire designers to take it to the next level.   As a performing arts complex, Lincoln Center offers endless opportunities."
—Steve Birkhold, CEO of Lacoste USA

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