November 19, 2018
Originally posted 2018-11-19 11:17:13
By Bryan Salvadore | amdlawgroup.com
New York Fashion Week has been running into quite some trouble these past couple years. Back in spring of 2013, iconic designers such as Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg and Vera Wang left the Lincoln Center venue for New York Fashion Week. Now a recent settlement orders New York Fashion Week to move from the Lincoln Center after its February 2015 show.
Now this past week IMG, the main event organizer of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, announced the move in the wake of a lawsuit settlement between the organizers and the NYC Park Advocates, a park watchdog group.
According to court documents, the Park Department agreed not to renew its sublease with IMG Fashion for use of Damrosch Park during fashion week. The February fashion week will be the final time the event will take place in the Lincoln Center.
NYC Park Advocates and other plaintiffs in the suit purported that the city and Lincoln Center violated state public trust doctrine by limiting the public’s access to the park and removing greenery during the biannual fashion week event.
Geoffrey Croft, the president of NYC Park Advocates, said that the city’s park department “…should never been able to enter into this deal.” He also contended that the “…Lincoln Center used the park as an ATM.”
IMG also released a statement that reads, “Lincoln Center has been a great home for the past 5 years and we look forward to another world-class season this February.” IMG will be actively looking for a new venue for the event with the help of the city’s Economic Development Corporation.
During fashion week, large tents, a red carpet and other huge vendors set up and take up the entire park. The settlement reads that there can not be such a large scale event to take place in the park.
The court’s settlement states, “The city and [Lincoln Center]…recognize that special events that limit public access to substantially all of Damrosch Park should be the exception rather than the norm.” The city has ended the sublease and agreed to plant new trees and possibly add planters above the 62nd Street garage entrance at the Lincoln Center.
Although, IMG’s legal troubles are over for now, their next challenge will be locating a new venue for their September 2015 fashion show.