The shows moved to Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park from the chaos of Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan a few years ago, but local residents revolted.
They filed a lawsuit in 2013 to protest the use of public property for commercial purposes. The suit was settled after the fashion industry agreed to move the event elsewhere.
“They’re working to find a new, cool, authentic space,” Steven Kolb, head of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CDFA), told Reuters news agency.
Today’s shows featured Ralph Lauren Polo men’s and women’s wear, Marissa Webb, Duckie Brown, Nicholas K, Richard Chai and BCBGMAXAZRIA.
Among the celebrities spotted at the shows were actress Olivia Culpo, model Petra Nemcova, singer Cody Simpson, actress Emma Roberts and actor Tyson Beckford.
Musician Pete Wentz was spotted at the Nicholas K show and singer Kesha made the scene at the Timo Weiland Women’s show.
Rihanna was seen leaving Da Silvano restaurant in Manhattan while musician Kanye West is also in town for the shows.
Wife Kim Kardashian was spotted with Beyonce, Jay Z and Vogue Editor Anna Winour at West’s presentation of his Yeezy shoe designs in collaboration with Adidas.
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The New York City Economic Development Corporation released a report this week, estimating that 230,000 people descend on the city for the shows.
The city claims it reaps economic impact of $887 million from Spring an Fall shows, topping the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament ($800 million), the New York Marathon ($340 million and 2013’s Super Bowl XLVIII in nearby New Jersey ($550 million).
The crowd of celebrities and fashionistas account for $553 million in direct spending, so no surprise the city is bending over backward make sure the event stays in the city.
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