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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center losing luster among designers

Reese, Michael Kors and von Furstenberg are among the trendsetters who are elsewhere to display their joining Carolina Herrera, Hilfiger and Oscar de la Renta.

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Cindy Ord/Getty for Fashion Week The tents at Center draw such as (l.-r.) Ali Kay, Jessica Allison Williams, Holland and AnnaSophia Robb, here at a of Diane von Furstenberg designs.

Center is quickly going out of

Top designers Tracy Reese, Kors and Diane von Furstenberg joined the parade of fashionistas the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Damrosch Park, joining Carolina Herrera, Tommy Oscar de la Renta and Vera

The high-profile departures make in the fashion world feel about Lincoln Center on the eve of the tent shows.

“The tents were says Adam Glassman, director at O, The Oprah Magazine. He wistfully, “It was fabulous when could be under one roof.”

Lamparski/WireImage Bibhu Mohapatra his wares for the Spring 2014 Fashion Week at at Lincoln in September.

The number of shows produced at Lincoln Center has fairly constant, but the number of top has dropped.

Instead, the Lincoln shows will include Zimmermann, Nicholas K. and the Art Institute of New — not exactly brands you’d see in department stores.

The tents evolved from being the of the New York fashion industry to a for foreign designers and others who more on business than such as BCBG, Herve Nicole Miller, Lacoste and J.

Robert Sabo/New York News Backstage at the show for a business-oriented line that the Lincoln Center tents.

need to go where they the greatest exposure at the lowest and right now [Lincoln Center] the place to be,” says Waks, a fashion show

Instead, game-changing designers are their shows in far-flung with more cachet. For Proenza Schouler has shown on St. in the Financial District; Alexander has used the West Side and the Cunard Building next to Ferry; Marc Jacobs has an out-of-the-way armory, and Calvin has shown in an old office building to the Holland Tunnel.

These may fit the designers’ brands, but they a nightmare for the retailers, guests and

Andrew H. Walker/Getty for Mercedes-Benz Week Diane von Furstenberg’s in September drew quite a to Lincoln Center but she is among the designers leaving that

“You need a jet pack to get to all the says Kate Dimmock, director at People Style

Worse, “Designers are forcing to decide what shows to and they may miss the chance to see the new thing, Dimmock adds.

Housekeeping fashion director Chang admits, “We will some shows” by having to run all town.

Edward James/WireImage In Michael Kors showed his at Lincoln Center, but he, too, is elsewere.

In the process, she’ll to sacrifice her fashion sense.

heels,” she quips. “I’ll be like the guys, wearing

The notion of having a single for fashion week started out necessity: Designers wanted to roll in their racks, the models and send them out on the Retailers and editors wanted shopping.

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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Kors Designer Michael strode proudly down a at Lincoln Center but he is walking from that venue.

So on Sixth” — operated by the nonprofit of Fashion Designers of America — was in Bryant Park. But IMG, the sports and media conglomerate, the production in 2001 and moved the to Lincoln Center in 2010.

The has been bizarre and bazaar. are on display in the lobby, plus from other corporate — booze, diet bars, drinks and courier companies — have little, if anything, to do fashion.

Meanwhile bloggers and set up mobile offices in every and crevice.

Richard Drew/AP A runway show for Fashion is televised outside the venue at Center, a site falling out of with designers.

“There has always been a with the shows and what is on in the lobby,” said one fashion producer. “At the end of the day, IMG is a marketing There is a huge overhead to the shows, and they need to this by renting out the lobby to who will pay.”

The jumbled — more circus than — is proving to be unappealing to top designers. But Center’s loss is the fashion gain, says Steven Council of Fashion Designers of CEO .

“Lincoln Center is one piece of a picture,” says Kolb. are 350 [fashion week] shows. Fashion Week has about

As such, Kolb disagrees Lincoln Center is on the wane.

has done a great job of listening to the and and creating something new,” he “I’m excited to see how it manifests

A spokesman for IMG declined to comment.

for Herrera, Kors and von Furstenberg did not to requests for comment.

Reese the Daily News that IMG been great,” but that she had the desire for change.”

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