In less than a month, New York City will transform into an international epicenter where designers, models and the industry come together for Fashion Week. But did you ever wonder where it all began? I was fortunate enough to attend a screening of The Tents, a film by James Belzer that documents the origin of 7th on Sixth, the original name of Fashion Week to its purchase by IMG Fashion, and its bittersweet last season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park. Narrated by Fern Mallis, former Executive Director of the CFDA and Stan Herman, former SVP of IMG Fashion, they tell us that the goal of Fashion Week was to create a centralized location for buyers and editors to view collections. With their candid tales, legendary names like Carolina Herrera, Issac Mizrachi, Betsy Johnson and the ever-so funny Robert Verdi explain the impact of Fashion Week on the city and how it truly put New York fashion on the map.
What’s spectacular is the way Belzer captures the essence of these iconic tents and the passion and teamwork that goes into creating a show from backstage glimpses to editorial perspectives from key industry names. Insightful, inspirational and a piece of history, The Tents is a documentary that is universally relevant and one to see.
The Tents is scheduled to make its debut during New York Fashion Week this September.
Video courtesy of Marcus K. Jones.
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