One of my favorite NYFW moments was attending the screening of The Tents. Fern Mallis introduced the film whole heartedly with tears in her eyes. The film showed me-someone who has only known the tents for fashion week-what it was like before the tents. Editors and buyers were running around the city to various stylish locations trying to catch all the major shows. Some getting stuck in tiny elevators and small stairwells just to see the next collection for Calvin Klein or Donna Karen. Fern Mallis and Stan Herman came up with the idea to hold the shows in one place to make it easier for editors to see everyone and to make a more professional impression on the international fashion industry. I have to say this film was inspiring and nostalgic. Industry legends spoke about their experiences and love for the Tents. Even though it has only been a year since the tents were taken down for the last time, it seems longer. I miss running to Bryant park on my lunch break to catch a glimpse of the editors on their way to shows or the models emerging from the tents with their full show makeup on paired with their street clothes. It was a fantastic way to spend my lunch hour. Now, with the tents moved uptown and the CFDA offices moving to NOHO, I wonder what will come of the beloved garment district.
If you knew The Tents and miss them or if you missed out on The Tents alltogether, I truly recommend this documentary.