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DVF, FULL THROTTLE: Thanks to panelists Diane von Furstenberg, Norma Kamali, Prabal Gurung and Fern Mallis, Tuesday night’s “City Catwalk” discussion at The New York Times covered a lot of ground. Moderator Eric Wilson managed to keep the quartet on course, despite von Furstenberg’s occasional outré remarks. When the conversation turned to New York Fashion Week relocating to Lincoln Center from Bryant Park, she said, “We would have stayed at Bryant Park. They didn’t want us. It’s like we were evicted — they didn’t want us, blah, blah, blah. They wanted to make more money.”
As for city officials’ involvement with the industry, von Furstenberg, who is the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s president, said, “I will say this: the government of Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been amazing to fashion. They really came in and understood that we are the number-two industry in the city. They really help us and they study. They helped us to find Lincoln Center and Made in Midtown. It has been wonderful to work with the government of this city. I was elected at the same time as Mayor Bloomberg was, so for me it was really easy. He got a third term, so I got a third term.”
In regard to the prospect of the Garment Center relocating, von Furstenberg said, “It’s Midtown today. Maybe it won’t be Midtown [in the future.] Maybe it will be Brooklyn, or the place across the bridge there?”
“New Jersey?” someone offered amidst much laughter. Queens was what she was after.
Regarding the fashion industry’s charitable bent, von Furstenberg said, “The earthquake in Haiti? We met the next day and we raised one million dollars in three weeks. I don’t know what they did with it but...I mean, there has been great television but nobody is there [to help.]”
— Rosemary Feitelberg