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Despite the fashion community's best efforts to completely ignore the sleet storm currently drowning New York in icy slush, the storm refuses to go away. The tents at Lincoln Center, the official home of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, have begun to leak, Racked correspondent Bonnie Datt reports.
This morning IMG, the company that owns Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, offered WWD the following statement on their plans for dealing with inclement weather:
"IMG Fashion is in constant contact with city officials, including the Mayor's office, the NYPD, Council of Fashion Designers of America and the Department of Sanitation. We have a proactive plan in place to deal with the impending weather. That plan includes additional crews to help with snow, ice and salt maintenance, increased interior heating and a precautionary extra layer of tenting for the protection of the venue. This is not the first time Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has experienced snow conditions, and our previous experience will help guide our rapid response to the current storm.
"As the safety of our guests is a primary concern, in the unlikely event weather prevents or delays any shows, we will work with the CFDA to communicate this message to their designers and constituents around the city."
We reached out to IMG to see if they have any updates now that water in infiltrating the tents, but have not heard back at time of publication.
Update: There are no plans to shut down the tents, and showgoers remain unfazed, although the lines to get into some shows have moved a bit. "No show has been tremendously delayed because of the weather," a security officer told our correspondent.
Update 2: IMG has released an official statement:
Based on the most current weather models available, it is becoming clear that most of the snow accumulation and high winds will occur late tonight and end by early tomorrow morning. Mass transit continues to operate normally in New York, and there have been no service changes announced as of yet.
In consultation with the city and CFDA, as well as our other partners, we have decided not to close Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week early this evening. All planned shows will go on as scheduled. We will continue to monitor the storm, and make changes to the schedule if they are needed.· Mother Nature Is Trying To Crush Fashion Week [Racked]
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