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The Fashion Circus Fêtes Its Upcoming Move

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Vogue's Anna Wintour with Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and Diane von Furstenberg   
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It was hello, goodbye at the CFDA's pre-fashion week cocktail party last night at Diane von Furstenberg's headquarters in the Meatpacking District. A laundry list of New York's top designers turned out to celebrate next September's migration of runway central to Lincoln Center and to bid adieu, as many of them prepare to show there for the last time, to Bryant Park.

According to von Furstenberg, the city forced the change of venue. "They didn't want us anymore, so we found a better place," she shrugged. "The only way to deal with rejection is by shining." Key to that process will be Lincoln Center's new fashion director, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who got an official welcome midway through the evening. Most of the room seemed happy to have her bringing New York's high-culture center into the fashion fold, and vice versa. "I think it's going to elevate fashion week by having it there," posited Vena Cava's Lisa Mayock. ("What she said," echoed her partner, Sophie Buhai.) Speaking of artistic synergy, Tory Burch revealed that her new, Picasso-inspired collection is "a lot about painting—the artistry of it, the colors."

Despite all the giddy talk about world-class opera and ballet stages, the tents are actually moving to Damrosch Park, which—news flash—is known as Lincoln Center's circus venue. "Totally appropriate," von Furstenberg quipped. According to the CFDA's Steven Kolb, a multicolored pavilion with sawdust floors isn't necessarily out of the question. "Anything's possible," he said.

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