IMG Wages War With Designers Over Celebs At Fashion Week

The top designers at New York Fashion Week have been fighting with IMG, which organizes Fashion Week presentations, over its policy for celebrity arrivals.

Page Six reports that IMG asked designers and the publicity teams working with stars attending runway presentations to make sure they would walk in from the front. That way, the stars would be photographed in front of sponsor logos.

“IMG told the designers and celebrity teams, ‘If you show at Lincoln Center, you play by our rules and bring your celebrity guests through the front,’ ” a Fashion Week source told Page Six. “But why should the celebs have to pose with the sponsor boards when they are here to support the designer?”

Security reasons prompted the organizers for the BCBG/Max Azria show on Sunday to bring celebrities their backstage area before the show. Tommy Hilfiger‘s team, which put on a show on Sunday, did the same. An IMG spokesperson told Page Six that it was safer for celebs to be dropped off in front of Lincoln Center because there’s nowhere backstage for them to sit.

“They get in the way of people working,” the spokesperson said. Having been backstage at fashion shows, we will point out here it gets so crowded that even the people working backstage get in the way of other people working with them, so that argument is kinda weak.

Nevertheless, Solange Knowles, Ashlee Simpson and Kelly Rowland got into the BCBG show from the back. Rain prevented some of the attendees of the Tommy Hilfiger show, which included Ed Westwick, Jennifer Lopez, Bradley Cooper and Jason Lewis, from making it to the show on time. Imagine how much more delayed they — and the show — would have been if they’d had to deal with a packed press line and scores of fans in front of Lincoln Center.

[Via Page Six]

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