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I snapped this photo during my last day at the tents. Two days before the iconic white tents would be taken down, never to stand in Bryant Park again.

I miss being there and am still experiencing phantom-like pain sensations, as if one stiletto'ed foot is no longer physically part of my body. Yes, I feel like one of my stylish limbs is missing and won't grow back until September when the Spring 2011 Collections are ready to show... but it will be different.

Sadly, this was both my first and last season documenting NY Fashion Week in Bryant Park as an officially credited member of the press. From February 11-18th, 2010, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week celebrated its last hurrah before packing it all up and heading to their new home at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park in September. I feel so very fortunate to have had the chance to finally experience the magic of Bryant Park during this very special, final season.

This year Fashion Week served as a walk down memory lane, with the tents adorned with quotes from our favorite fashion industry insiders who shared their fondest memories of how Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has impacted the world of fashion and changed the lives of both designers and industry professionals alike.

Over 3 million total visitors have come through the tents since 1993, and I am proud to have been one of them. I might not have been there from the beginning but I was there at the end, to leave my tiny footprints and soak it all in before it disappeared. And in September, when all the fashionable folks inside the Lincoln Center tents reminisce about the good old days at Bryant Park, I will nod, smile, understand and have a few stories of my own.

17 years.
31 seasons.
2,500 shows.

So long Bryant Park, and thank you for the memories.

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The end of an era indeed

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Samara Sanchez

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Sammy Sanchez is a Miami based freelance writer, greeting card designer, and self-professed USWeeklyholic. Sammy loves tall coffee light frappuccinos, vino not from a box, and Mark Ruffalo...not necessarily in that order.
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