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Bloomberg Backs NY Fashion

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Mayor Bloomberg has a clever new plan to make sure New York stays the fashion capital of America, and it's actually not terrible. Taking a page from Project Runway, the mayor is holding a competition to pick 12 new designers for a city-sponsored fashion "incubator" facility in the Garment District. While "incubator facility" sounds all weird and Matrix-y, what it really means is that the city is trying to attract design talent by giving them cheap space right in the middle of the Garment District, and the incubator will be run with the help of the CFDA, or Council of Fashion Designers of America, so these designers won't exactly be toiling in obscurity. The competition begins next month, and the final 12 should be named by December. [NY Post]