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When it first went up in September 2011, the gleaming white Tent at Boston Fashion Week was front page news. At last, Boston would have a 200-seat central location to host runway shows by local clothing and accessories designers, many of whom are well-established. Then, the following year, organizers changed format. Runway shows at the Tent, which was located behind the Mandarin Oriental on Boylston Street, would spotlight up-and-comers. This year, it will host none of the above. The Tent, which was seen as a way to elevate the profile of Boston Fashion Week and draw attention to local designers, lacks the sponsorship dollars to continue, at least this year.
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