|Ty Yorio standing in front of his "men in black"|
Photo: Isabelle Erb
They are the unsung heroes of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Ty Yorio leads a team of experienced security professionals who are collectively responsible for making sure that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week twice yearly Bryant Park extravaganza runs like a well oiled machine. Personable and gregarious, the former New York City detective is the President and founder of Citadel Security, an organization that has provided security to first 7th on Sixth and now IMG since its inception in 1993.
Depending on your point of view, security exists at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to either keep you out or protect you once you’re inside. Yorio and staff, a collection of current and retired police officers, court officers, and military personnel, deal not only with the editors and guests for the shows, but also must create a safe, secure environment in the back of the house for the designers. They understand the importance of these events to the designers and plan ahead for any special requests. Yorio and his people also make sure to keep photographers happy, and try to assist them in getting the important shots that they want.
To mark the occasion (and to ensure they look every bit as good as the rest of us- if not better LOL (hey, it IS New York Fashion Week after all), Pierrepont Hicks (http://www.pierreponthicks.com/ ), outfitted them with their famed ties.
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