How Can I Experience Fashion Week in New York?

Q: I'm planning a trip to New York City during this September's Fashion Week, and I was wondering how I can take it all in. Are the fashion shows and after parties open to the public?
-Leigh Ann, Kansas City, MO

A: Fall is on the way, and the hip among us are gathering up boyfriend sweaters, ankle booties, and layering pieces a la the Olsen twins. You'll also likely notice lots of feathers and grey fabric, and possibly the Marie Antoinette look. Why is this fall's fashion so predictable? Because it all came straight off the runway from New York Fashion Week in February.

And now Fashion Week is upon us again, this time for a sneak peak of what's new for Spring 2007. From September 8 through 15, some 200 designers, not to mention countless fashion editors and A-list celebrities, will take control of New York City to decide what you'll be wearing in April. For a preview, go to www.style.com.

To say that Fashion Week events run morning, noon, and night is an understatement. But in an attempt to keep things organized, IMG Fashion has produced a website (www.olympusfashionweek.com) with a detailed calendar and a rundown of all the participating designers. Here's the catch: You can't actually go to any of these events unless you're on the designers list. And that ain't an easy place to be.

For those of you who aren't expert (and very subtle) party crashers, there are other ways you can take advantage of being in NYC during Fashion Week. Start by checking out the Museum of the City of New York's "Black Style Now" exhibition, opening September 9 (www.mcny.org). Fashion has long been a white male-dominated industry, but as street style becomes increasingly entrenched in high fashion, black style has become big business, claiming a diverse market. This ambitious exhibition celebrates the handful of black designers showing collections at this year's Fashion Week, and features garments worn by Beyonce, Sean "Diddy" Combs, and LL Cool J.

Hearst Magazines, home to well-known fashion-forward publications such as Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, and Seventeen, will celebrate Fashion Week for the whole month of September with 30 Days of Fashion. Visit http://30daysoffashion.com for podcasts like "Fall Trends with Esquire fashion director Nick Sullivan," sample sale notices featuring designers such as Adrienne Landau, and wine tasting announcements (there's one at the Broadway Steve Madden store). Sign up for the website's daily fashion giveaway, which includes custom Stuart Weitzman shoes and the MICHAEL Michael Kors Saratoga Satchel.

If all else fails (and you're 5'10'', size 2, and possess a "fierce" walk), then you should consider replying to one of the several Craigslist postings for Fashion Week models (http://newyork.craigslist.org). Good luck with that.


Published: 31 Aug 2006 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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