Fashion Week Takes New York By Storm
In terms of sheer intimidation, few things beat New York’s Fashion Week – not even earthquakes or nasty tropical storms. The whirlwind of glittery activity that is generated by the multitudes of fashion insiders who gather together semi-annually to see the newest collections of nearly 100 fashion designers can create as many riptides throughout our culture as any tsunami.
So what’s a visitor to the Big Apple to do? How can you be part of the see-and-be-seen atmosphere accompanying this weeklong party, even if you’ve never seen an episode of Project Runway? Like any good storm-watcher, you need to know the signs to look for.
Where’s The Party?
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week marks its one-year anniversary at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park from September 8-15. Even if you don’t have a ticket to go inside the cavernous tent and take in one of the glamorous Spring 2012 shows (most of these much coveted seats are claimed months in advance), this 16.3-acre park is jam-packed with plenty of family-friendly activities, including displays and events from many of the world’s top arts organizations. And, if you are lucky, you might even see a celeb or two, or a top model strutting their stuff through the park on their way to and fro from the shows. Just look for all the camera flashes.
Look The Part...
Speaking of flash, New York City is one of the best places in the world to shop — from uptown to downtown and virtually anywhere in between, this city is more than happy to outfit you in the latest dazzling look perfect for that paparazzi shot outside of the show. And it just so happens that the ultimate shopping event will be kicking off Fashion Week on September 8: Fashion’s Night Out. You can participate from wherever you are, but in NYC, be sure to hit Rockefeller Center’s FNO event, where live music and world-class shopping will get you ready for Party Central.
Or Just Go For The Art
CityPASS visitors can bypass the creative seasonal craziness of Fashion Week and head straight for the classics at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Although the spectacular (and much-extended) retrospective by the late, great fashion designer Alexander McQueen, “Savage Beauty,” has already closed, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, repository of more than two million works of art, is also home to The Costume Institute, which houses a collection of more than 35,000 costumes and accessories spanning five continents and as many centuries.
Now, that’s how you do Fashion Week.
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