The glitz and glamour, the Champagne and parties, the runway shows and disasters — twice each year New York is infected with Fashion Week fever.
The first Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week of 2014 runs from Feb. 6 through 13 and will take over a new venue at Lincoln Center, the Pavilion. There and across the city, the Fall 2014 collections of J. Mendel, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and many more of fashion’s heaviest hitters will sashay down the runways — with many of the shows live-streaming for fashion enthusiasts to watch online. Beyond the runway shows and collection showcases, there will be parties and special events dedicated to specific designers, both at Lincoln Center and in a variety of smaller NYC venues. It’s a huge moment for designers who work tirelessly to present their collections to editors, buyers, and fans on fashion’s biggest stage.
It’s also a huge moment for New York City, as Fashion Week brings droves of models and their hangers-on to Manhattan, making the streets feel more reminiscent of a runway. If you want to meet the models, be sure to check out some of the city’s best juice bars and a few of their favorite restaurant hangouts.
All of the beauty and creative energy of Fashion Week might just inspire you to get out and shop. Focus your energy on some of New York’s best shopping streets to make the most of your time or sign up for a shopping tour in Soho and NoLIta to let an expert lead the way to the best boutiques and unique shops.
It’s not all parties and shopping, however. What comes down the runway is the culmination of an exceptional amount of work. To learn more about all that goes into the creation of a successful show, check out a behind the scenes look at Fashion Week from insiders or take a glimpse into a day in the life of designer extraordinaire Christian Siriano, who rose to fame on Project Runway but also has a boutique in NoLIta.
Visitors to the city may also want to seek out Tim Gunn’s favorite places in New York and explore neighborhoods that the stars call home (Sarah Jessica Parker lives in the West Village while Jay Z and Beyonce live in TriBeCa).
Fashion Week fever continues long after dark, spreading into the best hotel lobby bars and hottest nightclubs. In New York City you don’t have to be a model to enjoy the fun and festivities of Fashion Week—but be sure to dress to impress.