Ah, the rush of New York Fashion Week! From picking your way through the crowds in six-inch heels to that first exhilarating moment as a model rounds the corner and steps onto the runway, the excitement is always in the air. Of course, if you’re attending a show or two, there is plenty to think about—from what you’ll wear to who you’ll see—which is why we have put together a handy guide to navigating the ins-and-outs of fashion week. So, grab a pen and paper, take some notes, and click through for fashion week heaven!
Jewelry designer Pamela Love is presenting her fall collection at Milk. Eyewear label Illesteva also plans to present a fall collection of sunglasses. Meanwhile, Waris Ahluwalia is hosting a presentation for his House of Waris label on February 15 that will feature jewelry and scarves. Finally, Alexander Wang has teamed up with Betony Vernon, a maker of fine erotic “jewel tools” for his show on February 12.
Eveningwear designer Douglas Hannant will launch his first fragrance, Douglas Hannant de Robert Piguet.
Libertine, who collaborated with Target GO International in 2007, will return to the runway for the first time since the fall 2009 season. Meanwhile, Daryl Kerrigan will once again show her Daryl K label at fashion week.
Clad head-to-toe in leopard Givenchy, Bryanboy will offer viewers a firsthand look into his life via a 24-hour live stream in collaboration with Kanon Organic Vodka. The broadcast will feature special guests, fashion advice and trend forecasting tips, as well as the opportunity to interact with Bryanboy. It begins at 9am on February 16 at KanonVodka.com.
Also, Independent Fashion Bloggers is hosting its biggest Evolving Influence conference yet—the key note speech is by Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler! Tickets have sold out but you can watch a live stream of the event here on February 10.
Barneys New York’s newly-appointed fashion director Amanda Brooks is sure to have a front row seat this season. Meanwhile, you can expect plenty of celebrity faces when Scott Sternberg presents his first ever runway show for Band of Outsiders. Then, of course, you’ll find all the regulars—from Blake Lively to Alexa Chung—sitting front row at various shows.
Rising star Arizona Muse is definitely one to watch this season—since signing with Next in 2008, she has been named the face of Prada and walked for Marc Jacobs, Herve Leger, Narciso Rodriguez, and Proenza Schouler. You should also keep an eye out for newcomers such as Danish model Gertrud Hegelund and Tunisian model Hanaa Ben Abdesslem—they just walked the Paris couture shows for Elie Saab and Chanel respectively.
All eyes are sure to be on Olivier Theyskens when he presents his first runway show (and second collection) under the Theyskens’ Theory label. Meanwhile, Lindsey Thornburg will show her eponymous line of printed capes for the first time ever at fashion week on February 7 and Tom Brown will show his womenswear collection for the first time at fashion week on February 14. Finally, don’t miss the Cushnie et Ochs show, which takes place on Sunday, February 13, at Milk, or the Suno show, which takes place on Saturday, February 12, at Milk.
New Labels To Look For
Footwear designer Brian Atwood will officially launch his diffusion line, B by Brian Atwood. Also, Tim Hamilton will launch a womenswear collection under the Redux label. In addition, Derek Lam will launch an exclusive capsule collection in collaboration with EBay. After the collection debuts, the public will be invited to vote on their favorite looks. The results of the vote will determine which pieces are actually produced. Finally, Opening Ceremony is collaborating with the MM6—the sister label of Maison Martin Margiela—on a capsule collection isn’t due out until September but will be previewed over fashion week.
While you’ll definitely get your street style fix from fashion week regulars such as The Sartorialist and Jak + Jil, make sure you also check out Vanessa Jackman and Mr Newton on a daily (read: hourly) basis.
The Fun Stuff
Tonight, The Heart Truth will open Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with its annual Red Dress Collection Fashion Show. The event aims to encourage women to protect their heart health and take action to lower their risk for heart disease.
When fashion week kicks off, the tweets arrive fast and furious. Happily, we have compiled all your favorite fashion industry insiders into one handy list. Make sure to follow NYFW for plenty of fashion week fun!
When It’s All Over
Just when you think it is over, it’s not. On the final day of fashion week, specifically February 17, wunderkind Alexander Wang will open his highly-anticipated first store in Soho.
Can’t Make It?
Never fear! InStyle has compiled a livestream schedule so you can watch from the comfort of your own home.
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