The stylish and beautiful are flocking to Lincoln Center, where New York Fashion Week will kick off tomorrow (it runs through September 16). Mayor Mike Bloomberg will officially open the ceremonies tomorrow, though things already got started last night with a public fashion show held to rev up excitement for Fashion’s Night Out, the Anna Wintour-sponsored fashion party scheduled for Friday, September 10th.
After years in Bryant Park, the semiannual fashion extravanganza (sponsored by Mercedes-Benz) has moved to Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, a venue that includes more space for the shows and can accommodate more people. The biggest single show venue—which will host shows by top designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger and Carolina Herrera—is The Theatre, with seating for close to 1,000 and another 400 standing room. Fashion Week organizers are expecting up to 100,000 visitors, taking in shows put on by 87 participating designers.
This year’s Fashion Week highlights include the 25th anniversary show for Tommy Hilfiger and the first-ever plus-size fashion show, courtesy of OneStopPlus.com. Even those without tickets to the shows can enjoy the new digs, with interior courtyards where they can sit and sip coffee (from sponsor Starbucks), preview work by up-and-coming designers assembled by Women’s Wear Daily or student designers approved by Elle.
Lincoln Center itself has undergone some significant changes in recent months, so it’s worth a visit even beyond the Fashion Week hoopla. For more info on Fashion Week, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Lincoln Center venues via Stylist.