Fashion Week is winding down but the streets of New York City are still a symphony of clicks and clacks, from the heels of the world’s most fashionable trendsetters. Fashion Week is the fashion industry’s own version of Groundhog Day; but instead of relying on a harry mammal’s shadow to predict the next six weeks of winter; silhouettes on runways, catwalks and at presentations predict next fall’s most stylish trends. It’s a glamorous occasion even for the city that never sleeps, which is why visiting during this bi-annual tradition is a must. And though the majority of these fashion events are reserved for Manhattan’s stylish socialites and industry powerhouses, there are a few places where every day folk like you and I can revel in the allure of a week dedicated to the art of the threads we sport.
The Museum at FIT
Like most things in fashion, The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) is ahead of its time as one of a few museums to place fashion as its sole focal point. From its special exhibits to its permanent collection, the museum exudes the dramatic, sensational tendencies of the industry by focusing on fashion’s past and present. At the same time the museum captures the excitement that comes with anticipating fashion’s next big move. The Museum at FIT also holds symposiums and seminars that visitors register for. However the icing on the en vogue cake is the fact the museum curates many of its exhibitions from its students and faculty. This gives the public a rare and intimate glimpse at designers whose names will be on the tags of the very threads we sport in years to come. For a new and improved perspective on fashion, be sure to sashay your way to Seventh Avenue at 27th Street and for more information check out the website here.
Bryant Park/Lincoln Center
Not that long ago both these New York City landmarks were the only venues for fashion week. From 1994 until 2010 Bryant Park was the one and only venue for New York Fashion Week. Large tents were set up on the lawns with elevated runways set up beside folding chairs. Then in 2010, New York Fashion Week outgrew the tents at Bryant Park and relocated to Lincoln Center to accommodate the growing crowds of fashion disciples who had begun to congest the hectic scene. Now New York Fashion Week shows are held at locales throughout the city, based on designers’ artistic preference and personal taste. Even though New York Fashion Week no longer utilizes these sites, you can grab an afternoon snack at one of the vendors in Bryant Park and imagine a six foot glamazon strutting across the lawn in garments from an ‘it’ designer’s latest sketches. Visit the Revson Fountain at Lincoln Square and envision style bloggers and magazine editors flooding in by the droves. Or just pretend you’re one of them. There’s nothing like a duck face selfie in front of the David Kotch Theater to fully cement your status as a New York Fashion Week groupie.
Fashion Week or not, 5th Avenue is the perpetual Mecca for the fierce and fashionable. You’ll find only the most luxurious names as you saunter along NYC’s most stylish avenue. And though many like to call New York City a cement jungle, it’s along this street that you may find that perhaps NYC is more of a cement runway than a jungle. Along this stretch of NYC cement, girls sporting Channel and Dior are as common as those that sport ‘I heart NY’ shirts you see at Time Square. While most price tags will make your wallet as thin as the mannequins you’ll see donning the lust worthy apparel, window shopping is always free. A jaunt past 5th Avenue may be just the thing to give you ideas for pieces you’ll need to transition your own wardrobe through to the next season.