Fashion Show: New York Fashion Week Spring - Summer 2011

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New York Fashion Week Spring - Summer 2011

NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg opened New York Fashion Week 2010 and temporarily renamed the city's main subway route the 'Fashion Line' in honor of the week. He was accompanied at the opening ceremony by U.S. designer Diane von Furstenberg, whose collection was to be shown in the coming days in tents set up in Damrosch Park within the Lincoln Center complex. A host of celebrities thronged the front rows of many of the catwalks; at the New York Fashion Week is the first of the leading, twice-yearly fashion weeks also held in London, Milan and Paris.

The New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 Designers

The event featured some of the nation’s greatest designers and their latest looks for the coming season.The New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 designers included Nicole Miller, Buckler, Lacoste, Zac Posen, Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Isaac Mizrahi, and many more.

New York Fashion Week Revenues

The Fashion Week in New York is attended by over 230,000 people and brings an estimated 770 million dollars in economic activity to a city where 175,000 people are employed in the fashion industry -according to the mayor's office. Until this year, Fashion Week had taken place in more incommodious conditions at Bryant Park, near Times Square.

Lincoln Center - Ideal Venue for New York Fashion Week

Lincoln Center has been an ideal location for the semi-annual events, with more outdoor space than was available at Bryant Park and terrific transit access, including the Number One subway line, or as it was recently called - The Fashion Line. The 2010 festival which began Thursday 9th Sep also featured a “Fashion Night Out" when city stores stayed open late into the night, thus encouraging fashionistas to shop and party into the wee hours.

The Fashion Week witnessed about 100 events, from straightforward design shows to a celebration of legendary fashionista Karl Lagerfeld to an invitation-only "Victoria's Secret VIP Suite." There were definite signs of a return to the good times for fashion, even if the US economy as a whole is only barely reemerging from recession.

The September issues of Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and W were thicker and glossier than they have been in a long time, providing an instant indication of healthy advertising revenues. In the warm-up to the main events, young designers were already showing off their wares at the CFDA Fashion Incubator workshops. Interestingly each of them had been given four mentors specialized in the fashion industry for advising them on avoiding the classic slip-ups in new businesses.

The Metropolitan Pavilion, with its high ceilings and open space, was indeed a great venue for showcasing the ethical threads of these designers. The fashion shows were often entertaining, accompanied by loud, mood-setting music and changing lighting and editors, writers, and VIPs were seen to be shuffling to-and-fro throughout the hectic week.

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