Yes folks, New York City's favorite traveling circus starts officially starts next Thursday. That brushed steel façade going up in Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park is Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which will host a bunch of shows, but is by no means the center of action that it once was. Milk Studios' MADE Fashion Week has emerged as a consistent rival over the past few years, but even these two venues can't begin to accommodate the profusion of hundreds of runway shows and presentations that have turned New York Fashion Week into the worlds most overdressed marathon pub crawl. In fact a few tony men's shows, Rag & Bone, Gant by Michael Bastian and Ralph Lauren were held earlier this week, as if to give a gentle hint to the rest of the menswear community that it is high time they separate from the main schedule which is overwhelmingly dominated by women's collections, and form their own Fashion Week. We are all in favor that, since we would like to avoid the inevitable Sophie's Choices that even we with our reduced schedule have to make during a hopelessly overcrowded week of shows.
Anyway, The Shophound will be covering Fashion Week, well... about as much as we feel like, to be honest. We look forward to seeing some of our favorites like Duckie Brown and Chado Ralph Rucci to name just a few, but the week includes lots of other events and store openings, so we will try to have a mix of coverage for you. If you have the notion to try to crash some runway shows, then good luck to you. We have not yet been able to uncover a full calendar of the entire show schedule (which is almost entirely double and triple booked) but you can find the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week schedule HERE, and the MADE schedule HERE, so plan carefully, but don't even try to poach one of our seats. We will cut you.
UPDATE: We have just been informed that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will be livestreaming the shows under its tents at newyork.mbfashionweek.com and facebook.com/mbfashionweek. Take it from us, sometimes watching at home is actually preferable to seeing a show from a crummy vantage point in person. Keep an eye out for other designers who are all increasingly bringing their shows to cyberspace for everyone to enjoy.