The VenueFashion Week is held twice a year (September and February, Spring and Fall, respectively, shown in advance of the season) in New York at Lincoln Center which is the West side of town. The official sponsor of Fashion Week is Mercedes-Benz, so you often hear it referred to as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Getting Invited to Fashion WeekYou have to contact designer directly to be invited to Fashion Week. And even if you get an invitation, it's not necessarily a given that you'll get in. I got an invitation to Tracy Reese this season, but whoever was running the show cut like the last 50 attendees off (they said they were full after we waited an hour to get in.) That's one designer I'll never bother with again.
What to Wear to Fashion WeekI like to go with an effortless chic vibe, because much of Fashion Week involves standing in line, waiting for a show to start. This Fashion Week (Spring 2012) I wore things like a black maxi with a high slit, a short black dress with lace hem and denim jacket and a striped long tee with navy blazer, skinny jeans and bronze ballet flats. I'm over 40, so the last thing I want to do is try to wear something costumey like some of the bloggers do.
The CelebritiesYes, there are celebs. Everywhere. Some of them are not-that-famous like anyone from the Real Housewives or the Gossip Girl mom, Kelly Rutherford (Funny story: My friend Angie -- who was at a party with me when Kelly walked by, blurted out "I love you" to Kelly, when my friend meant to say "I loved you on O.C." Kelly cracked up, and so did my friend and I.) And of course the Kardashians are there. Sometimes famous bloggers like Susie Bubble or BryanBoy are the celebs. It's a weird fashion world.
The CollectionsI tend to think there's something good in almost every collection and try to see the designer's point of view. I also like to take time to digest several days' of collections before I start spitting out proclamations about what's "in" or "out." (and actually until Marc Jacobs shows -- which moved from his usual Monday to Thursday -- it's presumptuous to talk about which direction fashion is taking.)
Not all collections are created equal. And I don't necessarily love the same ones every time. For myself, I'm drawn to designers like Maria Cornejo who like to make cool-looking clothes for grown-ups. But I also appreciate classic NY designers like Michael Kors, Donna Karan and even Ralph Lauren for bringing consistent visions to the catwalks each season.