The internet is home to a glut of information on how to fake your way in to New York Fashion Week (seriously, Google it). But for the hundreds who desperately want in there are thousands who don’t understand why this week, or its worldwide counterparts, matter. New York Fashion Week has become an arena housing a spectacle of sartorial gladiators, a place to see and be seen, and a bit of an enigma to those who don’t work within the industry.
Perhaps it’s because Fashion Week is about more than just clothes. It exemplifies much of the quintessential New Yorker’s spirit, i.e. a willingness to get your hands dirty, a toughness that is untarnished by its accompanying grace, and the indestructible love of being in the thick of things. It proves it is possible to thrive on experiences — and to live on free Zone Indulgence bars and Light Frappuccinos, to don bare legs and five-inch heels in the midst of a snowstorm, to reapply your makeup in Sephora between show and party, and wash up in a portable toilet.
Plus this year marked the end of an era: the last season after 17 years of shows at Bryant Park before it moves to Lincoln Center. Below, check out some of our favorite images from a week filled with sartorial adventures.
Thirsty guests begin queuing up at the bar before it opens at 4:30 p.m. (champagne runs out within the first 30 minutes, though there are plenty of alcoholic alternatives that last all through the evening).
All photos courtesy of Alia Kahan.