Your Fashion Week Preview! 

Think you're sick of looking at heavy wool jackets and fur-embellished coats? Well, get ready for an entire week packed with models on runways wearing just that. But how much can you really complain about an entire week devoted to pretty people, pretty clothes, too much caffeine, Twitter, and alcohol? Ah, yes. My life is farce. For venturing into the platforms-and-accessories-laden hordes, here are a few insider tips to make you look official.

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Location, Location, Location

After more than 20 years, the fashion week caravan is officially leaving Bryant Park, making this season's collections in the tents its last. Next year, the "official" festivities move uptown to Lincoln Center, much to the grumblings of the community at large. (I've tried to point out the benefits of both a Whole Foods and an IMAX in close proximity, but to no avail.) Now, while the old guard says farewell to 42nd Street, the ever-expanding indie scene (aka "the cool kids") is to be found downtown at Milk Studios, where MAC at Milk will hit its sophomore stride. Simply wandering around 15th Street on the west side is bound to yield some eye-catching results.

Ones to Watch

In addition to commercially successful indies like Alexander Wang (will he show football clutches and ladies in their underoos again?), there are more than a few rising stars to keep tabs on, which is, ultimately, what gatherings like Fashion Week are for. Jeremy Scott will create quite a draw, mostly because he's become something of a Gaga designer, and it's exciting that both he and the talented Peter Jensen are hopping the pond to show here in New York instead of London. In addition, some of CFDA award winner Sophie Theallet's creations have made it onto the figure of one Michelle Obama, which virtually guarantees a packed front row and a collection that will be front-and-center in more department stores by fall. Finally, the indomitable twosome, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, will be showing their upscale, minimalist line The Row for the first time this season. Now, we're admittedly not fans of the whole celebrity-turned-designer fad, but so far the twins seem to be the real deal.

Celebrities! Parties! Pretty People!

Thanks to the ever-shrinking corridor that links fashion and celebrity, there are real, live celebrities at Fashion Week. To kick things off, Lady Gaga will perform at amfAR's annual charity gala on February 10th at Cipriani on 42nd Street. Also, it's pretty unlikely that Sarah Jessica Parker will skip out on Halston, considering she's a president and chief creative officer now (that still feels weird to say). And finally, there'll be enough reality TV blitz to go around, between cameras following Kelly Cutrone for her new Kell On Earth show to the Kardashians unveiling their line for Bebe during the week.

New York Fashion Week runs
February 11-18,

showing Fall 2010 collections

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