A Complete Guide to New York Fashion Week

A Complete Guide to New York Fashion Week

The full schedule, how to watch the shows, and more.

<p>JP Yim/Getty Images for Christian Siriano</p>

JP Yim/Getty Images for Christian Siriano

In case you couldn’t tell by the early onslaught of pumpkin-flavored everything and end-of-season sales, summertime is coming to a close, and fall is right around the corner. And the true signifier of fall’s arrival — at least for fashion lovers — comes in September: the return of New York Fashion Week

For the uninitiated, New York Fashion Week (often abbreviated NYFW) takes place twice a year — once in February and once in September — and kicks off what’s become known as Fashion Month, an industry event during which designers showcase their collections for the upcoming season.

This year, New York Fashion Week will begin on Friday, September 8th and end Wednesday, September 13th, and is expected to be jam-packed with runway shows, presentations, lectures, and even digital events centering around the upcoming trends for spring and summer 2024.

NYFW is highly anticipated by fashion lovers and the industry alike, as it’s every designer’s time to share their vision. And although fashion is always changing and evolving, it’s also cyclical; you never know what’s going to come into style and what will return. In New York and the cities that follow (London, Milan, and Paris, consecutively) the runways unveil it all.

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According to the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) preliminary schedule, 71 designers are confirmed to show this year. The schedule is packed with returning brands, exciting comebacks including Ralph Lauren, Jonathan Cohen, and 3.1 Phillip Lim, as well as some first-time presenters.

Although the majority of NYFW events are not open to the public, there are plenty of ways those outside the industry can stay up-to-date on the week’s happenings. All of the details you need to do so are below.

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Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Tory Burch

Where Is NYFW?

NYFW has been held in a few locations over the years. It was first established by the fashion industry’s first-ever publicist, Eleanor Lambert back in 1943 to give American designers exposure during World War II. She called it “Press Week,” and designers gave presentations exclusively to the press and buyers at the Plaza Hotel.

Press Week gained traction quickly, and the success inspired designers to take their presentations beyond The Plaza. Choosing their setting became artistically strategic. In addition to department stores and showrooms, nightclubs, lofts, and galleries were often booked, according to Vogue UK.

Cut to 1993, and NYFW would take place in Bryant Park to centralize the shows (a luxury for attendees that had been running around the city to view one presentation after another). The venue was dubbed “Seventh on Sixth” — a reference to the fashion district moving east one avenue — and tents were stationed around midtown Manhattan for designers to show their collections. It was a significant move, attracting corporate sponsorships and leading to the event’s rebranding to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2007.

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Fashion Week took place in Bryant Park for 17 years, but because the event became so successful, and its presentation calendar expanded to over 300 shows, a venue change was in order. As a result, NYFW was moved to Lincoln Center in 2010, but the performing arts hub would be a temporary home as an advocacy group claimed it was negatively impacting nearby Damrosch Park.

These days, NYFW is a bit less centralized. Per the CFDA, NYFW mainly takes place at Spring Studios, an event space in Tribeca, though some designers choose to host their shows elsewhere around the city, including Brooklyn. According to The Bureau (formerly known as The Society Fashion Week), some NYFW events will take place at the Conrad Downtown New York.

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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors

Who Attends NYFW?

Originally, invitations were only sent to fashion editors and writers, along with fashion buyers. Now, stylists, influencers, and celebrities are also at the top of the invite list. However, that isn’t to say fashion lovers outside the fashion industry can’t partake in some festivities. Some brands stream their runway shows live, and clips of presentations are bound to circulate on social media, whether on the brand’s channels or those of attendees. What’s more, while most of NYFW is not open to the public, some shows are. Find out which ones you can score tickets to here.

NYFW Spring/Summer 2024 Show Schedule*

Friday, September 8th

  • 9 a.m. – Cinq à Cept (by appointment)

  • 10:30 a.m. – A. Potts (presentation)

  • 10:30 a.m. – Kent Anthony (presentation)

  • 10:30 a.m. – Terry Singh (presentation)

  • 10:30 a.m. – Clara Son (presentation)

  • 10:30 a.m. – B | M | C (presentation)

  • 12 p.m. – Mirror Palais (runway)

  • 2 p.m. – Helmut Lang (runway)

  • 4:30 p.m. – Sebastian AMI (presentation)

  • 4:30 p.m. – The Salting (presentation)

  • 4:30 p.m. – SKYCO (presentation)

  • 4:30 p.m. – Raleigh Workshop (presentation)

  • 5 p.m. – Prabal Gurung (runway)

  • 6 p.m. – Collina Strada (runway)

  • 9 p.m. – Private Policy (runway)

  • All-day appointments: Kobi Halperin, Bugatchi, Et Ochs, Hérve Léger

Saturday, September 9th

  • 10 a.m. – Theory (runway)

  • 11 a.m. – Bevza (runway)

  • 12 p.m. – Proenza Schouler (runway)

  • 1 p.m. – Sami Miro Vintage (runway)

  • 2 p.m. – TIBI (runway)

  • 4 p.m. – PATBO (by appointment)

  • 4 p.m. – Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet (presentation)

  • 7 p.m. – Khaite (runway)

  • 8 p.m. – Eckhaus Latta

  • All-Day Appointments: Chan Chit Lo, Nicholas Raefski

Sunday, September 10th

  • 11 a.m. – Studio 189 (runway)

  • 12 p.m. – FFORME (runway)

  • 1 p.m. – Colin Locascio (runway)

  • 2 p.m. – Jason Wu Collection (runway)

  • 3 p.m. – Advisry (runway)

  • 4 p.m. – Adeam (runway)

  • 5 p.m. – 3.1 Phillip Lim (runway)

  • 6 p.m. – AREA (runway)

  • 9 p.m. – Who Decides War (runway)

Monday, September 11th

  • 10 a.m. – Michael Kors (runway)

  • 1 p.m. – AKNVAS (runway)

  • 3 p.m. – Dennis Basso (runway)

  • 8 p.m. – Tory Burch (runway)

  • All-day appointments: Kate Barton

Tuesday, September 12th

  • 9 a.m. – Naeem Khan (runway)

  • 1 p.m. – Wiederhoeft (runway)

  • 2 p.m. – Bach Mai (runway)

  • 3 p.m. – NIHL (digital activation)

  • 3 p.m. – Pamella Roland (runway)

  • 4 p.m. – Carolina Herrera (runway)

  • 5 p.m. – Tanner Fletcher (runway)

  • 6 p.m. – LoveShackFancy (presentation)

  • 9 p.m. – Dion Lee (runway)

  • All-day appointments: Interior, Teddy Vonranson

Wednesday, September 13th

  • 9 a.m. – KallMeyer (presentation)

  • 10 a.m. – Ashlyn (runway)

  • 12 p.m. – Frederick Anderson (runway)

  • 1 p.m. – Puppets and Puppets (runway)

  • 2 p.m. – Bibhu Mohapatra (runway)

  • 3 p.m. – PH5 (runway)

  • 5 p.m. – Badgley Mischka (runway)

  • 6 p.m. – Willy Chavarria (runway)

  • 7 p.m. – The Blonds (runway)

  • 8 p.m. – Luar (runway)

*This schedule is subject to change.

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