Simone de Beauvoir once said, “There is something in the New York air that makes sleep feel useless.” And thus, the city that never sleeps was born.
This week New York City will be filled with a stampede of all the trendiest editors, bloggers, stylists and shutterbugs as one of the world’s major global events, New York Fashion Week, takes over.
Tickets to some of the major runway shows are for the fashion elite only, but don’t let that stop you feeling like an insider and thriving from the buzz it brings to the streets of New York. Take a stroll around the city and see what celebs you bump into or enjoy one of the free New York Fashion Week events that you can attend.
Make sure you have your best outfit ready, as you never know who might be taking your picture!
What is New York Fashion Week?
One of the four major fashion weeks in the world, it was first created in 1943 by Eleanor Lambert, and the event is held in February and September each year lasting seven to nine days. New York Fashion Week was created after World War 2 to attract attention away from French fashion when industry insiders were unable to travel to Paris to see their shows. It was also an opportunity to showcase neglected American designers to fashion journalists.
It was such a success that magazines like Vogue, which were normally filled with French designs, started to increasingly feature American fashion. By mid-1950 the event became known as “Press Week of New York” before CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) President, Stan Herman, and Executive Director, Fern Mallis, consolidated the citywide event in 1993. Staging them in a cluster of white tents in Bryant Park, “New York Fashion Week” was born with an estimated economic impact today of £688million.
10 of the best things to do in New York!
Take a Carriage Ride through Central Park
The carriage seats up to four people including a Central Park connoisseur. See historical sites around the park, as well as where some iconic movies were filmed. With New York Fashion Week in full swing and the city flooded with eccentric show stopping outfits you’re guaranteed to spot photoshoots taking place against the stunning back drop of Central Park.
Visit 5th Avenue
A must on any visit to New York.
One of the city’s most famous streets, with countless stores, museums, galleries and restaurants, it’s hard to know where to begin. Take a stroll down 5th Avenue and see the high-end shops extravagant window displays. Which of the celebs will you spot?
The Rockefeller Building
If the streets get a little too hectic head up to the top of the rock! The 70th floor of the Rockefeller Building has 360-degree views of New York City visible from both indoor and outdoor viewing decks. Get an unobstructed view of the Big Apple and the beautiful chaos of New York Fashion Week.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry Tour
The opportunity to get up close and personal with Lady Liberty.
Take the boat out onto the Hudson River and see the stunning New York skyline before having the opportunity to wander around the Island. The four-hour tour allows you to go up to the observation deck of the Statue of Liberty to take in the breath taking views before taking the ferry to Ellis Island. Here, you will get the perfect opportunity to explore the great hall and exhibitions and learn the history of the gateway that has seen over 12million immigrants come to the United States.
Empire State Building
Head to the centre of Midtown Manhattan and see the world famous landmark. Go up to the 86th floor observatory and take in the spectacular views, where on a clear day you can see as far as 80miles! Take in Central Park, Manhattan, New Jersey, Connecticut, and even Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
Set in the heart of Times Square, Madame Tussauds was voted one of New York’s most unique attractions. If you didn’t manage to rub shoulders with any celebs on 5th Avenue then make sure this is next on your agenda. Have your picture taken with some of the most iconic musicians, A-listers, sport legends, world leaders and more.
Feel like a true New Yorker and take a stroll across this iconic piece of New York skyline which stretches across the east river linking lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Having been featured in movies and TV shows, walk in the footsteps of your favourite stars and take in the spectacular views from either the Manhattan or Brooklyn entrance.
The world’s most famous traffic intersection!
Times Square is the centre of the thriving theatre district of Broadway and home to countless attractions. Feel the electricity of the New York streets and catch a Broadway show, enjoy non-stop laughter at Caroline’s Comedy Club or get lost in the music in Iridium Jazz Club. Whatever you decide to do, you’re certain not to be disappointed.
9/11 Memorial & Museum
Paying homage to the 2,893 victims of 1993 and 2001 attacks the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is located on the site of the original world trade centre. You can gaze into the reflecting pools in the tranquil pavilion of the 9/11 memorial before learning more about the Twin Tower tragedies through respectful interactive exhibits.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)
If shopping on 5th Avenue doesn’t appeal to you, then why not visit the world famous MET? Walk up the legendary steps and discover over 5,000 years of art through all cultures and time periods. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the place that art comes alive and reveals new ideas.
Whether you attend New York during Fashion Week or at any other time of the year, one thing is for sure… In the city that never sleeps you are guaranteed to get swept up in the electricity of the city and experience the trip of a lifetime!