As designers from around the world showcase their best for the Fall/Winter season of 2010, it's the end of an era for Fashion Week. The shows will be moving from the Garment District's backyard, Bryant Park, to Lincoln Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
"This will be a significant season, as we reflect on 17 years, 31 seasons and close to 2,500 fashion shows in Bryant Park that have launched many careers....from designers to editors, models, producers, celebrities, TV commentators and reality shows. We all also look forward to the change — and September's move to Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center," said Fern Mallis, senior vice president of IMG Fashion, the event's producers.
There are many Fashion Week events scattered throughout event spaces, galleries and showrooms in New York City including the Meatpacking District's Milk studios.
Click ahead to catch a glimpse of the action.
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Models pose backstage for the ultra-luxe Italian lingerie label, La Perla.
Since October 2008, La Perla has been owned by JH Partners, a San Francisco-based private-equity firm focused on investments in growth-oriented consumer products with an emphasis on luxury brands.
La Perla says its winter collection was inspired by the book and film noir movie, "Black Dahlia." It's an ode to the iconic women of 1940's Hollywood and the dramatic beauties of the era.
Throngs of invited guests—and those hoping to sneak in—wait in the main lobby for Charlotte Ronson's Fall 2010 show.
Over the course of eight days, the tents at Bryant Park will be bustling from 9 am to 9 pm. About 100,000 people are expected to attend the shows and meet media, retailers and fashion professionals.
Before flight, models prepare for the runway backstage at Charlotte Ronson. The preferred choice of young models this season? Skinny jeans and high heels.
Fashion Week opened with the news of the tragic death of English designer Alexander McQueen.
"He had a lasting impact on fashion and is completely irreplaceable," said Bob Bland, a designer for Brooklyn Royalty (pictured). "He was the reason I got into fashion design," Bland explained.
B.J. Vines, aka Betsey Johnson, flanked by the media moments before her Valentine's Day show.
Her namesake brand now extends itself to clothes, shoes, fragrance, makeup, lingerie, legwear, and accessories, with more than 65 Betsey Johnson stores worldwide. Johnson sold a controlling stake in the brand to Boston-based private equity firm Castanea Partners in August 2007.
Sebastian stylists prep a model for hair and makeup. The brand is owned by Procter & Gamble.
Models await their order assignments before curtain time.
Fresh out of hair and makeup, a model backstage at Toni Maticevski poses before it's time to get dressed.
Models make the dash up the backstage stairway.
Melbourne-based fashion designer Toni Maticevski calmly adjusts his model's waist piece moments before she hits the runway.
It's always a party backstage at Betsey's shows: A model enjoys a treat.
One of more than a dozen Old West-inspired looks from the Gunslinger show.
Models wearing Old West-themed fashions backstage at Betsey Johnson.
A Betsey Johnson show model carries a Long Live McQueen sign and wears big red lips, a nod to the recently deceased designer's Fall 2009 runway show.
"Sex and the City" stylist Patricia Field poses underneath the Betsey neon show logo. Field paid a tribute to McQueen by wearing his famous skull scarf on her hat.
Kelly Osbourne, reality television star and daughter of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, walks the runway for Betsey Johnson.
Designer Gwen Stefani during her L.A.M.B presentation of Fall 2010 Fashions at the Milk Studios during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
L.A.M. B is an acronym for the pop star's first solo album, Love.Angel.Music.Baby. The brand is used on clothing, shoes, bags, watches, and fragrance.
A look at French designer Catherine Malandrino's Fall 2010 collection.
The Catherine Malandrino Collection and Catherine Malandrino Limited Edition brands are currently sold in the US, Japan, France and five other countries. Price points range from $600 to $2,500 retail for Limited Edition and $300 to $800 for Collection.