It's the last week before life becomes tipsy turvy. Fashion Week in NY begins on the 5th and goes through the 12th, marking the beginning of a hectic season (with Milan and other cities following). But I am not sure if it is going to be as crazy as years past.
Last season, Mayor Bloomberg started talking about moving the shows from Bryant Park to some where along the West Side Highway (if you are familiar with NYC, you know that everyone hates trekking out there). Though FW will be at Bryant Park again this season, there are going to be 50% less designers showing.
Normally, there are about 130 shows throughout the 7 days of fashion. This season, there is only about 70. Many (i.e. Chado Ralph Rucci) are opting to only show in Paris this year because of the dramatics. Others decided to do previews before fashion week (I worked on the Theory show last week) and others just are skipping NY altogether. Fashion Week is/was a big money maker for the city. I'm thinking the threat of moving it from Bryant Park to no-man's-land (the West Side Highway) was actually like the city shooting themselves in the foot.