It began only a few years ago, this love affair designers now have for the massive, raw spaces on some of the piers jutting out into the Hudson River. One has even become quite the focus; It's Pier 57, dubbed "SuperPier" as it plays temporary host to a pop-up fashion market until the end of this week. Vendors include Opening Ceremony, DKNY, River Island by Rihanna, and food from the likes of Van Leeuwen Ice Cream and AsiaDog. Check out Gothamist's slide show for more.
3. Chelsea Market:
Although the conventional image of New York's Fashion Week is all the hustle and bustle around Lincoln Center, a few years ago saw a split in Fashion Week that took around a third of the designers downtownto Milk Studios in West Chelseafor "Milk Made" Fashion Week. You'll find the younger, cooler designers showing down here, such as Timo Weiland, Louise Goldin and Hood By Air. Before, between and after shows, everyone knows to go to the nearby interior marketplace that is Chelsea Market, where there is food, coffee, free WiFi, and shops for killing the time.
2. Hotel Bars:
Although the days are stressful and long, and the fashion set should be rehydrating with water and getting their beauty sleep, there is none of that. Hotel lounges and bars keep the cocktails coming, and some of the more "in" places (like The Bowery Hotel, The Standard, The Mark) have their lounges reserved for private parties during the weekno hotel guests allowed.
1. Lincoln Center:
Hands down, this is the spot which will be hit most by Fashion Weekkeeping tourists and everyone else out. Usually, this lovely square and cluster of cultural buildings to the northwest of Columbus Circle is a tourist's destination for opera, ballet and theatre. Your best bet, if you're not invited to a fashion show, is to have a sit by the central fountain and people watch, as Lincoln Center becomes a mecca for this activity all week.