It's impossible to find a taxi and the streets of Manhattan are cluttered with well-dressed fashion-lovers: New York Fashion Week FW16 has officially begun. Here's what you need to know about fashion's most important week of the year.

 

When is New York Fashion Week 2016?

New York Fashion Week FW16 will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 10 and runs through Thursday, Feb. 18. The week includes the Fall and Winter 2016 runway collections presented by various popular and lesser-known designers including Carolina Herrera, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, BCBG, Nicole Miller, Cristian Siriano and many, many more. 

Visit nyfw.com/schedule for a full lineup.

 

Where is New York Fashion Week held?

The days of tents in Lincoln Center and Bryant Park have been replaced by edgier runway settings including converted railway terminals and a former post office. NYFW shows are mainly at two Manhattan vanues: Skylight Clarkson Square and Moynihan Station. Some designers will choose to present in more original venues throughout the city. 

 

What should I wear to New York Fashion Week?

Two words: Comfortable shoes. Getting from show to show at New York Fashion Week isn't easy, and trying to do it in your highest heels won't make it any easier. Luckily, sneakers and flats are more in line with current trends than they have been in years past.

That said, if you're heading out on the city streets to show off your unique style, be sure to slip on the most outrageously fashionable footwear you own. We'll be out snapping photos of our favorite Fashion Week shoes and featuring them in our street style photo gallery.

 

How can I be a part of New York Fashion Week?

You're already a part of New York Fashion Week just by stepping out into the streets of Manhattan. Yes, the focus is on the designs that walk down the runway, but actually that's only half the important coverage. It's also about what attendees are wearing themselves. Manhattan transforms into meeting points of fashionistas that end up being photographed as if they're celebs.

 

How do I get tickets to New York Fashion Week?

Nabbing a ticket into Fashion Week is tricky -- tickets to runway shows are invite-only and unless you're a celebrity, getting those front row seats is even harder. But you still get an awesome virtual view of every show for free by watching NYFW's live broadcast at nyfw.com/live.