LifestyleFashion Week Bill Cunningham honored by New York Fashion Week photographers donning blue jackets By Anne Bratskeir Updated September 8, 2016 12:01 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Nicholas K. kicked off the first official day of New York Fashion Week, but before the show, there was a private little ceremony to honor New York Times lensman Bill Cunningham. During the ceremony, sponsored by IMG, more than 75 photographers and videographers in the photo pit received a blue jacket, a Cunningham trademark. The iconic Times fashion photographer died in June at the age of 87. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Astrid Stawiarz "Though he's no longer with us, Bill Cunningham's legacy lives on. We see his influence every day on the streets of New York, and we miss him," Catherine Bennett, SVP and managing director of IMG Fashion, said in a statement. "As New York Fashion Week kicks off, we acknowledge this incredible man through the individuals who will carry on his passion for life and love of fashion." Photo Credit: Getty Images / Astrid Stawiarz "It made the moment more nostalgic as this is us carrying on his tradition now and it connects us with his legacy," said Yana Paskova, a freelance photographer for the New York Times, who was still wearing the jacket way after the show. "The jacket is as much a concrete part of fashion week as Bill was." By Anne Bratskeir Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic NYFW reviews: Michael Kors is all about ease Here's what we think of the runway shows and presentations. An insider's guide to New York Fashion WeekNYFW officially begins Feb. 9. Christian Siriano brings body diversity to the runwayHis front row, also diverse, included Pamela Anderson and Ashley Graham. Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.