NYFW spring 2017 preview: More than 100 shows with designers galore

Rio might be over, but New York Fashion Week, the Olympics of the fashion world, is on. It officially runs Sept. 8-15, as teams of fashion athletes (editors, reporters, photographers, bloggers, celebs and the like) sprint, race and tumble — those stilettos are the real challenge — all over town. Shows will take place at two major “arenas”: Skylight at Moynihan Station (West 33rd) and Skylight at Clarkson Square (in Soho), a midtown-downtown situation that makes the notion of pole-vaulting sort of practical.
While some 80 shows will occur at these two venues, scores more take place at other locales, including studios at Pier 59 and Milk on West 14th Street, the Highline and some yet-to-be-disclosed spaces. In many but not all cases, designers will strut their spring/summer 2017 collections. The newest sport this season is called “consumer facing,” an attempt to engage the general public. In a surging fashion movement, an ever-growing throng of designers is presenting “see-now-buy-now” capsule collections and, in a few cases, entire lineups that correspond to the season (in this case fall), offering consumers a chance to buy the looks in stores and online right away. There’s sooooo much to tell — here are some highlights.

Anne Bratskeir