New York Fashion Week kicks off this week, and though the fashion bonanza is for a more exclusive (read: “by invitation only”) crowd, there are a few events open for those enamored by the glitz and glam. While you could spend your days hoping for an invite from Charlotte Ronson or Michael Kors, why not focus your efforts on RSVPing to one of the events below? While you won’t get to rub elbows with Diane Von Furstenberg or Donna Karen, you just might get inspired to create the next big line in fashion and land your own show. By Krissy Dolor.
Kick off NYFW with a trip to Nolita’s newly opened YN Wine Bar for “Panties & Prosecco,” which is also just in time for Valentine’s Day. Mingle with Lola Haze’s lingerie designer, Laura Mehlinger, and champagne extraordinaire Gregory von Hess, who will offer personal consultations. Snag some of Mehlinger’s lacy lingerie at up to 70 percent off retail, while sampling half-priced bubbly. Thursday, Feb. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrating Beauty Art Fashion @ Lazzoni
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For a mix of art, fashion and a brush of makeup, head to Lazzoni for a Pop-Up Art Event from celebrity makeup arrists D’angelo Thompson and Juliet Silva Yee. The night will highlight seven fashion photographers and illustrators who are both established talent and emerging faces in the industry. This free event will be hosted by Darian Darling. Thursday, Feb. 9 from 7 to 10 p.m. Snag your tickets here.
Pamela Quinzi Fashion Show @ Room Service Lounge
For a free fashion show that’s open to the public, head to Room Service Lounge for Pamela Quinzi’s launch party for her latest collection, “Cinderella of New York for Huntress.” Hampton Daze Magazine hosts the event with a special performance from Holly T. Must be 21 and older. Thursday, Feb. 9 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Show time at 9:30 p.m. RSVP: email@example.com.
Shop Indie 4 A Cause @ The Dwyer Culture Center
Join Peoples Resource And Development Association and Indie designers for a night of fashion, fun and good vibes. This charity event will benefit the Anti Generation Anti Generation Genocide Teen Anti Gun Violence and Entrepreneur Program. While you won’t walk the red carpet, you will rock the purple carpet, so dress accordingly. Saturday, Feb. 12 from 2 to 10 p.m. Purchase tickets here.
Small Boutique Fashion Week 2012 Show & Market @ Zanger Hall
If you’re hoping to break into the biz – or simply want to see up-and-comers up close – head to Zanger Hall for an evening of glamour and networking combined. Watch as the once exclusive Small Boutique Fashion Week Show & Market opens its doors to the public during this year’s fashion week and be a part of fashion history. Saturday, Feb. 11. Doors open 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. sharp. Purchase tickets here.