First Comes Fashion
First Comes Fashion is probably the most comprehensive online source of live, front row seat streaming for the major collections at fashion week. With a lineup of live streaming shows that includes Christian Siriano, Cynthia Rowley, Michael Kors and Vivienne Tam, FCF is well worth the price of admission - which just so happens to be your email address.
Plus, they've got great recaps and debriefings after every show - including the ones they're not covering. So, you can almost feel like you've seen it all, even if you're only seeing it on your computer screen.
I know, I know, AOL hasn't been in style since Kate Moss was still dragging her heroine chic heels back and forth on the runways. But, believe it or not, AOL's Stylist.com is a great source for what's happening on today's runways, with full fledged fashion coverage, features on the celebs sitting courtside and more.
They've even got an exclusive deal to live stream most of the shows happening at the downtown fashion week offshoot - M.A.C. & Milk. Which means that Stylist.com is the best spot to catch collections by fashionably fringe folks like Altuzarra, Erin Fetherston, Jeremy Scott and more.
Since Style.com is owned by the same company that publishes Vogue, you'd expect it to be a definitive destination for all things fashion week. And it is. With reviews of all the shows, and slideshows to match, this is a great site to get your fashion fix from pics.
And while they do have live streaming of some shows, what they have that's really cool is the ability to watch a slideshow with the looks 'in motion', meaning that as you're going through the slides, you can quickly click to see a few seconds of the model actually walking in the ensemble. They also have a fab timeline feature that lets you see a designer's evolution from collection to collection. Because she who does not know history is doomed to repeat shoulder pads. Or something like that.
Okay, so everyone knows about Twitter. But, what you might not know is that some of the most fabulous front row folks on fashion week can be stalked - I mean, found - on the mighty microblogging site.
Some great people to follow for the front row fashion week perspective (list courtesy of Mashable ) :
Official Twitter Fashion Week Microsite
@NYFW On Twitter
Chictopia bills itself as 'the people's fashion destination'. And, it definitely is one of the more populist style sites out there. It's got all sorts of features for users to create content, upload clothes, share style stories, etc.
But, what it does best is the 'style icon' reviews of the runway shows, where real women break down what's coming down the runway with real women in mind. They tell you what they're seeing, what they're thinking and - most importantly - how to translate those looks into your actual life. A great example is this review of Tracy Reese's recent show at Fashion Week. Soft white minidresses, here I come!
If you like your style with a healthy dose of real-world snark, then this is the place to be. They've got the fabulously catty coverage of the kind of behind the scenes drama that you don't usually get to see plastered on the homepage of a style site. And, they know how to do it right.
They've also got great blurbs summarizing their slideshows of show pics, so you can get a quick hit of fashion without a lot of effort - or reading. Because who wants to read when there are pretty runway looks to look at?
Firstview is a massive database with over 3282996 fashion photos, including looks from the latest collections. It's not much more than photos, so that's really all it's good for (and all there is to say about it), but if you want your fashion in the form of lots of pretty pictures, this is the place to go.
The reason to go to the Elle site is simple - they've got exclusive access to pretty much everything (and everyone) you could possibly want to watch during fashion week. And, they have a fantastic online video team. Now, I love the new Vogue.com redesign - so much so I even blogged about it earlier this week .
But, let's be frank. Vogue came late to the online party. And, although they arrived fashionably late, they're still catching up. So in the meantime, Elle is the best place to go for fashion videos, including interviews with the designers, chats with fashion experts and more. They also do a great job of translating the runway to the real world, with shopping and style tips from people who know what they're talking about.
Just like your mom, boss and pretty much everyone else you've ever met, Fashion Week is on Facebook . And, their Facebook page is a great place to find the fabulous features that only the folks actually throwing the event are able to get.
From interviews to behind the scenes footage to tidbits of fascinating info from the fashion shows themselves (a recent wall post: "Anna Wintour, sitting next to Serena Williams in the front row, took an extra-hard look at the Japanese floral-printed dresses — perhaps for herself?"), the Fashion Week Facebook page is a great way to see stylish updates in your stream all day long.
If style stalking is a favorite pastime of yours - don't be ashamed, it's one of mine too - then you have to find the Fashion Week venue on Foursquare . People watching is one of the great pleasures of actually attending a fashion show, and this is the next best thing.
Watch as new folks check in to Fashion Week, read their tips (hint: there's a great place for guac nearby) and pretend you're judging their outfits. It's almost like you're there, but without having to actually wait it out when the shows run late.
And, an honorable mention goes to MySpace , who recently published one of the coolest breakdowns of fashion week substance, style and history I've ever seen. Check it out if you want more info on the event as a whole, or just want to out-trivia your friends with fun fashion week facts (did you know the first fashion week was in 1943?).
Oh, and while you're on Myspace, check out their huge Fashion Week hub for more great fashion week content.
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