A Day-by-Day Guide to Watching Fashion Week Online


YouTube Live from the Runway

Hey, we can’t all put on our highest heels and hit New York for Fashion Week every September and February. Luckily, most designers are committed to bringing their runways to the web, by livestreaming their shows via a designated YouTube channel (and if they’re streaming elsewhere, we’ve made a note of it below).  Read on for a daily schedule to virtually attend as much Spring 2012 Fashion Week as possible.

Thursday, September 8th:

  • Livestreaming shows include Nicholas K (9 am), BCBG Max Azria (10 am), Richard Chai (11 am), Supima (1 pm), and Tadashi Shoji (2 pm).
  • It’s also Fashion’s Night Out! The party-filled evening celebrating retail is scheduled to coincide with NYFW’s kickoff.  If you haven’t already, be sure to download the designated FNO app, for maps, party information, and access to FNO branded merchandise.

Friday, September 9th:

  • Livestreaming shows include Luca Luca (11 am), Rebecca Taylor (2 pm), Nicole Miller (6 pm), and Cynthia Rowley (7 pm).

Saturday, September 10th:

  • Livestreaming shows include Lacoste (10 am), Jill Stuart (11 am), Vivienne Tam (3 pm), Charlotte Ronson (6 pm), Monique Lhullier (7 pm).

Sunday, September 11th:

  • Livestreaming shows include Derek Lam (12 pm), Tracy Reese (2 pm), Diane von Furstenberg (4 pm), Custo Barcelona (7 pm), and Tommy Hilfiger (8 pm).
  • DKNY is showing at 1 pm today. They won’t be livestreaming, but their Twitter guru is one of the best in the business.  We’d recommend following the DKNY PR Girl account for an entertaining blow-by-blow.

Monday, September 12th:

Tuesday, September 13th:

  • Livestreaming shows include Badgley Mischka (10 am), Vera Wang (11 am), Herve Leger (2 pm), Tibi (7 pm), and Narciso Rodriguez (8 pm).
  • Tory Burch shows at 9 am.  She won’t be livestreaming, but the designer is an expert tweeter and keeps a great blog. We’d recommend following her here and here.

Wednesday, September 14th:

Thursday, September 15th:

  • None of the shows today are streaming on the designated YouTube channel.  Ralph Lauren, however, will be showing at 10 am, and New York Times subscribers/iPad owners can watch via the Times’ iPad app.  Marc Jacobs will present his ready-to-wear collection on his own site at 8 pm.

Daily:

  • If streaming fashion shows at work will only earn you a slap on the wrist, the most reliable site for short reviews and slideshows of complete collections posted quickly is Style.com.
  • Meanwhile, check our list of must-follow Twitter feeds to keep you updated in short, sweet form throughout the week.
  • And for the second season in a row, Tumblr is sending a gang of bloggers to document Fashion Week.  This should be a rich source of diverse, personal interpretations of the shows.

And to buy it all online…:

Not everyone finds it gratifying to merely window shop.  For those looking to get a hold of the collections well before they arrive in stores, members-only site Moda Operandi airs online trunk shows of many new collections a mere two days after they’ve gone down the runway.  MO members can then pre-order from the trunk shows, in order to receive the clothes between one and four months later (normal show-to-delivery time is around 6 months).


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