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Your Fashion Week Primer, from A to Z

  • Najib Benouar

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Today marks the first day of New York Fashion Week, and the international fashion cognoscenti are descending upon Lincoln Center as we speak.

And as any well-read menswear enthusiast will tell you, it pays to know what exactly all the fuss is about (especially if you find yourself suddenly sharing a barstool with your new Estonian friend or in a heated debate with your tailor). So with that in mind, we’ve prepared an A-to-Z primer of talking points and trivia that should get your through the spectacle that is NYFW.

Herewith, the ABCs of New York Fashion Week.

A is for Alan, Steven. Buzzed-about and laden with American handsomeness, the collection is inspired by “’60s post-bop” and hits the runways Tuesday morning.

B is for B...B...Billion, the amount, in dollars (almost), that NYFW generates for the city of New York.

Colors C is for Colors, specifically these 10, which are predicted to be the most popular for Men’s Fall 2013. (Mykonos—always a favorite shade of blue.)

Duckie Brown D is for Duckie Brown, the force behind these posters—500 of which they plan to plaster ’round town—and the new Perry Ellis collection.

E is for Europeans. Tons of them. (So make sure to brush up on your stranger-kissing etiquette.)

F is for Free Drinks. Also, FIDM students with very questionable “press” passes getting drunk on same.

GantImage via GQ

G is for Gant. Menswear awaits the latest from Michael Bastian with bated breath.

H is for #Menswear. Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, YCB (“your corner bodega”). Nothing is safe from the barrage of street-style photography that will be happening this week.

I is for Interns. Behind every catwalk success are two dozen unpaid 25-year-olds with clipboards and big dreams.

JuxtapositionImage via GQ

J is for Juxtaposition. Everything is “this meets that.” Expect to be given a photo of hot-pink shoelaces alongside the words “ANALOG meets DIGITAL” in earnest. Take a moment. Exhale a pensive sigh. Nod approvingly. Move on.

K is for Kanye.

L is for Leather Kilts (... speaking of Kanye).

M is for MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela, a new line debuting this year at NYFW.

Newcomers N is for Newcomers. Specifically, of the female-model variety.

O is for Online, where you can watch more than half the shows this year.

Prints P is for Prints, especially of the animal variety, which were big in Milan. Expect to see more in New York.

Q is for Questionable Decisions. They happen every year.

R is for Really Weird Music. On runways, at parties, in the cab on your way home. Look forward to it.

S is for Sixteen. Which is the age of the youngest designer putting up a runway show in New York.

T is for Treasure & Bond, the CFDA pop-up shop in SoHo, opening today and featuring the 10 Fashion Fund finalists (i.e., lots of great clothes).

U is for Underboob. (Here’s to wishful thinking.)

V is for Velvet Blazers.

Anna Wintour W is for Wintour, Anna—and the inevitable absurd photograph or anecdote this week is bound to produce.

X is for that “X” on fashion labels—the international sign for collaboration.

Y is for Yesterday. As in, everything happening this week is going to be “so yesterday” by next week.

Z is for fashunZ.

— N.B.