Your Guide to Fashion Week 2014 on the Lower East Side

Posted on: September 5th, 2014 at 4:49 pm by
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The tents may be off and away uptown behind security guards and droves of photographers, but you can still experience Fashion Week 2014 Lower East Style without a backstage pass. There are some awesome events going on in our neck of the woods full of fashion, art, food, drinks, and neighbors.

The Lower East Side is home to numerous fashion designers; I can literally look out my window and see Wolf forms, Singers, and rivet machines in other people’s apartments. This makes our streets and their unique stores, bars and restaurants a breeding ground for the less commercial fashion industry. Boisterous or basic, the LES is full of style, less raw than Brooklyn but more adventurous than most Manhattan hoods, and new boutiques open all of the time. The Hester Street Fair has become a vintage clothing mecca, and draws tourists below Delancey with new fervor every weekend.

This week, you can catch some pup fashion, buy yourself some local designer threads, and generally avoid the snobbery of the uptown bonanza while immersing yourself in the fashion culture of Downtown.

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Friday September 5:

  • La Petit Mort presents “Back In The Day” a BBQ with Midnight Marauders clock installation by Clockwork Cros, hats by Akimoto, and the launch of the Quiet Lunch magazine. DJ Hadji Quest spins A Tribe Called Quest. 37 Orchard St., 6-9pm
  • Dance off the drama of the first week of fashion week at Le Baron Chinatown’s “One Night Stand” party. Dj’s Q-tip of A Tribe Called Quest, Hex Hector, and Lawrence Lee boogie down 2 floors of revelers. You will likely see a few off-duty fashion somebody’s off in the distance. Le Baron Chinatown, 32 Mulberry St., 11pm-4am

Saturday September 6:

Pets in the LES located at Hester street Fair- Both Saturday and Sunday afternoons Hester Street Fair will be going to the dogs. People are encouraged to dress up their pets (cats welcome too!) and bring them to the runway. There will be a catwalk, photobooth, and the usual vendors of food and goods at this weekly event. Hester Street Fair, 1pm-4pm

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Photo: Lori Greenberg

Sunday September 7:

Lower East Side BID presents A Neighborhood Fashion Show (“Opening Night”). For those who don’t take advantage of the Orchard Street Pedestrian Mall on Sundays, this would be an excellent time to wander over. With dozens of local brands,, galleries and designers participating, this runway show curated by Amy Odell of Cosmopolitan Magazine will be a winner. Orchard street between Grand and Broome st 4-8pm

Project Sara Launch – Taking full advantage of the creative support of the neighborhood and it’s luminaries, pop up dinner troupe Project Sara has partnered with the Culinary Institute of America to bring a single ingredient focused prix fixe dinner to Eldridge street’s Studio Kitchen Cafe. Tickets are $80 for a 5-course meal. Studio Kitchen Cafe, 151 Eldridge St., 5pm

Wednesday September 10:

Meet socialite Alexa Chung at the Union Square Sephora – Venture slightly uptown and grab a bottle of Nails, inc nail polish to get the opportunity to say hi to fashion icon Alexa Chung, new Nails, Inc representative. Union Square Sephora, 45 East 17th St., 6pm-7:30pm

You can also stream the runway shows live from some of the great cafe’s, bars, and coffee shops that have free wifi such as Forgtmenot, Atlas Cafe, 12 Corners, Berkli Parc, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, and Stanley’s Pharmacy. Free live streaming of most Mercedes Benz Fashion Week shows can be found here.

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