New York Fashion Week evolves ahead of the pack

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The total look for spring means head-to-toe fashion togetherness. This red and white checked Adolpho ensemble calls for the chiaroscuro look in makeup with subtle shadings of color moving from dark to light. It was one of six moods for the coming season presented by Coty Originals in New York during the New York Couture Business Council’s National Press Week on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1970. (AP Photo)
This white lace short evening dress and matching coat was one of the late Christian Dior’s creation designed before his death in fall in 1957. The evening dress was among those at the National press week showings in New York on Jan. 3, 1958 which featured fashions for spring, 1958. Dior called this collection, designed for the American market, The “New Era”. (AP Photo)
Joan Kennedy, front row right, wife of Mass. Sen. Edward Kennedy, watches showing of Fiandaca's spring couture collection, Nov. 6, 1980 at New York's Plaza Hotel. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Eleanor Lambert, fashion designer, shown on Dec. 13, 1963. Location unknown. (AP Photo)
Reporter Richard Cobb (C) talking with models at a fashion show at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. (Photo by Joseph Scherschel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Fashion show in Jade Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Fashion Show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. (Photo by Bob Landry/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 14: Fashions of the '60s: Model Jackie Blanchard shows beaded hostess pajamas, worn by Angie Dickinson in the movie 'The Art of Love,' at the Waldorf-Astoria. (Photo by Dan Farrell/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
A model moves down the aisle wearing a sea-green sequin dinner gown at the Norman Norell fall fashion show collection opening in New York City on Aug. 16, 1967. (AP Photo)
Joan Kennedy, front row right, wife of Mass. Sen. Edward Kennedy, watches showing of Fiandaca's spring couture collection, Thursday, Nov. 6, 1980 at New York's Plaza Hotel. Model wears softly flounced skirt and top and carries coordinating jacket. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Joan Kennedy, front row right, wife of Mass. Sen. Edward Kennedy, watches showing of Fiandaca's spring couture collection, Nov. 6, 1980 at New York's Plaza Hotel. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Basketball player Walt Frazier of the New York Knicks models a black mink fur coat outside Manhattan's Plaza Hotel Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1974. The coat was one of a number of mink fashions displayed at the Annual Ben Kahn Fur Collection showing in New York. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
Whether designing for daytime or evening wear, Claire McCardell continues to create fashions with the casual look with which she has made a major impression on the clothes American women wear. This is revealed in her new collection, July 2, 1953, which was the first shown to fashion editors from all over the United States and from Canada as the Couture Group of the New York Dress Institutes opened its 21st National Press Week in New York. This costume, in Oxford grey, combined a coif blouse in jersey with a wool skirt ness. The coif, attached to the blouse, is a new version of the separate little hood which Miss McCardell showed successfully in 1952. (AP Photo/Bob Wands)
French fashion designer Christian Dior gazes at New York City from the liner Queen Mary after the ship docked, Oct. 17, 1956. He is here for a three-week visit during which he will preside at the October 23 opening of his American spring collection. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)
The sleeveless “nothing” sheath, a favorite with Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, becomes something dazzling all over in gold beads with extra ribbons of gold beads around arm openings, arms and hemline, the cocktail dress was a part of designer Larry Aldrich’s fall collection shown at one of the New York couture group’s semi-annual press week shows on July 2, 1962. (AP Photo)
This ball gown by Roxanne of Samuel Winston was an eye opener at the show opening the New York couture group's semi-annual fashion press week, July 2, 1962. The pink, rose and silver-printed brocade is cut low in front. A rhinestone pinned to the sash bow in front adds more glitter. (AP Photo)
This double-breasted white wool coat by Originala features subtle shaping, a wide notched collar and fuller than usual sleeves. The costume, topped off by the white mink Cossack’s hat by Lilly Dache, was shown to fashion writers at the week long parade of fall fashions sponsored by the New York Couture Group on July 3, 1962. (AP Photo)
A model poses in a design by Anne Fogarty at a press preview fall fashion show in New York City on June 26, 1964. The slim, sleeveless white wool dress with a high waist is emphasized by a satin pull-through bow. The bulky cape coat is raccoon. The week-long program is sponsored by about 40 American fashion houses. (AP Photo)
Anne Fogarty's discotheque dress, a sleeveless bias cut with a flirty skirt flounce, is shown in New York City on Saturday, June 27, 1964 for Fashion Week, which begins tomorrow. The knee-length dress has a back bow and is worn with gloves, a brooch and a big puff muff reminiscent of the 1930s. (AP Photo)
Formal floor-length culottes in glen plaid created by Anne Klein of Junior Sophisticates is presented to fashion editors during Couture Group's press week in New York City on July 7, 1964. The sleeveless evening outfit is worn with a low-riding black sequined reptile thong belt. (AP Photo)
A fashion model poses in front of the Regency Hotel in New York City on July 8, 1964. She is wearing a red and green wool plaid A-line coat, which was modeled for the Carnegie Fashion House at the New York Couture Group's press week fashion show. (AP Photo)
Dramatic or pretty, bare or covered-up, after-dark fashions for fall give women a chance to put their best looks forward. New trends and new versions of holdover themes are being previewed in New York on July 8, 1964, where more than 200 fashion writers are seeing fall fashions in the New York Couture Group’s semi-annual Press Week showings. Among the ideas which pop up insistently are the one shoulder dress, the deep plunge or wide bare décolletage, pants for at-home wear or in some collections, to going out, and everywhere, the discotheque dress, usually black but sometimes bright. A huge black satin bow accents the one-shoulder theme in a black wool evening dress by Donald Brooks in his fall collection for Townley. (AP Photo)
The wide skirt made a comeback with this red, white, and blue silk printed dress with white linen jacket designed by Bill Blass of Maurice Rentner, shown Jan. 3, 1965. It was modeled for more than 200 fashion writers for the New York couture group's semi-annual press week activities. (AP Photo)
The “flower face” is one look from Coty shown in New York City on Jan. 15, 1970, to be presented at the New York Couture Business Council’s 54th National Press Week which begins on Sunday. More than 40 manufactures will show the coming season’s fashions. (AP Photo/Lederhandler)
Off the face straw and head huggers are part of the hat for the spring, presented at the New York couture council's press week, Jan. 7, 1972. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine)
Off the face straw and head huggers are part of the hat for the spring, presented at the New York couture council's press week, Jan. 7, 1972. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine)
Off the face straw and head huggers are part of the hat for the spring, presented at the New York couture council's press week, Jan. 7, 1972. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine)
Off the face straw and head huggers are part of the hat for the spring, presented at the New York couture council's press week, Jan. 7, 1972. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine)
Carolina Herrera waves to the audience after showing her fashion collection at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on Nov. 1, 1985. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK - MID 1990s: Calvin Klein during fashion week in the mid 1990s in New York City, New York. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MID 1990s: Nadja Auermann and fan during fashion week in the mid 1990s in New York City, New York. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images)
Christy Turlington at the Bryant Park in New York City, New York (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 4: Model Veronica Webb attends the 7th on Sixth Spring 1994 Fashion Week: Isaac Mizrahi Fashion Show on November 4, 1993 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
284537 10: An unidentified woman models an item from Oscar de la Renta's Spring 1997 collection at the 7th on Sixth Fashion Shows October 31, 1996 in New York City. 7th on Sixth, Inc. was founded in 1993 to organize and centralize the runway shows of American designers. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
284537 11: An unidentified woman models an item from Oscar de la Renta's Spring 1997 collection at the 7th on Sixth Fashion Shows October 31, 1996 in New York City. 7th on Sixth, Inc. was founded in 1993 to organize and centralize the runway shows of American designers. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
284537 15: Top model Irina Pantaeva presents an item from Oscar de la Renta's Spring 1997 collection at the 7th on Sixth Fashion Shows October 31, 1996 in New York City. 7th on Sixth, Inc. was founded in 1993 to organize and centralize the runway shows of American designers. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
284537 16: An unidentified woman models an item from Oscar de la Renta's Spring 1997 collection at the 7th on Sixth Fashion Shows October 31, 1996 in New York City. 7th on Sixth, Inc. was founded in 1993 to organize and centralize the runway shows of American designers. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
284537 17: An unidentified woman models an item from Oscar de la Renta's Spring 1997 collection at the 7th on Sixth Fashion Shows October 31, 1996 in New York City. 7th on Sixth, Inc. was founded in 1993 to organize and centralize the runway shows of American designers. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
284537 18: An unidentified woman models an item from Oscar de la Renta's Spring 1997 collection at the 7th on Sixth Fashion Shows October 31, 1996 in New York City. 7th on Sixth, Inc. was founded in 1993 to organize and centralize the runway shows of American designers. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
284537 01: Designer Oscar de la Renta walks with models at the presentation of his Spring 1997 collection at the 7th on Sixth Fashion Shows October 31, 1996 in New York City. 7th on Sixth, Inc. was founded in 1993 to organize and centralize the runway shows of American designers. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
284537 03: An unidentified woman models an item from Oscar de la Renta's Spring 1997 collection at the 7th on Sixth Fashion Shows October 31, 1996 in New York City. 7th on Sixth, Inc. was founded in 1993 to organize and centralize the runway shows of American designers. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 2: Model Carla Bruni attends the 7th on Sixth Spring 1994 Fashion Week: Oscar de la Renta Fashion Show on November 2, 1993 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 4: Model Carla Bruni attends 7th on Sixth Spring 1994 Fashion Week: Isaac Mizrahi Fashion Show on November 4, 1993 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
One of two tents in Bryant Park on 42nd Street, location of Manhattan?s annual fashion week extravaganza, provides a backdrop for a relaxing individual on Thursday, Nov. 4, 1993 in New York. Everybody from Donna Karan in Calvin Klein to Betsey Johnson unveiled their new lines beneath the big top in Bryant Park. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
People fill the steet in front of the tents in Bryant Park on the last day of New York Fashion Week, Thursday Sept. 17, 2009. In February the tents will be set up for one last season in the midtown Manhattan park that has been home to Fashion Week twice a year since 1993. Next September the operation will move north to Lincoln Center.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Dancers perform on the runway at the DL 1961 Premium Denim Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Alice Tully Hall on February 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Dancers perform on the runway at the DL 1961 Premium Denim Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Alice Tully Hall on February 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Dancers perform on the runway at the DL 1961 Premium Denim Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Alice Tully Hall on February 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 4: Model Veronica Webb attends the 7th on Sixth Spring 1994 Fashion Week: Isaac Mizrahi Fashion Show on November 4, 1993 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 6: Model Veronica Webb walking down the runway at the Fall 1994 Fashion Week: Donna Karan Fashion Show on April 6, 1994 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Naomi Campbell during Fall Fashion Week Featuring Fashion Show by Todd Oldman -April 7, 1994 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Naomi Campbell during Fall Fashion Week Featuring Fashion Show by Todd Oldman -April 7, 1994 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Naomi Campbell during Fall Fashion Week Featuring Fashion Show by Todd Oldman -April 7, 1994 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Helena Christensen during Fall Fashion Week Featuring Fashion Show by Todd Oldman -April 7, 1994 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Helena Christensen during Fall Fashion Week Featuring Fashion Show by Todd Oldman -April 7, 1994 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 7: Model Cindy Crawford walks the runway at the Fall 1994 Fashion Week: Todd Oldham Fashion Show on April 7, 1994 at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 7: Model Cindy Crawford walks the runway at the Fall 1994 Fashion Week: Todd Oldham Fashion Show on April 7, 1994 at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 7: Model Niki Taylor attends the Fall 1994 Fashion Week: Todd Oldham Fashion Show on April 7, 1994 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Beverly Peele at the Bryant Park in New York City, New York (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Naomi Campbell during Fall Fashion Week-Fashion by Ghost Tanya Sarne - April 8, 1994 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Eva Herzigova during Fall Fashion Week Party for Maria Snyder at Budda Bar in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Naomi Campbell during Fall Fashion Week - Oscar De La Renta Fashion Show at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 10: Model Bridget Hall walks the runway at New York Fall 1994 Fashion Week: Calvin Klein Fashion Show on April 10, 1994 at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Helena Christensen during Fall Fashion Week-Fashion by Isaac Mizrahi - April 12, 1994 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Naomi Campbell during Fall Fashion Week-Fashion by Isaac Mizrahi - April 12, 1994 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 12: Model Cindy Crawford walks the runway at the Fall 1994 Fashion Week: Isaac Mizrahi Fashion Show on April 12, 1994 at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 13: Model Bridget Hall walks the runway at New York Fall 1994 Fashion Week: Richard Tyler Fashion Show on April 13, 1994 at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nadja Auermann faces a wall of photographers wearing a white silk/acetate mikado wrap and matching bias micro skirt at the end of the showing of Donna Karan s Spring 1996 signature collection in New York Friday, Nov. 3, 1995. Karan's show marked the end of individual design rollouts for New York's1995 "Seventh On Sixth" fashion week. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Kate Moss in New York, New York (Photo by Rose Hartman/WireImage)
Kate Moss during Spring Fashion Week - Isaac Mizrahi - 1995 in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Rose Hartman/WireImage)
Carla Bruni (Photo by Rose Hartman/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 4: Trish Goff attends Fashon Week Todd Oldham Fashion Show on April 4, 1995 at Brant Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 5: Model Niki Taylor and model walking on the runway at the Fall 1995 Fashion Week: Ralph Lauren Fashion Show in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 5: Model Niki Taylor walking on the runway at the Fall 1995 Fashion Week: Anne Klein Fashion Show on April 5, 1995 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Tyra Banks during Fall Fashion Week Fashion by Bill Blass - April 6, 1995 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Supermodel Naomi Campbell wears a Paradise silk/shantung shift evening gown during the Victor Alfaro 1996 Spring/Summer fashion show 30 October in New York. Fashion week began 29 October with the top designers exhibiting through 03 November. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: A model wears a column peignoir in purple 'Bedroom Beauty' satin in the Betsey Johnson spring 1996 fashion show 30 October in New York. Fashion week began 29 October with the top designers exhibiting through 03 November. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read JON LEVY/AFP/Getty Images)
Molly Ringwald at the Fall 1995 Fashion Week: Cynthia Rowley Fashion Show, Bryant Park, New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 31: Model Cindy Crawford walks the runaway at the Seventh on Sixth Spring 1996 Fashion Week: Todd Oldham Fashion Show on October 31, 1995 at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 31: Model Veronica Webb walking the runway at the 7th on Sixth Spring 1996 Fashion Week: Todd Oldham Fashion Show on October 31, 1995 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 31: Model Niki Taylor walking on the runway at the Seventh on Sixth Spring 1996 Fashion Week: Told Oldham Fashion Show on October 31, 1995 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 28: Actress Kylie Travis attends the 7th on Sixth Spring 1996 Fashion Week: Versace Fashion Show on October 28, 1995 at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A model wears an animated floral stretch crepe baby doll, part of the Betsey Johnson Spring 1997 fashion collection 28 October in New York. Fashion week runs through 01 November in New York. (Photo credit should read JON LEVY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 31: Model Veronica Webb walking the runway at the 7th on Sixth Spring 1996 Fashion Week: Todd Oldham Fashion Show on October 31, 1995 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 31: Model Niki Taylor walking on the runway at the Seventh on Sixth Spring 1996 Fashion Week: Richard Tyler Fashion Show on October 31, 1995 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 4: Model Cindy Crawford attends the 7th on Sixth Spring 1998 Fashion Week: Todd Oldham Fashion Show on November 4, 1997 at The Armory in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 8: Model Jodie Kidd and model Kristen McMenamy attend the 1997 New York Fall Fashion Week: Todd Oldham Fashion Show on April 8, 1997 at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
284537 06: Top model Shiraz presents an item from Oscar de la Renta's Spring 1997 collection at the 7th on Sixth Fashion Shows October 31, 1996 in New York City. 7th on Sixth, Inc. was founded in 1993 to organize and centralize the runway shows of American designers. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Model Linda Evangelista wears a full length flower print red lined cape coat over white pants in the showing of the Todd Oldham Spring 1997 fashion collection 29 October in New York. Fashion week runs through 01 November in New York. (Photo credit should read JON LEVY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 4: Model Cindy Crawford attends the 7th on Sixth Spring 1998 Fashion Week: Todd Oldham Fashion Show on November 4, 1997 at The Armory in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a grey turtle neck with a red skirt and grey leggings during the Versus Fall-Winter collection show 28 March in New York. Donatella Versace, sister of slain designer Gianni Versace, now runs the Versus line of clothing. This was the opening show of the spring Fashion Week in New York. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a red knee length coat over a purple sleveless top and white trousers during the BCBG by Max Azria fashion show 02 November in New York. The show is part of the Fashion Week Spring 1999 Women's Collection. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a blue and white striped voluminous floor length top over yellow trousers during the Oscar de la Renta fashion show 03 November in New York. The show is part of the Fashion Week Spring 1999 Women's Collection. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Models parade the catwalk during the Bill Blass fashion show 05 November in New York. The show is part of the Fashion Week Spring 1999 Women's Collection. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Siberian model Irina Pantaeva peeks over a divider backstage before the runway show for the Spring 2000 collection of designer Vivienne Westwood Friday Sept. 17, 1999.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Designer Tommy Hilfiger walks arm-in-arm down the runway with supermodel Naomi Campbell at the conclusion of his spring 2000 collection at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
USA / NEW YORK / 18SEPT. 1998 (666298) Supermodel Kate Moss wears a fire and lime placement color-block dress at the Calvin Klein Spring 1999 show in New York September 18. A group of New York designers are presenting their collections before the European designers for the first time this week. PHOTO JEFF CHRISTENSEN / GAMMA-LIAISON F 338100 003
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a black wedding dress with a veil during the Oscar de la Renta fashion show 03 November in New York. The show is part of the Fashion Week Spring 1999 Women's Collection. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model displays an oufit during the showing of the Zang Toi 1999 Fall/Winter collection at Bryant Park in New York 18 February. The show will run throughout the week. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model presents a floral organza strapless dress during the Bill Blass show 16 September 1999 at the Fashion Week Spring 2000 Collections shows in New York. Organizers cancelled the remaining shows for the day following a directive by New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for all non-emergency business to close down due to the effects of Hurricane Floyd. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A barefoot model wears a gray floor-length dress during the Vivienne Westwood show 17 September 1999 at the Fashion Week Spring 2000 Collections shows in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a printed floor-length dress during the Randolph Duke show 17 September 1999 at the Fashion Week Spring 2000 Collections shows in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a green fringe top over green trousers during the Vivienne Tam show 18 September, 1999, at the Fashion Week Spring 2000 Collections shows in New York. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Supermodel Kate Moss has her hair styled backstage before the start of the runway show of the Marc Jacobs Spring 2000 collection in New York Monday Sept. 13, 1999.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a white sleeveless top over print trousers during the Ellen Tracy fashion show 14 September, 1999, at the Fashion Week Spring 2000 Collections in New York. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a khaki cashmere and silk beaded sweater set and ash silk taffeta skirt during the Oscar de la Renta fashion show 14 September 1999 at the Fashion Week Spring 2000 Collections in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a multi-colored print dress during the Vivienne Tam show 18 September, 1999, at the Fashion Week Spring 2000 Collections shows in New York. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a cream halter top over a green-silver floor-length skirt during the Carlina Herrera show at the Fashion Week Spring 2000 Collections 13 September 1999 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a wide brim hat with a long-sleeve sheer black top over a white print skirt during the Anna Sui fashion show 15 September, 1999 at the Fashion Week Spring 2000 Collections shows in New York. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a chartreuse leather shell and turquoise silk taffeta pouf skirt at the Oscar de la Renta show during Spring 2001 Fashion Week in New York 19 September 2000. (FILM) AFP PHOTO Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Two dalmations pass each other on the runway during the '102 Dalmatians' show during 7th on Sixth Fashion Week in New York, 14 September 2000. The show featured costumes from the new Disney movie '102 Dalmations' as well as Betsey Johnson and Joe Boxer designs inspired by the movie. AFP PHOTO/Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a pink cotton 'rubber ducky' dress with 'ducky' panties at the Betsey Johnson show during Spring 2002 Fashion Week in New York 10 September 2001. AFP PHOTO Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a cloud silk georgette printed wrap top and indigo denim stretch applique short skirt at the BCBG Max Azria show during Spring 2002 Fashion Week in New York. AFP PHOTO Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes-Benz Spring 2002 Fashion Week: Cynthia Steffe Spring 2002 fashion show at Bryant Park in New York City. 9/10/2001. Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a red silk dress and silk chiffon overlay with studs at the Mark Montano Spring 2002 show during Fashion Week in New York 09 September 2001. AFP PHOTO/Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model presents a hot pink chiffon gown with jeweled hip belt at the Bob Mackie show during Fall 2001 Fashion Week in New York, 16 February 2001. AFP PHOTO/Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a green crepe and gold lace pant costume at the Bob Mackie show during Fall 2001 Fashion Week in New York 16 February 2001. AFP PHOTO Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
385721 14: A model wears an outfit from the Bob Mackie Fall 2001 collection February 16, 2001 on the last day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Newsmakers)
385721 01: A model wears an outfit from the Bob Mackie Fall 2001 collection February 16, 2001 on the last day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Newsmakers)
7th on Sixth / Mercedes-Benz 2001 Fashion Week: Actress Izabella Miko backstage at the Anand Jon Fall 2001 fashion show at WWF Restaurant in Times Square, New York City. 02/14/2001. Photo: Evan Agostini / ImageDirect
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears lime camisole with orange denim knickers at the Betsey Johnson show during Fall 2001 Fashion Week in New York 13 February 2001. AFP PHOTO Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a aubergine silk chiffon beaded dress at the BCBG Max Azria women's show during Fall 2001 Fashion Week in New York 12 February 2001. AFP PHOTO Doug/KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a camel leather paneled coat, camel cashmere crewneck and camel cotton moleskin pant at the BCBG Max Azria women's show during Fall 2001 Fashion Week in New York 12 February 2001. AFP PHOTO/Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
7th on Sixth / Mercedes-Benz Fall 2001 Fashion Week: Badgley Mischka Fall 2001 fashion show at Bryant Park in New York City. 02/12/2001. Photo: Evan Agostini / ImageDirect
385486 02: A model wears an outfit from the Anne Bowen Fall 2001 collection February 12, 2001 on the fifth day of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Newsmakers)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A model wears a single strap dress with cut out bodice in red velvet and single sleeved stole in red fox fur at the Manuel Fernandez show during Fall 2001 Fashion Week in New York 11 February 2001. AFP PHOTO/Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
** ADVANCE FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 14 ** A model wears a dress with artisan details at the BCBG Max Azria show in New York City on Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, the fourth day of Fashion Week. (AP Photo/John Smock)
Naomi Campbell is applauded as she walks the runway in the 'Fashion for Relief' show Friday, Sept. 16, 2005 in New York. 'Fashion for Relief' was the final show of Fashion Week in New York and all funds from the ticket sales went to benefit AmeriCares. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
A model wears a pale French blue and white vintage broadcloth fine striped dress at the presentation of the Ralph Lauren spring 2006 collection Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, on the last day of Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
A model wears a pale french blue-white vintage broadcloth striped dress at the showing of the Ralph Lauren spring 2006 collection during Fashion Week, Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
A smoky lavender silk taffeta seamed bodice ballgown is modeled during the presentation of the spring/summer 2006 collection of Monique Lhuillier during Fashion Week in New York, Tuesday Sept. 13, 2005. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
A crystal-beaded tulle eyelet ribboned ballerina cocktail dress is modeled during the presentation of the spring/summer 2006 collection of Monique Lhuillier during Fashion Week in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
Models flank designer Amir Slama, center, after the Rosa Cha show during Fashion week, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, in New York. (AP Photo by Stephen Chernin)
A model presents an Andre Lima creation at the Sao Paulo Fashion Week, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday, July 2, 2005. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) **EFE OUT**
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway wearing Marc Jacobs Fall 2008 collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2008 at New York State Armory on February 8, 2007. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
The spring 2010 collection of Ralph Lauren is presented during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, in New York, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The spring 2010 collection of Oscar de la Renta is presented during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The spring 2010 collection of Oscar de la Renta is presented during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The spring 2010 collection of Ralph Lauren is presented during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, in New York, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The spring 2010 collection of designer Monique Lhuillier is presented during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, in New York, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Model Claudia Pulgarin wears a Jantzen swimsuit based on the style of the 1980's at a trade show during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami Beach, Fla. Sunday, July 19, 2009. Jantzen is commemorating its 100th anniversary and has created new suits and cover-ups from the last century. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Carmen Kass wearing Michael Kors Spring 2010 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park on September 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/WireImage)
Freja Beha Erichsen wearing Michael Kors Spring 2010 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park on September 16, 2009 in New York City.
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: Kendra Spears wearing Isaac Mizrahi Spring 2010 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park on September 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: A model walks the runway at the BIG PARK fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at The Salon at Lincoln Center on February 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: A model walks the runway at the BIG PARK fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at The Salon at Lincoln Center on February 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Models wearing lingerie by Ari Dein at the Ari Dein fall 2012 presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Bryant Park Hotel - Cellar Bar on February 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway at the Davidelfin Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Salon at Bryant Park on February 18, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for IMG)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway at the Naeem Khan Fall 2010 Fashion Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2010 - Official Coverage at Bryant Park on February 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway at the Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent at Bryant Park on February 18, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway at the Calvin Klein Fall 2010 Fashion Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2010 - Official Coverage at Bryant Park on February 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: Model Sessliee Lopez walks the runway at the Naeem Khan Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Promenade at Bryant Park on February 18, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for IMG)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: Models pose at the J. Mendel Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park on February 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for IMG)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway at the J. Mendel Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Salon at Bryant Park on February 18, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway at the J. Mendel Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Salon at Bryant Park on February 18, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway at the Davidelfin Fall 2010 Fashion Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2010 - Official Coverage at Bryant Park on February 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway at the Trias Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Promenade at Bryant Park on February 18, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway at the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent at Bryant Park on February 18, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for IMG)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway at the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Fashion Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2010 - Official Coverage at Bryant Park on February 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway at the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent at Bryant Park on February 18, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for IMG)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Model Cara Delevingne walks the runway at the Jeremy Scott fall 2013 fashion show during MADE Fashion Week at Milk Studios on February 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Cara Delevingne walks the runway at the Anna Sui Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2013-2014 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 28: (BRAZIL OUT, NEW YORK TIMES OUT, UK VOGUE OUT) Karlie Kloss walks the runway during the Isabel Marant Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on February 28, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Designer Oscar De La Renta (L) and Model Karlie Kloss (C) pose on the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 on February 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Karlie Kloss walks the runway during the Carolina Herrera fall 2014 fashion show on February 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Model Karlie Kloss walks the runway at the Diane Von Furstenberg fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Spring Studios on February 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Model Karlie Kloss walks the runway at the Carolina Herrera show during Spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Edward James/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Model Karlie Kloss, designer Oscar De La Renta and model Joan Smalls pose on the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 on September 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
The Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. Some of the models were wearing Google Glass, headwear that contains electronics including a camera. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A model wearing Google Glass participates in a run through before the Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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By MORGAN GIORDANO

Get ready to toss your once-trendy high-waisted jorts and crop tops because New York Fashion Week starts on Thursday, September 4th. The huge fashion convention, slated to kick off Thursday at 9am, will be eight days packed with 93 different designers showing off their spring/summer 2015 lines.

The New York event is one of the elite five that take place bi-annually. Others include Paris, Milan, London and Berlin. The United States event has become a key point in determining what will be in style nearly half a year after the shows take place.

But this was not always the case. Prior to the 1940s, the U.S. had a difficult time breaking into the fashion world. 'Fashion Weeks' were taking place abroad in Europe with Paris as the main focal point.

That all changed during World War II. According to TIME, the fighting in France made it impossible for fashion journalists to make it to Paris in 1943 for the events. American fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert capitalized on the impassable situation by bringing together 53 designers in New York. She staged shows at The Plaza Hotel in New York and paid for journalists to come. The event was branded as Press Week and became an instant hit.

From there, New York Fashion Week took off. American styles were praised, while French couture fell to the wayside. The structure of the event itself has changed over the years. The shows moved from hotels to lofts, then moved again in 1993 to their iconic tents after the ceiling collapsed at a Michael Kors show in 1990. Smithsonian Magazine writes that the then executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America was quoted as saying, "The general sentiment was, 'We love fashion but we don't want to die for it.'"

Unsurprisingly, style has changed over the years as well. The simple, streamlined outfits that international audiences praised during Lambert's time have been forgone in place of bright colors and interesting materials. Diane Von Furstenberg made waves at New York Fashion Week in fall 2012 when she had her models wear a pair of stylish Google Glass. Audiences are anticipating more wearable technology this week, and outfits created with 3-D printers can be expected.

Anyone who has been through grade school knows that following fashion trends can be a whirlwind adventure and you inevitably made huge mistakes along the way. Check out how New York Fashion Week may have influenced some of your own clothing choices over the years by looking at the gallery.

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