New York Fashion Week officially kicks off this week, which means swarms of models, stylists, influencers, creatives, editors and other general multi-hyphenates are getting ready to touch down in the Big Apple, armed with colorful puffers and plaid pants. But just because you don't have a front-row seat to all the shows doesn't mean you can't partake in all the NYFW fun.
So, to make sure you all are included in this season's festivities, we've rounded up some fashion-focused events that are open to the public. From interactive panels led by top designers to gatherings focused on embracing diversity and sustainability in the industry, read on for all the details.
MICHAEL Michael Kors Experiential Pop-Up
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 12 -8 p.m.
Dolby Soho, 477 Broadway
Michael Kors is celebrating the launch of its MICHAEL Michael Kors Spring 2019 campaign by hosting an Instagram-friendly pop-up at the Dolby Soho. Spread across multiple exhibits, the event immerses guests in the videos, images and music of the MICHAEL Michael Kors Spring 2019 campaign, which was shot by David Sims and stars Bella Hadid. Each room in the Dolby space provides ample #content opportunities: There's an "Infinity Space" with a very flattering camera that'll make you feel like you're starring in your own ad campaign, a studio containing a trampoline and a branded MK swing and see-saw.
Influencers Unscripted: Luxury, Lifestyle and Loyal
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Doubles Club, 783 5th Ave
Fashion Mingle, a networking platform for people who work in the fashion industry, is teaming up with the American Influencer Association to hold a panel discussion and cocktail party on how influencers can build and maintain meaningful relationships with brands. The panel will include top influencers from the worlds of fashion, beauty and wellness. Purchase your tickets here.
Real Fashion With Julie Gilhart: Embracing Racial Diversity In The Industry
Thursday, Feb. 7, 6-8 p.m.
The RealReal Soho, 90 Wooster St.
The RealReal is celebrating Black History Month by teaming up with Julie Gilhart, the former VP Fashion Director at Barneys, to host a discussion centered on embracing racial diversity in the fashion industry. This conversation will be led by Gilhart and will feature designer Victor Glemaud and former model, agent and advocate Bethann Hardison. RSVP here.
Thursday Nights at Hysteria Inn
Thursday, Feb. 7, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 14, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 21, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 28, 6-9 p.m.
Happy Socks Williamsburg store, 193 Bedford Ave.
To celebrate the launch of its Spring 2019 collection, Happy Socks is hosting a month-long, motel-themed pop-up, complete with uniformed bell boys and a revolving set of suites. The pop-up, dubbed "Hysteria Inn," will host events every Thursday, where guests will be treated to drinks, hors 'd'oeuvres and exclusive gifts containing travel essentials.
NYFW Bumble Hive Activation
Friday, Feb. 8- Thursday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Artists & Fleas, 568 Broadway at Prince St.
Bumble teamed up with @newyorkster and @girlandthebay to create a relaxation and recharge center during NYFW. Dubbed "The Bumble Hive," the lounge will offer guests exclusive access to experiential art installations, hair and makeup touch-ups, emerging designers, photo opportunities and a safe space to relax. Find more information and RSVP at here.
WWD Style Dimension
Friday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cadillac House, 330 Hudson St.
WWD editors will give attendees a behind-the-scenes look into the minds of the most well-respected names in fashion through a series of discussions with designers, influencers and stylists. Esteemed fashion guests will include: Rebecca Minkoff, Micaela Erlanger, Laura Kim, Fernando Garcia and Jason Rembert. During these interactive panels, guests will learn about red carpet styling and how to make social media a meaningful part of a brand. They'll also learn how to shop like an influencer and about Fall 2019 trends. RSVP here.
Women of Color FashTech Brunch
Saturday, Feb. 9, 12:30-4 p.m.
Fig & Olive, 420 West 13th St.
Women in fashion, technology and media will gather to celebrate diversity and discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for women of color in their respective fields. Tickets range from $75 to $95 and include a three-course lunch, cocktails, access to the panel discussion, networking opportunities and a swag bag. This year's featured panelists include Uzunma Udeh, senior finance analyst of global markets at ASOS, Kelly Stickel of the retail consultancy firm Remodista, C-Suite Coach Founder Angelina Cheeks and Andrew Mccaskill, senior vice president of global communications & multicultural marketing at Nielsen. Purchase your tickets here.
New York Fashion Week Sustainable Fashion Day
Saturday, Feb. 9, 5:30-9 p.m.
Glass Studios, 22 East 2nd St.
Planet Fashion TV is hosting an evening dedicated to sustainable fashion, complete with live music, a discussion panel and runway shows. Purchase your tickets here.