The Best Events to Check Out During New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is here and a number of Fall 2023 presentations will be held. Here are some of the best events to go to if you're in the Big Apple.

Best NYFW Events 2023

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Best NYFW Events 2023

At last, New York Fashion week is kicking off today. This season, there are tons of exciting runway presentations coming to the five boroughs. New York City–based designers like Heron Preston and Sandy Liang will show their collections in the city this Saturday. And brands like Who Decides War and Luar will close out this exciting week of shows on Wednesday. While New York City isn’t like Paris, New York–bred fashion legends like Thom Browne remind the world that our city still has a lot to say when it comes to style. 

However, you don’t have to be a member of the fashion press or a department store buyer to enjoy everything that New York Fashion Week has to offer. Since there’s so much going on in New York City that week, there’s also tons of free events and shows that you can check out without having to go through much red tape. Concerts, museum exhibitions, pop-ups, and even runway shows. 

Here are the best New York Fashion Week events to check out.

“Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style” Exhibit

Fresh Fly and Fabulous Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style

When: Feb. 10–20

Where: 246 Malcolm X Blvd./Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027

RSVP: Not required.

Steven Barter’s New York City–based label Barriers will bring a special pop-up to Harlem that will only be open for 10 days starting at the beginning of New York Fashion Week. Customers will have the opportunity to purchase and design their own Barriers rugby with a series of unique patches to choose from. The pop-up will be held inside a classic Harlem brownstone and is located directly across the street from Dapper Dan’s atelier. —Lei Takanashi

When: Feb.11-12

Where: 345 Broome St. New York, NY

RSVP: Not required.

Reese Cooper is going to be in town for New York Fashion Week to unveil a highly anticipated collaboration with Merrell 1 TRL and a new project-based collection dubbed RCI Reserve. Reese Cooper’s Reserve Program is an upcycling initiative that seeks to recycle leftover materials kept within their offices. Every season, the brand is left with surplus fabrics, linings, snaps, zippers, ribbing, eyelets, screens, yarns, cording, and more to sample and produce garments season after season. Instead of just tossing these extra materials out, Cooper has saved them. Each piece that’s upcycled undergoes the brand’s own rules and regulations. One is that a recycled fabric cannot be used for the same purpose it was originally intended. Another is no new patterns could be crated. And lastly, all the pieces have to find a way to incorporate a patch pocket made from raw natural canvas. The result of this program are elevated upcycled offerings like an all -leather hooded jacket produced from left over leather from the production of varsity jackets and handbags within their AW22 line. Even the hardware on these upcycled goods comes from products produced within past seasons. Each Reserve piece boasts a limited-edition label that distinguishes it as being a upcycled garment separated from Cooper’s mainline collections. Those in New York City this weekend will be lucky enough to be the first to shop from these new collections before an online release later this month. Limited edition pairs of Cooper’s collaboration with Merrel 1 TRL will also be available. 

When: Feb. 11–12

Where: Colbo (51 Orchard St.)

RSVP: Not required.

Fashion Week is all about designers showing off their latest creations, but we can also appreciate some good vintage gear. If you’re also someone looking to add some timeless pieces to your closet, definitely swing by Colbo this weekend. The boutique in the Lower East Side will play host to a two-day pop-up for Condemned Clothing and Big Iron Vintage. Expect a well-curated assortment of pieces from the ’40s to the ’90s such as Western shirts, Pendleton blankets coats from the ’80s, orange tab Levi’s, and more. This one is worth swinging by just to look at all of the history in one room. Even if you don’t grab anything, you’ll still want to come for some free drinks. —Mike DeStefano

Rhuigi Villaseñor's 'Rhu' x Zara Pop-Up

Rhu Zara Collection 2023 Pop Up NYFW Preview

Stella Artois x Luar Steluar Pop-Up

Luar x Stella Artois Pop-Up

When: Feb. 12 

Where: LAAMS at 74 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002


ERARE, a rising New York City–based label, will present its “Purpose+Repurpose” collection at the Lower East Side retailer LAAMS on Orchard Street this Saturday. Dresses made out of old flannels will grace what’s technically the first runway presentation to ever be shown at LAAMS. Complimentary wine and food will be served. Admission is free as long as attendees RSVP via email. The show starts at 9 p.m. and will be hosted by Bodega Talks host Blakzini with music by James Internet.Lei Takanashi

When: Feb. 11

Where: Secret Location

RSVP: By calling 917-444-5684 or heading to

Basic.Space, an online shopping platform that sells exclusive product from a select group of curators and influencers, will host a secret rave on Saturday evening. Kenny Dope, Junior Sanchez, Todd Terry, Club Glam, Eternal, LYDO, and X3butterfly will be performing sets late into the night. Anyone interested in attending will only receive details on the event by calling the phone number listed on the flyer. However, Basic.Space will grant guaranteed access to anyone who purchases an item from Basic.Space’s new Minute Rave collection such as this “Guapo Glow Lite” by Matt Pecina for $150. The glow-in-the-dark light charges while it’s on and then glows bright green when it’s turned off in the dark. —Lei Takanashi 

Honey Dijon Show

Honey Dijon Things to Do NYFW 2023

When: Feb. 10–11 

Where: 484 Broome St.

RSVP: Here

To celebrate the relaunch of the BB 4000 2, Reebok is turning back the clock for this special pop-up. Along with sounds from New York’s own DJ Mil-house and DJ 9AM, visitors will get to browse a selection of specially curated vintage Reebok sportswear. The curation comes courtesy of local vintage shops Select Vintage and Grand Street Local. As an added bonus, anyone who purchases an item will be gifted a free pair of BB 4000 2s. Rounding out the installation will be on-site screen printing that allows customers to transform their pieces into true 1-of-1s. —Mike DeStefano

Daniel’s Leather Show

Daniels Leather NYFW Dame Dash Show 2023

When: Feb. 12–14

Where: 125 Grand St., New York, NY 10013

RSVP: Here

Dundu.n, an NYC-based agency promoting emerging fashion brands, will also be hosting a pop-up during New York Fashion Week. The space will act as a platform to showcase emerging fashion and jewelry brands with unique craftsmanship and sustainable practices through immersive activations. Brands include Mona Jewelry, Softnoise Studio, Maison De Hoe, Anna.Z, and Madeline Marie. —Mike DeStefano


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