Style and snow -- lots of it -- are expected for Day 2 of New York Fashion Week. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for New York City, with more than one foot of snow expected through Saturday afternoon.
But in the spirit of showbiz, the runway shows must go on, organizers told media late Thursday. The majority of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week events take place beneath mammoth tents at Lincoln Center. They are similar to those used at the Winter Olympics and can withstand severe weather. Extra heaters will be used to help prevent buildup of snow atop them.
Nevertheless, IMG Fashion, which produces the bi-annual event, will take precautions, including adding crews to help with snow removal and adding another layer for protection to the venue, a spokesman said. Meanwhile, some designers are concerned models and stylists will not arrive on time for shows and are arranging for car services to pick them up in an attempt to prevent delays.
In recent seasons, fashion week has danced around potentially severe weather on a few other occasions. In September, Day 3 saw heavy rains and a tornado warning. The year before, the event started just days after Hurricane Irene hit the area, bringing with it the threat of widespread flooding to lower Manhattan that did not prove to be as bad as anticipated.
(Photo: The Weather Channel)