J. Lo is so last season. While 'La Lopez' stole the buzz spotlight at New York's Fashion Week last February -- whether her Sweetface collection was worth the buzz is another story -- this time around, singer Gwen Stefani will be the top catwalk diva.
Fashion Week, which kicks off Friday and runs until Sept. 16, is expected to be more low key than the last one. Back in February, dogs were taking to the catwalk for a Target canine show; First Lady Laura Bush attended the Heart Truth show, Christie Brinkley and Sheryl Crowe modeled; and Bravo's "Project Runway" designers touted their designs.
This time, the Fashion Week stars will no doubt be the designers. And, of course, celebrities will be front and center eyeing the latest styles for Spring 2007 .
THE CATWALK RUNDOWN
Kenneth Cole kicks off the week in his traditional Friday morning time slot, followed by Tommy Hilfiger Friday night.
Saturday's highlights include Lacoste, Rosa Cha and Sass & Bide. And Kimora Lee Simmons takes Baby Phat to Radio City Hall -- the first time the enormous venue has hosted a Fashion Week show.
Diane von Furstenberg, Tuleh, Imitation of Christ and Luca Luca are slated for Sunday.
Carolina Herrera, Diesel, Oscar de la Renta, Jill Stuart, Betsey Johnson, Proenza Schouler, Alvin Valley, BCBG and Marc Jacobs show on Monday.
Monique Lhuillier, Bill Blass, Matthew Williamson, Zang Toi, Nanette Lepore and Narciso Rodruigez on Tuesday.
Cynthia Rowley, Peter Som, Michael Kors, Carmen Maarc Valvo, Richard Chai, Rebecca Taylor and Anna Sui on Wednesday.
Vera Wang, Calvin Klein, Douglas Hannant and Zac Posen on Thursday.
MUST-SEE SHOWSStefani's L.A.M.B. collection has been doing phenomenally well at the stores, commanding respect among not only retailers, but also customers and fans. Her show is sure to make a splash.
Let's see how Marc Jacobs follows up his controversial Fall 2005 show in February, when he staged by far the most emotional and gutsy display of the week with his "pod people" designs.
Calvin Klein's successor, Francisco Costa, finally nailed a show in February after a string of shaky seasons. The fashion world is watching to see if he'll shine again at the CK show next Thursday.
Roland Mouret made a splash last season with his sensual, 1940s French-themed show. Let's see if his star keeps rising and if the Hollywood starlets keep flocking.
Proenza Schouler, Ralph Lauren and Derek Lam earned decent grades last season. All eyes will be on their latest creations.
Say hello to the newest addition to the Bryant Park Tents: the UPS Hub. This new tent, sponsored by UPS, will host 10 shows by emerging designers who don't have the moolah to stage a show in the main tents.
UPS paid for the tent, which also will be pitched in Bryant Park, seats up to 300 guests. The shipping company, aka Brown for its big brown trucks and uniforms, also will pay the rental fees for its designers and, in some cases, even cover costs for shipping collections to and from the designers' factories and studios.
Selected from nearly 300 applicants, the UPS designers include Doo.Ri (designer Doo Ri Chung), Tomer (Tomer Gendler) and Willow (Kit Willow). In keeping with the UPS theme, the tent will be decked out in brown accents.
With an eye on up-and-coming designers, PR house People's Revolution, which has exclusively booked the Altman Building on West 18th Street to show collections from those who also lack the means for a high-concept Fashion Week show.
Names include Rachel Comey, A La Disposition, Jeremy Scott, Morgane Le Fay, Kai Kuhne's "Myself" and Shelly Steffee.
Eco-minded designer Linda Loudermilk brings her "eco-luxury" wear to Fashion Week for the first time. Her high-end spring collection and brand new men's line are made entirely of recycled and sustainable materials.
Not to be seen on the runway will be Beyonce Knowles' House of Dereon. Despite rumors that Knowles and her mother, Tina, would be showing their spring collection this month, they announced in early August that will make their runway debut in February