Predicting the Five Biggest Showstoppers at New York Fashion Week

Another season, another Fashion Week. Starting tomorrow, Manhattan will be invaded by race-walking clothes-whores in tight pants, gaudy-chic eyewear, and fur that ain’t faux. Packed schedules and the scant number of cabs commuting between Lincoln Center and Milk Studios (where the greatest concentration of runway presentations will be held) make it necessary for designers to promise both steak and sizzle when battling for the attention of buyers, editors, and bloggers. Choosing which show to attend can sometimes be as much about the clothes as it is the spectacle. Herewith, five presentations upping the ante on hype this season.

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Thom Browne: Two weeks ago, in Paris, Thom Browne put on a delicious show—literally, it involved male models skirting the perimeter of a banquet table laid out with all manner of epicurean delights. Some of the models even came out carrying roasted turkeys. Expect something equally outlandish when he presents his new women’s collection at the New York Public Library.

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Elise Øverland: Elise Øverland, who once designed costumes for Aerosmith at the request of Steven Tyler, knows a thing or two about creating a scene, which she’ll do this year when she presents her fall/winter 2011 collection at the Standard. Well, it’s at the Standard’s ice rink. On the ice. With a performance by Johnny Weir! It doesn’t get much for fabulous than that. image

Ken: Perhaps you’ve been the billboards? This Sunday, Christie’s, the famed auction house, will be hosting a bash inspired by Barbie’s beau. Menswear presentations will include the latest looks from Billy Reid, Michael Bastian, Nicholas K, Robert Geller, Simon Spurr, and Yigal Azrouël, all of whom will, one assumes, be dressing the blondest, buffest male models in town.

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The Blonds: Speaking of blonde—Phillipe and David Blond, longtime purveyors of catwalk pizzazz (they’ve dressed everyone from Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, to Ke$ha and Katy Perry), have sent out movie poster-size invitations to their upcoming show, The Blond, requesting that we “witness the armies of the night… controlled by the forbidden city’s most dangerous matriarch.” Not sure what that means, but we’ll be there.

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Jeremy Scott: Finally, we have Jeremy Scott, who once sent a model down the runway in a two-piece outfit made entirely of prosciutto. We have no idea what he has in store for his next show, Candy Flip, but Nylon says it might have something to do with mixing LSD and Ecstasy, our two favorite things!