New York Fashion Week kicks off the global calendar of Fashion Weeks, and is immediately followed by Fashion Weeks in London, Milan and Paris.
New York Fashion Week, held in February and September of each year, is a biannual event, when international fashion collections are shown to buyers, the press and the general public.
It consists of numerous branded events, including Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York.
It is one of five major fashion weeks in the world, along with those in Paris, London, Berlin, and Milan.
The first 2015 spring/summer fashion week of the season opens in New York today September 4, 2014 with designers pushing the boat out like never before and Ralph Lauren unveiling his collection in Central Park.
Dominated by big US designers led by Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang, emerging talent from Europe, Asia, Russia and the Middle East will snip at the sidelines, hoping for their big break.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday described the Big Apple as "the fashion capital of the world," that is headquarters to more than 900 fashion companies, employing more than 180,000 workers on salaries of $11 billion a year.
Nearly 230,000 people are expected to pour into the city for the event, which de Blasio said would earn the city nearly $900 million.