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And we're off! Mercedes Benz Fashion Week begins its first season of runway shows up at Lincoln Center, bringing fashion up to the domain of the fine arts. Although Bryant Park is now merely a fond memory, the weird characters and the snap-happy street style photographers have merely moved the many blocks north and west to set up camp in the plaza in front of the Metropolitan Opera House.
The Fashion Week tents are neatly tucked away off in a corner, but they're bigger than ever. The reason for the season?the runway shows and collection presentations?may be back under those big tops, but the real action is definitely out in the plaza, where the modernist, clean surroundings make for awesome photo opportunities.
At times, it's like The Sartorialist's wildest dreams as hordes of editors gracefully perch on the fountain or descend the shallow stairs and ramps to waiting towncars below. Our first "celebrity" spotting of fashion week happened right here: when we noticed the New York Times' Bill Cunningham stalking the pavement. If you dream of being photographed for a style blog, the plaza is the place to hang out this weekend.
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