New York Mayor to kickstart NYFW with designer fete
In what appears to be a first for a political figure, Mayor Bill de Blasio will soon help kick off New York's fashion week. While his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, was known to get NYFW rolling by cutting the opening-day ribbon at Lincoln Centre, de Blasio plans to socialise with designers in his Yorkville home.
The fact that the mayor and his wife, Chirlane McCray, will be showing their dedication to American designers in such a friendly manner appears to reinforce his pledge to the fashion industry which he made earlier this year.
"The fashion industry is not just a part of our past. It is not just iconic because of what it once was. It's iconic because of what it will be," de Blasio said at the time.
The mayor made no reference to the party's dress code, as invitations with the city's seal that were sent to members of the fashion community, including CFDA members Diane von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurung and Zac Posen.