By Jennifer R Jones | Posted on February 11, 2010 10:30 AM
Forget the slush and cold currently making its home in New York, and turn your thoughts to autumn leaves and riding boots: It’s Fall Fashion Week in the city. (It’s officially knows as Mercedes Benz Fashion week). For you fashion followers, this event marks the last time that the shows will be held in the tents at Bryant Park: They move to Lincoln Center in the fall. (A dispute between the designers and the park management led to the move.) The shows, which kick off tonight, run through Feb. 18 and feature top-name designers showing their wares for next autumn. Today’s shows include menswear designer Duckie Brown and upscale lingerie designer La Perla, as well as “The Heart Truth Red Dress Fashion Show.” The latter focuses on heart disease in woman; actresses and models from Heidi Klum to Felicity Huffman and Valerie Harper will walk the catwalk in red to bring awareness to the number-one killer of woman. Designers such as Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan and Rachel Roy are represented. Another fashion extra is model Naomi Campbell's “Fashion for Relief” (Feb. 12), an all-star spectacular designed to raise money in aid of CARE; it’s to raise funds to help rebuild the healthcare system for mothers and children in Haiti. Other designers showing this week include 3.1 Phillip Lim, Isaac Mizrahi, and Tommy Hilfiger. And don’t fret if you can’t actually be there, placing orders and rubbing shoulders with gossip girls and catwalk strutters for a first look: eventually, whatever is shown now will work its way down to the rest of us.