1. Fashion Week
Designers, editors, models, and miscellaneous hangers-on fill the city twice a year for the frenzy of shows and parties that is Olympus Fashion Week—this year from February 3 to 10, and again in September. While parties happen in restaurants and nightclubs around town, many runway shows take place under the 7th on Sixth tents in Bryant Park. Sports and entertainment marketing giant IMG owns Fashion Week, managed by IMG's 7th on Sixth fashion show production arm. IMG also owns The Daily, the glossy trade magazine published during the weeklong event.
2. Council of Fashion Designers of America's Awards
The most important awards show in New York's fashion industry, the CFDAs will be held on June 5 at the New York Public Library, despite rumors it was moving to a bigger space. The CFDA's Karen Peterson oversees the event, and KCD produces it. No additional vendors were confirmed at press time, but KCD typically works with Kadan Productions and JKLD to create a stylish look.
3. Fifi Awards
The Fragrance Foundation hosts this presentation of the fragrance industry awards. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend this year's 34th annual event April 3 at the Hammerstein
Ballroom, where Evelyn Lauder will receive the lifetime achievement award. The foundation's aptly named president Rochelle Bloom produces the event with Dalzell Productions.
4. Fashion Group International's Night of Stars Benefit
Nonprofit association FGI has honored the industry's significant tastemakers with this annual event since 1983; this year's event will be on October 26 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Bigtime celebrity guests and honorees are the norm: past honorees include Audrey Hepburn, Oscar de la Renta, and Diddy. Association president Margaret Hayes oversees production.
5. International Beauty Show
This show, held at the Javits Center with the American Spa Expo and Skincare Congress, attracts more than 52,000 attendees and 500 exhibitors. Dana Lupton is the group show director and Mike Boyce is the show manager. Avanstar Communications produces the show, presented by American Salon and American Spa magazines, running April 30 to May 2 this year.
6. March of Dimes' Million Dollar Beauty Ball
This benefit brought 565 well-heeled guests to the Waldorf-Astoria on March 8. Big time beauty execs and would-be networkers dined at $30,000 tables, and there was an extensive auction. Coty Inc. C.E.O. Bernd Beetz was the recipient of this year's Beautiful Apple award, and Condé Nast's Lawrence Aiken was the honorary chairman. The event, anticipated eagerly by beauty types each year, has raised more than $20 million over its 31-year history, and represents a quarter of the greater New York chapter's operating budget. Special event director Jennifer Schwartzenberg oversees the ball this year.
7. American Cancer Society Dream Ball
This well-established ball will bring high-level beauty industry executives to the Waldorf-Astoria on September 12 to raise money for the American Cancer Society's “Look Good … Feel Better” program. ACS senior director of special events Denise Anderson and director Regina Limchayseng oversee the event, which counts Mary Kay cosmetics and Avon among its major sponsors, and typically raises more than $2 million for the program.
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New York's Top 100 Events 2006
New York's Top 100 Events 2005
1. Fashion Week