New York's Top Fashion & Beauty Industry Events 2010

By Michael O'Connell & Anna Sekula January 11, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

Kenneth Cole and Matisyahu at Fashion's Night Out

Photo: Courtesy of Kenneth Cole

1. Fashion Week
The next run—February 11 to 18—will be the last in Bryant Park, and in September, the American fashion trade’s largest event will move to a new home at Lincoln Center, where former Vogue staffer Stephanie Winston Wolkoff will oversee it as the center’s director of Fashion Week.

2. Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Awards
Michelle Obama snagged the Board of Directors’ Special Tribute award at the June 2009 affair, which entertained 700 of the biggest names in fashion at Alice Tully Hall. The C.F.D.A.’s 2010 ceremony is slated for June 7.

3. FiFi Awards
For leaders in beauty, the Fragrance Foundation’s annual honors carry a lot of weight, and in 2009, some 750 guests mingled at the 69th Regiment Armory. The awards are slated to return to the Armory on June 10.

4. Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars Benefit
This glamorous award event lives up to its billing, typically drawing a parade of A-list Hollywood types and big names in fashion. The October 2009 gala at Cipriani Wall Street recognized designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Kenneth Cole, and Michael Kors.

5. International Beauty Show
Open to licensed beauty professionals, this expo at the Javits Center attracted more than 53,000 attendees and 450 exhibitors last year and expects a similar number for its next run, from March 7 to 9.

6. American Cancer Society Dream Ball
At the 25th edition of this gala, more than 500 guests marked the 20th anniversary of the “Look Good…Feel Better” program at the Waldorf-Astoria. Held on September 24, the event raised $1.8 million.

7. Accessories Council ACE Awards
Honoring those who boost sales and promote accessories at a consumer level, this November 2 event at Cipriani 42nd Street presented Lady GaGa with the Stylemaker award.

8.One to Watch Fashion’s Night Out
Organized by Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and NYC & Company, last year’s freshman outing of this confidence-boosting shopping initiative saw more than 800 retailers host individual parties open to the public. While the event is not yet a yearly fixture, it is slated to return on September 10.

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