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So you don’t have front row, or back of the house, seats at the Marc Jacobs show. But if you find yourself in New York City during Fashion Week, there are ways to immerse yourself in the culture of clothes even if you’re unconnected. Here are three fun things you can do now:
Hit up The Museum at FIT
Any museum that holds exhibitions called “Shoe Obsession” and “A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk” is one we’ll recommend. Those recent exhibits brought LGBT fashion fans to the Fashion Institute of Technology’s museum in droves, but even without them, this place is worth a visit. With three galleries of eye-popping designs and regular lectures and panel discussions, this museum is never a yawn. The Museum at FIT is currently showing a “History of Lingerie,” while an exhibit on “Dance & Fashion” premieres September 13. Located on the border of Chelsea at Seventh Avenue at 28th Street, this only-in-NYC place offers free admission.
Best shopping outside Paris
The amount of incredible shopping in Gotham is almost intimidating, but limit yourself to a neighborhood or two and make an afternoon out of it. We recommend SoHo; yes, there is plenty of chain stores, but many of them have eye-popping stores and displays, and many are only found in Europe, or possibly only Los Angeles or Chicago. The Uniqlo flagship store on Broadway is massive, colorful, and offers relatively inexpensive jeans, shirts, and jackets. While on Broadway, check out TopMan for painfully trendy outfits only a 30-inch waist could love, and the NYC outpost of Spain’s Desigual, which offers those form-fitting numbers we gays love.
Take a self-guided, cheesy fashion tour
Like Showgirls or All About Eve, The Devil Wears Prada is a movie most gay men have seen more times than they can count. Relive Andy, Miranda, and Emily sartorial adventures in the film; almost all of which was shot in New York, including the "Paris" scenes. Check out the lobby of the glorious McGraw-Hill building, home to the fictional Runway magazine, and dig into a prime rib at Smith & Wollenksy, like Miranda would. If you’re on a budget, head to Bubby’s Pie Company, where Andy’s boyfriend brooded. Click here for more Devil ideas. We could have recommended a Sex & the City tour, but that was just too cheesy.