A Change of Venue for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Self-labeled “the world’s premier fashion event,” Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week opted for a change of location for its New York round of fall and winter 2010 cou ture and ready-to-wear showcases. The event, which was founded by publicist Eleanor Lam bert in 1943 and then referred to as Press Week, has taken place in the now iconic tents of Bryant Park since 1993, explained freelance editor and writer Kristin Larson in her 2009 “Fashion Week 101” article for MSN Lifestyle. This year, however, the New York portion of the international event was relo cated to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Damrosch Park and ran from February 11 through 18. Reflecting on the move from Bryant Park, Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue, remarked on the Web site for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, “Bryant Park become the beacon of what New York fashion stands for - an industry that’s fear less, tireless, and always moving forward.” However, despite the venue Erin Etheridge, Staff Writer change, attendees still seemed eager for the semi-annual fash ion showcase, produced by the entertainment, media, and sports company IMG. “Mercedes-Benz fashion week brings excitement, glamour and feelings of happi ness to us all,” observed Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field on the New York event’s Web site. ' This season’s New York portion of Fashion Week featured collections for fall 2010. Notable among the designers and labels present were those of Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, Isaac Miz rahi, and Vera Wang. The event also highlighted relatively new but increasingly popular designers and labels, such as 3.1 Phillip Lim, Tory Burch, Tibi, and Project Runway’s Christian Siriano. Fashion Week New York also included a “Red Dress Col lection” on February 11 to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women, as well as a “Fashion for Relief’ showcase on February 12 to benefit the victims of the recent Haitian earthquake. New York’s February Fashion Week is one of three inter national fashion events sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and highlight ing fall and winter pieces for 2010. Fashion Week began this year in Berlin, Germany. This showcase took place from January 20 through 23 at the Bebelplatz, a public square in Berlin’s historic district and the site of a 1933 Nazi book burning. Ready-to-wear pieces for the fall and winter of 2010 were on display during Fashion Week Ber lin. The event featured the collec tions of mostly European designers and labels, including Allude, Custo Barcelona, A-lab Milano, littleshil- pa, and Mongrels in Common. The next of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s designer show cases for goto will take place at The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. The event, running from • July 15 until July 19, will highlight the year’s swimwear collections. Designers and labels such as Caffe Swimwear, Lui Fama, Red Carter, V Del Sol, and White Sands Australia are scheduled to present pieces. The Fashion Week phenom ena will then return to New York in September of 2010, when it will feature couture and ready-to-wear collections for spring 2011. For more information on the three shows that comprise Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, visit the group’s Web site at http://www. mbfashionweek.com. 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"Milkbones” Show at Artspace • Wednesday, March 10, 2010: Alice in Wonderland; An IMAX 3D E.\perience at the Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum, “From Walt Disney Pictures and \isionaiy' director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure Alice in Wonderland, a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time.’ • Southern Ideal Home.Show at the Fairgrounds, $8 • RBC Center, Carolina Hurricanes vs Pitt.sburgh Penguins • NCHJiV “C” Indoors Hunter/Jumper Horse Show at the Fairgrounds, 3/12-14/2010 at 8;oo AM, free • Women's Club of Raleigh Antique Show' and Sale, Admission is $7 for a three day pass. Event hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.ra., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday ii a.m. to5 p.ni. •March 13th; 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Paraded • Downtown Raleigh: 2010 Run for the Oaks will be held March 13. 8:30 am at Moore Square Park ^ • Bond Park's 15th Annual Kite Festival, March 13th at 12:30 pm. Free.

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