Long Lines Kick Off New York Fashion Week

Courtesy of Merle Ginsberg
Lines outside of the Zimmerman Show during NYFW

Is it typical New York? Or is NYFW getting off to more intense start than usual?

Maximum humidity, even rain, high temperatures — and lines! The line outside the Kate Spade presentation Friday morning snaked long past the front door of the Jeffrey boutique on West 14th St., and Jeffrey employees kept coming out and urging the anticipatory fashionistas: "Move up!" — as they felt like they were potentially blocking customers. It took some so long to get through the line  for the two hour presentation (some waited up to an hour) that many editors left and went shopping in the Meatpacking district.

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Meanwhile, over at Artbeam on West 21st Street, the Zimmerman show was meant to start at noon — and at 12:30 there was still a line from 11th up to 10th Avenue. Crowds in loose blouses,  jumpsuits, lace skirts, exploding florals and requisite booties checked social media and posed for photogs while anxiously checking their schedules.

Is this a sign of the lines to come? Already, we're sort of missing Lincoln Center.