Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Fashion Week Can Be Free

New York Fashion Week is coming up, and while its impossible to get tickets to most events, even if you could pay for them, here's a list of things you can get, for free:

Club Monaco: Look out for Smart Cars emblazoned with the store's logos. They'll be zipping around the city. SoHo and the Meatpacking District on Sept. 7, Times Square and Wall Street on Sept. 8 and Bryant and Madison Square Parks on Sept. 9. What goodies will a limited number of lucky passerbys score? Cashmere scarves, leather gloves, jewelry and sunglasses from the brand's fall line.

Cole Haan Car Service: To fete its 80th anniversary, taxis around the city with a "Lucky You" logo are free. The service begins Sept. 5. Out of towners staying at select hotels in Midtown may also benefit from free upgrades, spa services and meals.

And the biggest giveaway of all? Yves Saint Laurent totes, thousands of them on Sept 6. Limited edition cotton bags designed by none other than the houses's Stefano Pilati will be used as luxe carrying cases to hold YSL's "Manifesto" catalogue. It's a double giveaway, since the edition will feature Naomi Campbell sporting the fall collection designs, and shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

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