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Carolina Herrera headlines American Express runway-to-retail show at NY fashion week

Carolina Herrera, CH Carolina Herrera, American Express, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
50 looks from CH Carolina Herrera collection will be featured in a special runway show. Courtesy of American Express
Carolina Herrera in The Tents documentary
Carolina Herrera will headline a show exclusively for American Express cardholders on the last night of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week next month. Photo courtesy of The Tents

Now here's an ultimate Valentine's gift for the ultimate fashionista. Carolina Herrera, a favorite of the high-fashion crowd, will be front and center on the final night of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Feb. 14.

American Express is hosting a fashion show featuring 50 looks for men and women from the designer's CH Carolina Herrera collection at the Lincoln Center tents in New York exclusively for its cardmembers.

 In collaboration with Harper's Bazaar, five top looks from the show will be available immediately on ShopBazaar.com, the magazine's shopping site. 

In collaboration with Harper's Bazaar, five top looks from the show will be available immediately on ShopBazaar.com, the magazine's shopping site.

Before the show, Herrera will offer an insider's view of the fashion world in a question-and-answer session.

Hailed as “Fashion’s First Lady," Herrera was named the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year in 2004 and honored with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. She has CH Carolina Herrera stores in the Houston Galleria and at Highland Park Village in Dallas.

Tickets are available for American Express cardmembers at AmericanExpress.com/entertainment. The first and second rows are sold out, but other runway seats are available for $100 and media riser access at the end of the runway range from $100 to $175 each.

While it's practically impossible for the general public to attend a runway show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the credit card company hit upon the idea of creating a show for its cardholders featuring famous designers. The concept has been wildly popular, with such designers as Tommy Hilfiger, Zac Posen, Donna Karan and Rachel Zoe.

AmEx also offers a popular package called the Skybox Experience for its Platinum Card and Centurion members. Cardmembers view runway shows from a private viewing suite at Lincoln Center and take part in question and answer sessions with noted designers, editors and buyers.

Most of the VIP packages are sold out, but tickets remain for Tadashi Shoji, Project Korea, the Academy of Art University and Vantan Tokyo.

Also, AmEx offers chances to see shows at Milk Studios in Chelsea during fashion week. A limited number of packages remain.

In addition to the American Express show, Herrera will showcase her fall 2013 line for the fashion press and invited guests on Feb. 11.

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