I'm a lucky guy. I'm off to New York to report on all the fall 2012 collections that will be unveiled at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which kicks off Thursday for an eight-day run. But thanks to the wonders of technology, you can get a close-up view of all the runway styles without leaving Houston.
Every season, an increasing number of top designers are live streaming their shows, which means you get a front row seat in front of your computer (it's probably better than mine in the the venue).
Fashion week organizers plan to live stream 30 shows from Lincoln Center on YouTube. (Go to www.youtube.com/live runway.) In addition, a number of other top designers, including Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein Collection's Francisco Costa plan to live stream their shows from venues around New York.
Here are the 10 live-stream shows I'm most looking forward to (in order of upcoming date). Watch them online (all times are Central Standard Time, corresponding to Houston, but note that shows usually begin 30-40 minutes after the scheduled start time) and, afterwards, let's discuss.
What to watch for: It's the first big show of fashion week and often sets the tone for what's ahead.
What to watch for: Donna Karan's New York state-of-mind. Last season, in a really nifty trick, she sent models from the street onto the runway inside, with a yellow cab in the background.
8. Tommy Hilfiger, Sunday 7 p.m. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/tommyhilfiger?v=app_287008051352233
What to watch for: Hilfiger is showing his All-American collection at an upper East side location (the Park Avenue Armory).
What to watch for: At 69, Johnson still does a cartwheel at the end of her show.
What to watch for: Jacobs sets the trends that just about everyone else will copy.
What to watch for: It's only Burch's second full-scale runway show as she swiftly creates a worldwide brand.
What to watch for: The gowns that will likely show up at next year's Museum of Fine Arts gala.