During the month of September, what is arguably New York City’s biggest attraction is actually a week long spectacle – yes, I’m talking about Fashion Week. The semi-annual event runs from the 5th through the 12th and is scheduled to show almost 100 collections at Lincoln Center.

Sadly, except for members of the fashion world cognoscenti, the shows are closed to the general public. And after scouring Paper Mag’s NYFW Party Guide for more fashion-week related fun, I only felt worse due to the prevalence of invite-only options.

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend
Williamsburg Fashion Weekend

But there is a silver lining to this search: nycgo, (the city’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization), has its own fashion event calendar, replete with public-friendly events. One that caught my eye was Williamsburg Fashion Weekend, which the site dubbed “anti-fashion week.”

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend: Past Collections

Starting the day after NYFW ends and, presumably, picking up where it left off,  Brooklyn’s fashion weekend will feature ten local designers’ collections accessible to the public for 10 bucks. If you’re in town this weekend and crave a little fashion-based excitement, stop by and check it out. The press certainly has.

 Photoville

Photoville

In another of BK’s hipster-chic neighborhoods is Photoville, a pop-up photo destination built from freight containers-cum-exhibition spaces. The photo village, which opens its gates from September 19th to the 29th, will feature exhibitions, lectures, hands-on workshops, night-time projections, a photo dog-run, a camera-flower greenhouse, and a summer beer and food garden in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Photoville 2012
Photoville 2012

This year, the 60,000 square foot showcase, helmed by Kings County exhibition producer United Photo Industries, will take over the park’s Pier 5 and feature installations spanning photojournalism chronicling Liberia’s civil war to Yeah Yeah Yeah guitarist Nick Zinner’s intimate photo set of his fellow band mates on the road, according to Time Out New York.

check out Photoville 2012 here.

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