NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- As New York Fashion Week kicked off Thursday, top international designers and brands owners are now taking the stage to debut their visions for the spring 2014 fashion season.
According to the organizers, nearly 90 designers from over 30 countries will show up during the eight-day fashion week that is expected to attract wide media coverage, and historical highs of buyers, industry professionals and fashion forward consumers.
"Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York is internationally recognized as the world's stage to premier the latest developments in cutting-edge fashion to the global fashion industry," said Stephanie Zimmer, Manager of Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. "The excitement is building in anticipation of what will hit the runways from both the well-known designers and emerging talent showing this season."
New York Fashion Week is considered as the home to the most internationally diverse groups of established and emerging talents. This season South Africa native brand DAVID TLALE, Australian labels SASS & BIDE and DION LEE, for instance, have joined the roster of designers who make the runways of New York their home.
It's estimated that in the following eight days of shows and events, more than 100,000 people, including buyers and members of the industry will make the fashion venue Lincoln Center become the heartbeat of the city.
In a recent study by Fordham University, it was estimated that 40 million U.S. dollars are annually contributed to Lincoln Center area and over 860 million dollars to the city of New York from New York Fashion Week.
"New York City's semiannual Fashion Weeks are a critical piece of the city's economy, which reflects the importance of the fashion industry as a whole to our city," said Kyle Kimball, president of New York City Economic Development Corp.