To Do Wednesday: Fashion Week Begins

It’s Fashion Week! The twice-yearly celebration of the best and most outré garments you almost certainly won’t be wearing come fall opens today with the Couture Council Luncheon at Lincoln Center. Oscar de la Renta is to accept an “Artistry of Fashion Award” from Mayor Bloomberg—hey, the man gave himself a third term, he can make up a fake award now and then! One of the lunch’s co-chairs is Daphne Guinness, who’s thrown on her very best giant corseted feather duster for the occasion; other guests are to include the Bush Twins (so 2000!), Sarah Jessica Parker (2003 … getting closer to the present!) and Stephanie Seymour, mother to those darling Brant boys (there it is, the very bleeding edge!). The whole thing benefits the Museum at FIT … Meanwhile, those who couldn’t get into the sold-out luncheon can head out after nightfall to celebrate Mikhail Baryshnikov as he accepts his own award, the Ambassador of the Arts prize (sounds legit!) from living legend Liza Minnelli at the NYC Dance Alliance’s Bright Lights, Shining Stars Gala. We knew Carrie and the Russian wouldn’t last, but we had no idea they’d end up with competing glamorous Wednesday events!

Couture Council Luncheon, David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, 11:30am reception, noon luncheon, event is sold out; Bright Lights Shining Stars Gala, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place, cocktail reception 6pm, gala 7:30pm, after-party 9pm, tickets and information can be found at