New York Fashion Week is upon us once again. Runway shows for the Spring 2018 season begin in earnest on Thursday (9/7), but thanks in part to Tom Ford, who throws a highly anticipated show at the Park Avenue Armory Wednesday night, the parties get an early start on Wednesday as well. While "Fashion's Night Out" and its many musical events stopped happening in NYC in 2012, there are still always parties with noteworthy musical guests...if you can get into them.

Also on Wednesday night, Guest of a Guest reports that Karen Elson will play a party for the launch of Anna Sui x INC International Concepts (Elson also stars in the ad campaign).

Rihanna has a big presence at this season's NYFW; she brings brings her Fenty x Puma collection to NYC after a few seasons in Paris, and she's debuting a Fenty Beauty line as well. New York Post calls it one of the week's most anticipated moments:

The songbird fashion icon is staging her NYC catwalk comeback on Sunday after showing her Fenty x Puma collection in the City of Light for the past two seasons. With past themes ranging from Marie Antoinette to schoolgirl cool, Sunday night’s show — the neon ombré invite promises a “soaked” motif — is sure to be as tongue-in-chic as her recent Parisian affairs.

According to The New York Times, it might as well be Rihanna Fashion Week; aside from her fashion and beauty lines, they hint at a performance, too, calling it "what may be the most buzzed-about blowout party of the week." We haven't heard anything else about that yet, but we do know Rihanna is hosting an afterparty for the Fenty Beauty show on Thursday (9/7) at Up&Down.

The NY Times also mentions that Future and Dita Von Teese will be a part of designer Philipp Plein's second NYC showing (last season, he had The Kills perform). We've also heard a rumor about an afterparty Future is playing with Nicki Minaj, but further details are scarce.
UPDATE: That Philipp Plein afterparty with Future and Nicki Minaj happens Saturday (9/9) night at Hammerstein Ballroom (and it's invite only)

While it isn't officially related, Destructo has a set at Schimanski on Thursday night to celebrate the start of Fashion Week. Tickets are on sale, or you can RSVP for free admission before midnight. Destructo is also in town as a judge for A-Trak's Goldie Awards at Brooklyn Steel (tickets), a DJ and beat-making competition.

UPDATE: Also on Thursday: Grandlife presents a This Is New York party at The Roxy, with a performance from The Lemon Twigs as well as DJ sets from Mark Ronson, Alix Brown, and Wukasch. This one's invite only. Elsewhere: (location provided upon RSVP) Total Freedom, Venus X, Jack Donoghue and T-Money will be at another invite-only party hosted by Pornhub, who are debuting a capsule fashion collection with streetwear designer Richardson (including, yes, hoodies and jackets with the Pornhub logo right on them) (via Papermag)

On Friday (9/8), The Weeknd performs at Plaza Hotel for this year's Harper's Bazaar Icons Party, which, along with the September issue of the Harper's Bazaar, which he appears on the cover of, celebrates “icons” in the worlds of music, fashion, and entertainment.

Christian Siriano made a statement with a diverse, inclusive runway show at his fall 2017 showing. His show this season on Saturday (9/9) is followed by an afterparty with a performance from Lizzo.

Cardi B appears at a LaQuan Smith afterparty at 1Oak on Sunday (9/10), the same night Diplo is at an afterparty at Marquee.

UPDATE: Also on Sunday, a Diane von Furstenberg afterparty at Berlin, with music from JD Samson, TYGAPAW, and DeSe. Invite only. (via Papermag)

On Tuesday (9/12), Brooke Candy performs following the presentation of Kamin's Spring/Summer line at Le Bain; Ian Isiah is one of the hosts.

This season's fashion week wraps up on Wednesday (9/3), and V Magazine (along with Alain Mikli) is throwing a party at Gramercy Park Hotel Rose Bar to launch their music issue. Charli XCX performs at the invite only affair.

Kanye West was again the subject of speculation and rumors about when and where his Yeezy Season 6 line would debut this Fashion Week, but now it seems there won't be a show at all... at least right now. According to Billboard, Kanye's team said "the show was called off due to the fact that 'they did not get the pieces together in time.'" However, E! News reports that a Yeezy Season 6 show was never planned for Fashion Week at all:

A source tells E! News that there will be a presentation or showroom for the Season 6 collection, but it won't happen in the near future.

What did we miss? Leave your NYFW tips in the comments.

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