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Fashion Week Flock Braves the Elements in Style

By Serena Solomon | September 8, 2011 8:22pm

LINCOLN CENTER — Looming clouds and a forecast for rain saw the stylish spectators dressed for the weather Thursday on the first morning of New York Fashion Week.

Many found practical items to be the perfect pairings — as boots, hats and expensive umbrellas made the looming conditions bearable for the fashion pack.

"It was a little scary with the rain, but I think I was able to figure a new fashion look out," said Clifford Perses, the creative director for licensing for BCBG Maxazria.

Perses said he toned down his colors to match the forecast, and brought the essential accessory for the day — a Fornasetti umbrella worth hundreds of dollars.

For others, such as fashion writer Sara Delaney, a hat was the perfect accoutrement to hide unruly hair.

"Frizzy hair bad, hat good," she quipped, from underneath a brimmed hat from Whistles in London

Rain boots, platform boots and flat boots also pounded the pavement outside Lincoln Center as spectators rushed to runway shows.

"If it dries up a little bit, I have a pair of ballet flats in my bag," said Misti Schindele, editor-in-chief of Entertainista. "So if I want to change out of the boots into something a little more sleek and stylish, I can just slip on the flats."

She wore ankle-height, gray rain boots with a bow detail from Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Shoes.

"Its been pouring, pouring, pouring down rain," Schindele said of the days leading up to Fashion Week, adding she was able to mentally prepare for the prospect of bad weather.

Heavy rain is predicted from Saturday through Sunday night, with showers possible Friday, according to the National Weather Service.