The ante is upped for style-conscious New Yorkers come Fashion Week (September 10-17), a biannual affair that turns Bryant Park into a tent city of the rich and famous, who get an eyeful of what designer threads they’ll be sporting in the months to come.

The catwalk shows are by invitation only, but haute couture is available to all in several museum exhibitions and tours that coincide with Fashion Week. Fashion professionals who need a quiet moment can steal away from the main Tent at Bryant Park to the New York Public Library, which Fashion Week regular Carrie Bradshaw chose as the setting for her ill-fated wedding in Sex and the City.

The week kicks off with Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) on September 10, when over 700 stores stay open until 11 pm. Forty percent of the sales of a limited-edition FNO T-shirt will be donated to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center. Also open late on September 10:  the Museum for Arts and Design—and its store.