What’s on in September

September in New York means three things: Back to school, Fashion Week and the United Nations General Assembly in session.

United Nations

The 69th Session of the UN General Assembly will convene at UN Headquarters in NYC September 16 – October 1, 2014.

Guided tours of the UN Headquarters are held daily Monday through Friday from 9:15 am to 4:15 pm and include Security Council Chamber, the Trusteeship Council Chamber, and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber (note tours are likely to be closed from 18 September until 6 October due to the UN General Debate). The UN tours department also launched a weekly Children’s Tour for elementary school children in February 2013.  The tour is tailored for children aged 5 to 12 years and is held at 4.15 pm every Thursday.

While you are visiting the UN,  head over to the Delegates Dining Room where you can dine like a diplomat. The Delegates Dining room offers a prix fixe buffet luncheon for $34.99 which is available to the public. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Please call 1-917-367-3314 or 1-212-963-7626.

Fashion week (September 4 – 11)

For all the official news and show info plus a live feed, head over to the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week website.

If you need a fashion fix but don’t have the connections to get into a show, here are some alternatives:

Brooklyn Museum launches their new exhibition “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” September 10 which runs through February 15, 2015.

Killer Heels explores fashion’s most provocative accessory. From the high platform chopines of sixteenth-century Italy to the glamorous stilettos on today’s runways and red carpets, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe’s rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination.

Designers and design houses represented in Killer Heels include Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Zaha Hadid X United Nude, Iris van Herpen X United Nude, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, André Perugia, Prada, Elsa Schiaparelli, Noritaka Tatehana, Vivienne Westwood, and Pietro Yantorny.

The Museum at FIT presents “Dance and Fashion” exploring the relationship, role and influences between designers and dance. Ballet-inspired couture by the likes of Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain is juxtaposed with designs for the New York City Ballet by fashion icons such as Valentino, Christian Lacroix and Jean Paul Gaultier.

The exhibition runs from September 13, 2014 through January 3, 2015.

Museum hours: Tuesday–Friday, noon–8 pm; Saturday, 10 am–5 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, and legal holidays. Admission is free.

Free Garment District Walking Tours Explore New York City’s Garment District during this one-and-a-half-to-two-hour tour, led by Mike Kaback, a former “garmento.”  The tour includes personal anecdotes and a brief history of the fashion trade in New York, stopping at iconic garment/fashion industry sites, including the Fashion Walk of Fame, and may include visits to showrooms and factories.

September tour dates: Thursday, September 4 at 10 a.m | Sunday, September 14 at 2 p.m.

WindowsWear Fashion Window Walking Tour is a two hour guided tour of New York’s most iconic stores including Barney’s, Bergdorf’s and Bloomingdales. On the tour you will learn about the design process and inspiration behind the window displays, current design trends, and where designers like Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors and Tory Burch all got their start. The tours are held daily and cost $34.99 for one person or $29.99 for two. For a detailed review of this tour, read this story by Heather Cross on About.com.

Back to School

MommyPoppins has the most comprehensive Back to School Guide I have ever come across, including lunch and meal planning tips, prepping to go back to school articles, and shopping tips. Check it out!