With the economy sagging, designers, buyers and editors head to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York to celebrate creativity and rally together during an unstable time for the fashion industry. The Tents at Bryant Park in New York City will host over 100,000 people attending shows during the course of eight days.

ESSENCE.com will be on the scene providing exclusive backstage and behind-the-scenes access at all of the hottest shows, including Tracy Reese, b. michael for the Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection, THISDAY/Arise Magazine: African Fashion Collective 2009 and so much more! Our coverage begins today, so check back for designer and front-row celebrity style updates throughout the following week.