Fashion Week by the Numbers

New York City is currently awash with the couture elite. But what does such fabulousness cost? And is it worth it?

Even though a typical runway show only lasts about 600 seconds, fashion industry executives understand that they can still reap benefits months, even years, later. So while New York Fashion Week (BusinessWeek, 9/15/06) runway shows can rack up huge bills, fashion brands—no matter their size—can't seem to help but indulge in hefty investments in an attempt to create a memorable presentation.

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