Top designers like Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta showed their collections, along with dozens of relatively unknown aspiring young creators wanting to become the next big thing.
The darling of the New York fashion set, Marc Jacobs, as usual bucked the trends of the week with a wacky collection featuring seemingly half-finished pieces, exposed underwear and slinky dresses, while mixing silk and plastic.
He offered a refreshingly stripped-down take on pieces such as cutaway dresses, but some fashion professionals were fuming over Monday's show starting two hours late.
"It's not as if he's some young 19-year-old," Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of American Vogue, vented to Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper. "He's a grown-up with a huge organization behind him."