Katie Holmes had to shelve her New York Fashion Week ambitions as the snowstorms hitting the city closed her daughter's school early.Holmes missed an event to present the latest collection for her Holmes & Yang fashion line because she had to collect six-year-old Suri.
Tom Cruise's former wife and her design partner and long-time stylist, Jeanne Yang, introduced their collection to fashion editors in a New York hotel suite the day before.
The pair, who launched their label in 2009, say on their website that their "inspiration was born out of necessity".
They were "constantly looking for easy, timeless pieces that could carry them from day to night, casual to cocktail, work to weekend".
Holmes & Yang aim to make each piece special with all "of heritage-quality" and "proudly made in the USA".
The blizzard saw top flight designer Michael Kors arrive at New York Fashion Week's Project Runway show at the Lincoln Centre on Friday in Ugg boots.
"I came in looking like Pam Anderson," he joked backstage, where the offending boots were traded for tasteful black leather.
Marc Jacobs postponed his Monday night show until Thursday, blaming delivery problems, but for the most part Fashion Week went on with the show.
IMG Fashion said organisers remain in contact with city officials about potential weather problems but had planned for an extra layer of tenting for the venue and more heat at the Lincoln Centre, along with crews to help with snow and ice.
Zac Posen said he would present his collection as usual on Sunday but he worried that out-of-town editors and retailers might not be able to make it.
Other designers were considering adding an Internet stream to accommodate guests who couldn't make it to their shows.
Still, plenty of fashion fans wouldn't let a little snow get in the way. Baltimore college student Carmen Green arrived in a red cocktail dress and black high-heel booties.
"In this outfit, the blizzard did not deter me," she said. She did allow that she only had to cross the street from her hotel and would change into combat boots for the train ride home.
The celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch offered a blizzard pro tip.
"You either come in warm and comfortable clothes and boots or you come in neon - or sequins would be a good one - so they see you in the drift," he said.