This is a big year in Boston for Fashion Week. The Tents are up! Since the venue and attendance is smaller than New York Fashion Week, there is an element of posh, even slightly lavish, intimacy that feels incredibly like a elegant cocktail party. The white tent is tucked in the garden area behind the Mandarin Oriental hotel, a bit like an oasis from the bustling Boylston Steet and Prudential Center scene just steps away. The stakes are higher here, in a place known more for business, medicine, and baseball, rather than fashion. Designers are as diverse as newly graduated Fashion Students to Couture veterans. Before one ever sets a stilettoed foot in the Tent there is a formal registration, sponsor makeup bar and a very elegant cocktail party in one of the richly paneled ballrooms of the hotel. Diamond bracelets being raffled made it seem like the City has found its way out of that nasty recession and back into a bit of glamour. Escorts led the way outdoors to the Tent as fashionably dressed guests were seated in rows, gift bags on each chair. It was all very familiar and yet it had the feeling of hopeful excitement for a city that is spreading its fashion wings.