Here we are with the kickoff of the New York Fashion Week fall/winter 2021. It is back for another season of shows — but with the global pandemic things have changed.
As a reminder New York Fashion Week, owned by IMG is held in February and September of each year, is a semi-annual series of events (generally lasting 7–9 days) when international fashion collections are shown to buyers, the press and the general public. It consists of numerous branded events, including Fashion Week New York and MADE Fashion Week, as well as numerous independent fashion productions around town. It is one of four major fashion weeks in the world, collectively known as the “Big 4,” along with those in Paris, London and Milan. Although these are the four most established, there are numerous smaller fashion events around the world. New York Fashion Week, which began on Sunday 14th will not feature a number of high-profile designers whose shows once held prime spots on the schedule: Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein are all absent, with future plans mostly under wraps or vague.
As New York remains partially locked-down in response to COVID-19, New York Fashion Week is forging ahead with an entirely digital fall 2021 lineup. Indeed The Shows, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) are looking at a mostly digital event, with some exceptions. Being said Editors, buyers, and fashion fans will stream most of the collections from the comfort of their homes this season. NYFW kicked off with Jason Wu’s live-streamed runway show on Valentine’s Day, with— a limited-audience, socially-distanced one, but still. Jason Wu invited us into his general store for fall 2021. The collection married two of his loves: fashion and food.
It was followed by virtual presentations and videos from Markarian (the brand behind Dr. Jill Biden’s inauguration look) and a long-time Fashion Week highlight Imitation of Christ.
The week draws to a close with none other than designer and CFDA chairman Tom Ford, who will also give the keynote speech at Harlem’s Fashion Row Fashion Summit on Feb 18. That said, NYFW is shaping up to be a month-long event. Spring Studios will once again be the central location of activity for New York Fashion Week: The Shows, which takes place Feb. 14 through 18, with NYFW.com being the official online hub for all digital activity that is available to the industry and consumers.
For more information to reserve your tickets: visit https://fashionweekonline.com/
By Alizé Utteryn 02/15/2021