New York Fashion Week is done, and it took the city by storm — during a weekend of thundery weather, no less — and hosting a number of landmark events, including the return of brands like Ralph Lauren and 3.1 Phillip Lim to the calendar, as well as debuts from up-and-coming designers like Grace Ling and recent “Project Runway” winner Bishme Cromartie.
The venue was one of the most iconic spaces in the Big Apple such as the New York City Public Library, the sartorial affair was scheduled for September 8 to 13. With veteran designer labels where Ralph Lauren and Victoria’s Secret made a revolutionary comeback, new creative directors such as Peter Do of Helmut Lang brought a fresh perspective to the runway, and Indian designers such as Kanika Goyal, Archana Kochchar, and Falguni Shane Peacock made their mark with a desi touch, there was a lot more to see & register. Here are all the highlights from New York Fashion Week.
NYFW was filled with so many great moments, beautiful clothes – from whimsical to wearable – and, as always, a slew of celebrity sightings.
This time the seasonal menswear showcase, which is put together by Agentry PR, was once again hosted across two floors—that otherwise serve as separate photographic studios—of an industrial building in Hudson Yards. There were ten designers in the lineup, covering menswear, genderless, and a touch of womenswear. These brands were all relatively indie, with a distinct take on what constitutes “menswear,” and ranged from new (as in launched last year) to established (operating for nearly a decade).
Throughout the weekend, long jackets and oversized suits mixed with gauzy, barely-there dresses dominated runways, from Coach to Khaite, Jason Wu to Eckhaus Latta. But while many of these labels — and more — employed restrained colour palettes, there were maximalist takes as well.
Kim Shui, who sent flirty corsetry down the runway to party music on Saturday night, told the media backstage that she designs for people who “have a lot of personality.” Both Shui and Hillary Taymour of Collina Strada made feminine statements through their collections, with Shui leaning into ornamentation that she said is often considered “superfluous.” Taymour, on the other hand, noted that she was embracing “the strength of radical softness” and the “grit in the girly” during a time of peril for trans and reproductive rights.
Cynthia Rowley sure likes to have fun with fashion. For her fall collection, she hosted an all-female stand-up show. Comedians Nikki Glaser, Rachel Feinstein, Ego Nwodim and more took to the makeshift stage in vibrant hues, fun flares and feathers. “I see fashion and comedy serving women in the same way,” said Rowley in a press release. “If you can be funny, you can feel confident. If you love what you’re wearing you feel confident. And if you can have both, even better.”
All and all it was a visual delight for the fashion world to see big names making a comeback and viral moments throughout the week.