#NYFW is almost upon us!
It’ February 2020 and we’ve got butterflies, in the best way for New York Fashion Week, which runs from February 6th to 12th. It’s bound to be a week filled with incredible looks and hopefully more diversity than in the past. From which designers are showing in Los Angeles, to the impact of the 2020 Oscars, here’s everything you can expect at the New York Fashion Week fall 2020 shows.
Where is it?
Fashion Week shows take place all over New York City. In recent years, core presentations take place at Spring Studios with some other shows at various locations in the city. Additional shows will take place off-site in Los Angeles.
Who will be there?
NYFW is fully packed with designers and labels such as Rag & Bone, Private Policy, Brandon Maxwell, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Christian Cowan, Palm Angels, and many, many more.
1. Talent to Look Out For
New York Fashion Week has been a place to discover new fashion trends and young talent. Keep your eye out for these new names were excited to see. Dauphinette, with a wanderlust-y line of florals, feathers, and jewelry by Olivia Cheng; Slashed by Tia, with an art history and Renaissance inspired line; and Kenneth Nicholson whose menswear challenges the narrow rules that often accompany male fashion.
2. Some Major Designers will not be showing at New York Fashion Week
Lauren, Hilfiger, and Scott have revealed they won’t be showing during New York Fashion week. Ralph Lauren, is the biggest shock as he has been a mainstay at the academy awards for more than 50 years.
Hilfiger is also revealed he will not be showing on NYFW, instead showing his Tommy X Lewis collaboration during London Fashion Week. Scott is skipping out and instead will be presenting his collection in Paris during couture week in July
Despite absences from these major designers, the schedule still includes a multitude of notable New York-based designer brands, such as Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, Jason Wu, among others.
Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid on the catwalk Marc Jacobs spring 2020 show from Shutterstock
3. Oscars Colliding with New York Fashion Week
The Oscars fall right smack in the middle of New York Fashion Week, which will outshine some designers such as Collina Strata, Jason Wu, and Palm Angels, who are scheduled to show at the same time as the Oscars. This scheduling collision has led to a lack of star power at certain NY shows, as actors and Hollywood designers will be attending Hollywood’s biggest night.
4. More Diversity
Fashion is for everyone, and NYFW has been including much more diversity.
In 2019, Nine of New York’s 10 most-booked models were women of colour, including Nigerian-born Mayowa Nicholas, Korean model Hyun Ji Shin, Chinese-Nigerian model Adesuwa Aighewi, who all booked at least 12 shows.
Racial diversity on the runway grew to 45.8 percent at the Fall 2019 show. This year’s fashion show is set to bring include more body types and represent a more diverse crowd. Plus-sized models, transgender models and women of colour are expected to be represented on the runway.
5. More Sustainable Fashion on the Runway
Designers seem to be taking their carbon footprints more seriously this season. We’re excited to see how runway sets include items that are recycled or reused. Designers and brands are keen to think of innovative new ways to use sustainable materials.
As for NYFW’s newer set, from buzzy contemporary Collina Strada to repurposed denim label CIE Denim, who is showing for the first time this season, bringing sustainability beyond their collections has always been a priority.
Hillary Taymour, founder of Collina Strada, has always designed with sustainability in mind, but last season, she made it a point to make a big statement at her Fall 2019 runway show. She used her act to feature environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and covered the runway in trash as an urge for the industry to clean up its act. She incorporates accessories made from repurposed and upcycled children’s toys and plastic that would have gone to waste.
Other brands are repurposing car leather into clothing and producing articles with 100 percent dead-stock fabrics, which are all the leftovers at fashion houses.
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