Every season when I return to the city for ‘the shows’ it feels as if I never left and things continue right where I left them six months ago. I see the same familiar faces and new ones that have made an impression in between seasons and have become the newest addition of color and style to an industry that is always inclusive and welcoming of all new great ideas. This season was unlike many before, several changes shaped its structure. First, we had a few designers that opted for showrooms or presentations versus showing under the NYFW name. Marissa Webb and Minkoff were no shows and Tommy moved his pier this eason to La La Land. Secondly, Moynihan became a memory. The same way Bryant Park and Lincoln Center became relics of fashions past, so did the Penn Station locations’ popular Arch and Dock venues as this season everything moved to Clarkson Square.
Fashion Week definitely looked and felt different but the oohs and ahh were still there. Anna Wintour, Suzy Menkes, Gio Battaglia, Alex Badia and the rest of the celebrated editors paid their visit to the Washington St. location for multiple shows. What did catch my attention was the very visible presence of social influencers. I’ve always seen popular bloggers before but I don’t recall ever seeing so many at the same place at the same time. Rutherford, Coelho, Palermo, Eadie and co.; they were all there in more wardrobe changes than I can count with my hands.
Lastly, my biggest takeaway was how political fashion can be. Prabal closed out his best show yet with a simple but bold finale where models sported t-shirts with messages addressing all current hot-button issues. Anniessa Hasibuan only hired immigrant models for her show, Naeem Khan ended with a poem from Maya Angelou’s reminding us that we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike, however it was a simple pink button that was seen everywhere that really marked this show’s trend. NYFW took a stand with Planned Parenthood and manifested its support through an iron magnet that was seen on everyone including guests, PR teams, designers, models, media and everyone in between. Fashion Week definitely took a stand against public policies and reminded us that our voice is always the new black. I highly recommend doing an Instagram or YouTube search for the previously mentioned shows; I guarantee they will not disappoint.
All photos courtesy of The Running Publicist.