What You May Have Missed Last Week At NYFW
By Jessica Leff
Fashion month went off with a bang. After taking a hiatus because of the pandemic, 3 major fashion events occurred back to back to back. New York Fashion Week kicked off the action on Wednesday, September 8, and concluded Sunday, September 12 (pausing Saturday for the 20th anniversary of September 11th). Now that we’ve all had some time to reflect on all of the incredible fashion that hit the runways, red carpets, and NYC streets, it is time to highlight the significant moments and trends emerging for spring/summer 2022.
NYFW took a hybrid approach, with most runway shows back in person (finally), while others remained virtual. Live shows forced attendees and celebrities to wear something other than sweatpants; and you cannot forget about the trendiest new accessories: a face mask and a vaccination card. The entire city became a backdrop for this fashion extravaganza, and the 91-plus designers used this to their advantage.
Feeling overwhelmed as you scroll through countless Instagram posts as you try to soak up every second from these jam-packed 5 days? No need to fear.
Continue reading to explore the most iconic, unforgettable moments from this momentous occasion.
A Historic Debut on the Catwalk
A rainy runway took center stage in Bryant Park for a tea party-inspired Moschino collection, entitled “Ladies Who Lunch”. Capturing a nostalgic, childhood feel, reimagined vintage attire with bright pastel colors and patterns were graciously displayed. Beyond the playful theme, the show made a lasting impression for change. Quadriplegic model Aaron Philips, became the first disabled model to showcase for a major luxury fashion brand. Wearing a stunning bright yellow and white trim ensemble consisting of a matching pencil skirt, bralette, and blazer, Philips gives the audience a glimpse into the future, which depicts a more inclusive fashion industry.
Block Party on Mercer Street
Tory Burch shut down Mercer Street for a fashion block party in an effort to celebrate community, and give back to New York. Local favorites, such as Sant Ambroeus and Balthazar, lined the cobblestone street runway with treats, while those watching were treated to a performance by American street dancer Lil Buck and drummer Corneli. As for the collection, Burch took us back in time, paying homage to fashion designer Claire McCardell, known for the creation of American sportswear in the 40s and 50s. The lineup highlighted functionality for busy women with the contrast of colors, patterns, and fabrics. Tory Burch’s Block Party took street style to a whole new level.
The Most Anticipated Runway Return
Just one year after giving birth to her daughter Khai, Gigi Hadid shocked everyone with her return. Undoubtedly, there’s no better event to return to modeling than walking at NYFW. Many were surprised to see Hadid be a part of so many shows, including Michael Kors, Brandon Maxwell, Altuzarrra, and Tom Ford; however, her most talked about show this season was at Proenza Schouler, her first appearance of the event. The show took place on Little Island at the peak of golden hour. The collection included an array of bright colors and vibrant prints as we prepare to venture back out to tropical vacations soon enough. Hadid strutted down the runway in a long sleeve, abstract-printed, royal blue and yellow midi dress, layered with a boxy black vest and green lei.
Taking Fashion to New Heights
Queens native LaQuan Smith invited guests eighty-six floors up to view his newest collection. This experience was definitely unique as Smith became the first to partner with the iconic landmark–Empire State Building–and host a fashion show outside on the viewing platform. The fifteen-minute show captured the audience and brought them into LaQuan’s dramatic world. The collection ranged from sporty to evening wear and stayed within the color palette of cream, light blue, and dark reds, which directly fit the aesthetic against the bright lights of an NYC night. Two white poodles even had the chance to walk the runway as they accompanied the models and posed for the cameras.
Disco Glam Grand Finale
As president of the CFDA, Tom Ford nominated himself as the person to end this 5-day fashion frenzy. Instead of sticking to his classic, glamorous gowns, Ford opted for a striking collection reminiscent of his time in LA: evening looks inspired by sportswear. Reviving the sequins and parachute pants, each piece was an eccentric combination of 70’s disco, 80’s neon, and 90’s silhouettes. As the soundtrack pushed the party along, Lincoln Center was the place to be, ending the incredible NYFW 2021 on a high note.