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As all the fashionistas out there know, New York Fashion Week is in full swing. The official after-party takes place on the 17th, but we’ve rounded up some of our favorite moments from the week so far. I’m happy to report that there is an overwhelming trend of diversity and empowerment hitting the runways this year. Models of all different shapes, sizes, ages and backgrounds were the centerpiece of many shows. Women empowerment shined brightly, from soundtracks to printed t-shirts. This week is a great representation of why fashion is so important: it’s constantly evolving and reflects important moments in our culture. Keep scrolling to get the scoop on some of our top moments from the week!
See-now Buy-now is Still a Thing:
Last year during fashion week, we saw a new idea of “see now, buy now” (collections are available to purchase immediately after the show) take place with a couple heavy hitter designers. This straight-to-consumer model not only continued this season, but gained some speed with designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford and Thakoon.
Christian Siriano’s ‘People are People’:
Christian Siriano is known for including a diverse spectrum of models in his shows, and designing dresses for celebrities that are not sample sizes. The models on his runway ranged from size 0 to plus, and his designs were shown beautifully on all their different shapes. The show’s coveted front row seats belonged to the who’s who of diversity and gender identity. As a message of unity, one model strutted down the catwalk in a t-shirt that simply said “People are People”, which was the theme of the whole show, down to the song lyrics during the model’s final walk.: “People are people so why should it be / You and I should get along so awfully / So we’re different colors and we’re different creeds / And different people have different needs.”
Prabal Gurung’s T-shirts With Power:
Gurung’s show started with dresses, sharp suiting, and luxe knits that were worn by models of all different shapes and sizes. The lights dimmed, then the upbeat playlist turned down and softly played “Imagine”. Models reappeared in t-shirts with bold and empowering messages such as “love is love”, “I have a dream”, “I am an immigrant”, “break down walls”, “I will not be silenced”, and “our minds, our bodies, our power”. Gurung even took his final bow in his own t-shirt, which read “this is what a feminist looks like”. Needless to say, the final parade of t-shirts brought the crowd to their feet.
Raf Simon’s Debut Collection at Calvin Klein:
Calvin Klein has long been a powerhouse known for it’s famous and iconic models. Simon promised to shake things up a bit with the brand’s aesthetic for his debut, and he did just that by starring fresh faced models. In recent years, it’s been popular for big brands to feature celebrity models in their shows (hello, GiGi and Kendal fandom). The female and male models that walked in the Calvin Klein were young newcomers that aren’t recognized for their number of followers on social media. The models all had distinct and unique looks, which complimented the minimal and classic designs of the collection. The show took place in the brand’s corporate offices in Midtown, and artist Sterling Ruby (friend and collaborator of Simon) created the all-American set. The space was painted white and adorned with fringe, pails, American flags, and even bras hanging from the ceiling. Simon’s known for his use of bold color, and color-blocking seemed to be the overlying story of the show. Calvin Klein’s founder was known for injecting sex appeal into the shows, and Simon carried that tradition with his own twist. Transparent tops and clear plastic were the vehicles used to bring touches of nudity into the show.
J. Crew Does It again :
J. Crew’s Fall/Winter ready-to-wear collection was, once again, presented on models of all sizes, ethnicities, backgrounds and ages. The crowds and critics continue to love their modern model round-up! The women’s collection was full of Scottish symbols and texture through plaids, cotton, tulle, and velvet; taking a fresh take of classic designs. The men’s collection stuck with their classic rugby style. Ties and sweaters feature “woodland creatures”, along with blazers, wide-leg pants and some athletic wear.
Next stop- London Fashion Week! I hope the strong wave of diversity on the runways hits the shores across the pond as well.