NEW YORK FASHION WEEK SS20 BULLETIN
New York Fashion Week marks the beginning of a month-long sartorial spectacle as designers showcase their latest creations to the world.
While Milan is renowned for its extravagance and London for its emerging talents, New York is known for its progressive social consciousness, often leading the way in terms of body positivity, diversity and powerful political statements. Here, we rounded up highlights from New York Fashion Week Spring 2020:
AVANT-GARDE TO POWER
VFILES exhibited its eleventh show, which featured young talents, musical performances and a front row full of celebrities. Among the creatives, CSM graduate Pierrre-Louis Auvray stood out. The designer earned a spot in the VFILES parade along with Londoner Wesley Harriott and amberinos Di Du and Nico Verhaegen.
This season's calendar was full of Brooklyn locations and non-traditional formats reigned supreme. Gauntlett Cheng and Maryam Nassir Zadeh set their shows outdoors. Hillary Taymour of Collina Strada also set up her show on the street, creating a farmer’s market and inviting guests to take the produce to emphasize her commitment to sustainability.
“This show is my continuing attempt at reconciling the desire we all have to create and consume with the responsibility we all share to be conscious and ethical. I’m doing my best to use my platform to communicate urgent messages with positivity and honesty.”
GREATER DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Luxury junior label Lulu et Gigi attracted extra attention for sending nine-year-old double amputee Daisy-May Demetre down the runway. The up-and-coming model, who had both her legs amputated as a baby, is due to appear at Paris Fashion Week later this month.
THE MOST POLITICAL MOMENT OF NYFW
Prabal Gurung’s runway and his collection featuring elements of Americana, the country’s floral emblem red roses and classic blue denim. It culminated in every model being sent down the runway wearing a pageant-style sash with the words, “Who gets to be American?”
GETTING CLOSER TO SUSTAINABILITY
Hairdryers and hot tools were banned by Gabriela Hearst’s as the designer attempted to stage NYFW’s first carbon-neutral show.
Maria Cornejom utilized upcycled textiles and leathers from car interiors in collaboration with Hyundai. The result was a very wearable set of casual dresses and trouser suits dubbed “ReStyle.”
FAVORED SHOW: MARC JACOBS
Fashion favorite Marc Jacobs closed the week with an eclectic show that celebrated life thorough vivid prints, florals and high-volume shapes. A brilliant show with airs of joy, equality, individuality, optimism, happiness, indulgence, dreams and a future unwritten.
The next stop on this year’s fashion week calendar? London from Friday, Sept. 13. Stay tuned!