that twice-a-year fashion extravaganza known as fashion month kicks off today in new york, but lots of changes are afoot that will not only affect this season, but ripple into seasons to come. here are some things to know as the shows get started:
- one of the new york new guard, alexander wang, presents his last collection on the traditional february/september calendar. wang has already announced he’ll be showing on the pre-collection timeline (june and december), because it will serve is customer better. his counterparts (rodarte, proenza schouler, thom browne, altuzarra) have also been eschewing the outdated way to doing fashion week. the cfda is not only on board with this, but working towards giving more love to the collections previously known as pre-fall and resort. traditionally these are the clothes that make brands the most money, so why not give them more of a platform.
- city swaps: victoria beckham is doing a smaller presentation before moving her show to london in september. delpozo is showing in london, tome in paris, tommy hilfiger in milan (he showed in london last season) and bottega veneta and esteban cortezar will be in new york.
- for the people: club monaco and rebecca taylor are doing open-to-the-public, see-now-buy-now events that fuse fashion, art, and technology, while lela rose is debuting her collection on instagram using influencers like blair and jenny of margo and me.
- we’ve missed you: juicy couture is back on the calendar after a successful collaboration with vetements. la perla is also back, as is ralph lauren (who showed at his home in bedford last season), hugo boss, and narciso rodriguez (who staged his show last night).
- faux real: two designers that are all about luxury, michael kors (+ jimmy choo) and tom ford, have announced they are going either be fur free or really limit the use of fur in their collections. could this be a start of a trend for other brands?
i’ll be posting reviews of my favorite collections here on the blog and my favorite looks on pinterest, so follow along…and i’d love to hear what you’re loving from the shows.