7 Highlights of New York Fashion Week
Welcome to fashion month! New York Fashion Week came and went in a flash. The week-long event featured hundreds of unforgettable catwalk shows, from blockbuster names to indie designers we all need to know about.
with runway shows everywhere from the Brooklyn Museum to Spring Studios, South Street Seaport piers and more. This fashion week is memorable because the February edition of the runway shows were mostly canceled due to the Omicron variant and the fashion crowd brought them.
Here are seven highlights from NYFW.
Couture brand Renacio by Carlos Reyes presented an inspirational exhibition of dream-inspired dresses and garments that wowed audiences. The title “The Myth of Eris and the Resilient Unicorn” and the surrealistic symbolism in the garments describe the story of a little girl who goes to sleep and we see what she dreams of.
“The show was inspired by dreams and nightmares with some mythological symbols,” Reyes said.
In one piece, a large cameo box opens at the wearer’s heart, topped by the words “Mortem” meaning “death” in Latin and “Saltare” meaning “dance” on the shoulders. Inside the box we see a picture of a ballerina from “determination‘, a 1945 short film by Salvador Dali and Walt Disney. The box features the French phrase ‘Le disco a besoin de vous’ (The dance needs you).
“The whole thing symbolizes the choice between death and dance,” says Reyes. “Live your life stagnant and bored or be happy and dance. The journey of the unicorn is to choose to dance.”
Pandnk Your Majesty is an eco fashion brand known for their powerful phrases emblazoned on their garments. It is also known for upcycling and fusing high fashion and streetwear styles. The women-led brand was founded by Alisha Amnesia, a designer who says her brand’s ethos is rooted in empowering all genders, races and orientations. For its autumn presentation, the brand offers chic blazers and studs motorcycle jackets as part of their new collection. The brand is anti-fast fashion and was worn by Jan Wiedlin from The GoGos, Captain Sensitive from The damnedand Jake Hout from The Dead Boys.
catwalk of dreams
That catwalk of dreams™ Foundation, a non-profit foundation that promotes inclusion and change in the fashion industry for people with disabilities. Her latest fashion window showcased adaptive clothing and shoes for everyone. Over 60 models from a variety of disabilities and backgrounds strutted the runway in the latest fashions from Target, Kohl’s, JC Penney, Steve Madden and others that use simple zippers and magnets for clothing fasteners to allow people with disabilities to easily maneuver fashion items. It was titled A fashion revolution and was presented by Kohl’s and moderated by Peloton’s first adaptive instructor, Logan Aldridge.
The travel bag company founded by women Baggallini presented her Fall 2022 collection at New York Fashion Week. Their latest campaign features models Amanda Vanderziel, Aubrie Williams and Mackenzie Hamilton going about their busy lives from 9am to 5pm across New York City, photographed by filmmaker Jimmy Penna and photographer Julia D’Agostino.
The brand is known for its durable, practical and functional bags, from their Modern Pocket crossbody bags to their tote bags and stylish Dark Cherry backpacks, that help New York women get their morning coffee, rush to the subway and You can even take these bags with you on the plane as hand luggage.
“This campaign celebrates the multidimensional woman on the go and how our bags support her on her daily journey with style and ease,” said Alison Muench, Baggallini’s Head of Brand Marketing and Creative Director. “New York City became the perfect setting to showcase our fall collection. As the saying goes: if our bags can make it there, they can make it anywhere.”
Concept Korea has been an official program of NYFW for 12 years. It is part of a global fashion program hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and organized by the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA). The aim is to support Korean fashion designers in their breakthrough in the western fashion market. Brands from Seoul this season BESFXXK, Cahiers and UL:KIN presented their Spring/Summer 2023 collections – vibrant brands worn by TXT’s Yeonjun and actress Kim Tae-ri. Musicians Dong Hyuk Kim, D4M $loan, Min and Ezee turned heads on the runway.
BESFXXK showcased pinstriped fabrics with khaki trench coats, with their Victorian-style windbreaker jacket stealing the show with a long Versailles-esque train. Cahiers brought dreamy pastels to long, ruffled dresses perfect for wearing in the Spanish countryside of Toledo. UL:KIN, designed by Seong Dong Lee, featured fishnets as a key component for the new collection inspired by magnet fishing, with olive colored vests, zippers and mesh symbolizing the underwater world.
The Blonds returned to NYFW with a new collection inspired by their glamorous summer. The sun-kissed collection featured sparkling hues of gold, yellow and orange in retro 1970s-inspired pieces worn by the likes of Nikita Dragun, Gigi Gorgeous, Cassie and Saucy Santana.
The designers say their summer was filled with “escapism, glamor and nightlife in New York City” and was all about “excessive style and memories of those hot nights when [fashion designers] Philippe and David shared a love of dance music.” The duo has announced an upcoming book with Rizzoli The Blondes: Glamor Fashion Fantasywill be released on October 11th.
Disco Inferno & 14N1
The hip hop community came to a runway show called More fashion, less gun violencein the heart of New York City’s residential projects, Robert S. Fulton Residences.
Naughty By Nature’s Vin Rock walked the runway for the show, co-presented by Disco Inferno, a brand founded by A$AP Illz, and DripOnSociety’s streetwear brand 14N1. The brand is known for dressing hip-hop luminaries like DJ Whoo Kid, Ayleks, Bobby Nice, Jay Gwaupo, Lil Migo and more.
“This brand is based on Dante’s Inferno and the Nine Circles of Hell, which collides with the fashion that emerged from the Parkside housing development I hail from in the Bronx, the birthplace and mecca of hip-hop,” Illz said in an explanation . “I also wanted to shed light on how my generation is killing each other at gunpoint and through this collection I hope to lighten things up by having a fashion show here in our community.”