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Telfar RTW Fall 2022

Telfar RTW Fall 2022

Telfar Clemens let the fashion crowd into his world, closing out New York Fashion Week with a stunning multidisciplinary event.
It was more than just a fashion show — yes, there was the debut of a full clothing range and updates to his bags, but that was anchored in activism, political commentary and a critique on the industry told through sound and video. Clemens’ show was performance art remixed through the lens of a Black-owned business, with a focus on his own community.
As guests weaved their way into Pier 17, the showmanship had already begun with strategically placed digital ads playing snippets of what was to come from Clemens, his collection and his visual collaborators. The night kicked off with an episode of Telfar.TV, a 24-hour reality TV experience, retail channel and alternative channel for Black creativity that Clemens introduced in September. It runs on its own platform and via app on Apple TV and Roku. The story was told through booming audio and impactful images led by his crew — musician Ian Isiah, artists Aya Brown and Kandis Williams, poet Fred Moten, model Trap Selyna and Clemens — chronicling the sale of bags to TV viewers while teasing what was to come throughout the night: Telfar fashion.

Telfar RTW Fall 2022
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Isiah and Brown played host, inviting guests into the Telfar world, highlighting the brand’s unabashedly Black and queer ownership. His bags, the ubiquitous ones seen all over New York and beyond, were a focus, even spinning a game show-style wheel to help determine what color bag to give away to their TV viewers.
Once the episode ended, the curtain was pulled back to reveal a stark white landscape with hills, valleys and a live jazz band as the first fashion show began. The show notes explained the collection was the culmination of two years of work, and it came with a massive amount of looks. The deconstructed sportswear — maybe a nod to what he learned outfitting the Liberian Olympic team for the Tokyo Summer Games — included a mix of loose shapes and interesting takes on tank tops as both a top and a dress, sports jerseys with cutouts and long-flowing skirts, all bearing his logo. Shown on a mix of gender expressions, it felt like the next phase for the community Clemens has built — those who feverishly anticipate his next bag can now can partake in a whole Telfar lifestyle.

Telfar RTW Fall 2022
Courtesy of Telfar

Not done yet: The video returned, with Isiah’s voice cooing, “Cool denim.” It was manipulated, stretched out in a dreamy and prophetic tone, a symbol of what was to come from fashion show number two. Once again, the curtain was pulled back and a robust assortment of denim pieces walked the runway and into the crowd. He focused on a supersized distressed wide-leg raver-style pant, pairing it with his new round T logo bag shape. Clemens was once attached to design for the Gap, and looking at these fresh new denim designs, they may be kicking themselves now for having let him go.

Telfar RTW Fall 2022
Dan Lecca

Rounding out the event, Clemens did what he is known to do — he sold bags. Done by using a massive QR code that was paraded around the room and on large television screens, the hosts told the crowd it sold out in moments.

Pantone Reveals NYFW Fashion Color Trends for Fall 2022

Pantone Reveals NYFW Fashion Color Trends for Fall 2022

Just as much of the world teeters between envisioning exuberance and calm, the Pantone Color Trend Report for New York Fashion Week fall 2022 delivers shades for both mind-sets.As pandemic restrictions are easing and many countries are opening up again widely for business, the anticipation of getting back to some semblance of activity is evident in the colors. High-energy shades top the list of the 10 standout colors with the fiery red Lava Falls, the glowing yellow Samoan Sun, an energizing Orange Tiger and a near neon pink Rose Violet.
Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman said such hues express our yearnings. More soothing green shades like Amazon and Martini Olive balance things out a bit and classic subtle tones like Arctic Wolf are nurturing, she said.

The roller coaster of emotions that millions have experienced due to COVID-19 are evident in this season’s palette. “On one hand, we want rest and relaxation, but on the other hand, we sure want something that is going to get us up-and-out and moving,” she said. “Everybody knows what it feels like to have been sequestered for so long. Last year, we felt that we could start going out to do the things that were so-called normal. Then we had another wave with Omicron, which was so disappointing. People just feel like — give us another jolt of energy. Those highs and lows we were experiencing due to all of the events around us [have led to] almost contradictory yearnings,” Eiseman said, adding that choosing colorful clothing can almost fool oneself into being energized.

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Pandemic aside, upswings in interest in outdoor activities, gaming, near-constant digital lives, animation, immersive art exhibits like the Van Gogh Experience are impacting consumers’ choice of colors. With digitized colors often being more intense than textiles seen in real life, the absorption of such vibrant shades is making people want to infuse their wardrobes with similar jolts of color, Eiseman said. “To make that transition from the digitized world into — I won’t say ‘the real world,’ because that’s becoming part of our real world for sure — can mean choosing a different textile, a cotton or a silly print. With people being surrounded by all of these new technologies, they want a piece of that.”
However dry the ongoing sourcing problem and shipping delays might seem, they also are rocking the color world. With first choices for fabrics and other materials routinely being shelved due to transportation and availability, designers are increasingly rolling with second or third choices, which has led to a greater willingness to experiment with colors. Eiseman said she will be opening a talk at next month’s International Home and Housewares show by acknowledging how the sourcing issues are a factor. “Designers have to be thinking about this. It’s all part of deciding which colors you will be using,” she said. “It doesn’t run against the meaning of each color. But that practical aspect of what’s-going-to-be-available-to-me does play into it,” she said.
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Beijing Olympic fans may associate this orange-y red with the flag of China or the controversial layered-up Lululemon uniforms of Canada’s national team. Winter Games coverage is “absolutely” reinforcing the power of color, Eiseman said. “You know what a stir the Canadian uniform caused with the bright red puffer jackets and the vests on top of the jackets and the puffy scarf on top of that. That was a big story for several days,” she said. “I thought wow that is an indication of the power of color. And people are interested. They may not be able to attend, but they will watch and will get some inspiration from that.”

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Creatives and consumers alike are not about to let weather patterns or moods dictate their color choices. Cheerful, enlightened Samoan Sun is one that is prevalent well beyond smiling — or crying — emojis. The new Jean Patou handbag collection already is using it.
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Another example of how new fashion seasons are no longer defined by staid colors.
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Designers and shoppers are more inclined to not be mired in expected traditional choices. If you want to wear a bold pink, the thinking is go for it, Eiseman said. Sandra Bullock dons a Rose Violet sequined pantsuit in the new flick “The Lost City.” Lil Nas X wore it first though at the 2020 Grammys.
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Inspired by the rainforest and not Jeff Bezos’ behemoth corporation in Seattle — this lush color is meant to relay a sense of being outdoors with the grass beneath one’s feet. Colin Locasio already added it to his fall collection. Environmental concerns are not going away either, and this is yet another reminder that we need to be mindful of the destruction of nature, Eiseman said.
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Like the multisensory Amazon, this floral pink is meant to resonate on different levels. Vanessa Kirby chose a gown in this soft shade for last year’s Oscars.
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Cleansing and refreshing, this blue is a few notches up from a pastel. Disney fans and Loewe shoppers alike will love it. Arias’ “Her Mirroring” collaboration with Anne Klein opted for Waterspout, as has Tadashi Shoji. Meghan Markle is an advocate for this blue, too.
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Coffee drinking has become a pastime around the globe — more than 166 million bags were sold last year. Designers and Pantone understand that a name can take you places, and one that carries an added punch of aroma is all the more inviting to shoppers.
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Stargazing has gained traction thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope and self isolators looking for some after-hours socially distanced activities. Kim Jones is among the fans of this deep blue.
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Cocktails are back in a big way, so why not splash this green tone into the wardrobe?

Fall 2022 Core Classics
Aside from having names that reinforce the transportive powers of color, these seasonless and versatile basics won’t fade like a passport.
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This soft white isn’t just a favorite with bridal designers like Vera Wang and Pronovias — it can be found in Badgley Mischka’s new collection. This is also a go-to choice for future Queen Consort Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
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Slightly understated and calming, this basic has already been infused into Peter Do’s new collection, as well as Overcoat’s and House of Aama’s. Burberry needs no reminder about Autumn Blonde’s lasting appeal.
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Iceland overnights for the Northern Lights might not yet be on the calendar for many travelers, but this cosmically deep blue is at the ready.
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Another indicator of the appeal of the evergreen, this earth-infused tone can be found in myriad brands including Patagonia and The North Face.
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Knowing that pandemic living amounted to hunk, drunk or chunk for many housebound quarantine-ers, this subtle gray shade’s name is a wink at the exercisers of the world. Thom Browne is always on board with grayness in fashion.

The Best Modest Looks from NYFW Spring 2022 So Far

The Best Modest Looks from NYFW Spring 2022 So Far

This season’s New York fashion week is offering plenty of options for the modest woman. Designs that have been showcased so far seem to have a strong focus on ankle-grazing dresses, coats, fringes, and drapings, with colors ranging from dark neutrals to bright yellows and pinks as seen at Proenza Schouler. Peter Do, the new all-star designer is presenting a more futuristic take on the spring/summer season with a contrasting color palette seen in full-length coats with stitch detailing, and knit dresses paired with oversized,  “unconventional” purses. Other designers including Reem Acra, Christian Siriano, and Prabal Gurung have also put their spin on a modest dressing classic — the long dress.
Click through the gallery above for our edit of the best modest looks from NYFW SS22 so far.
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All the Pop-ups to Visit During New York Fashion Week

All the Pop-ups to Visit During New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is back in full swing, and so are the events that come with it.With fashion week kicking off Wednesday, plenty of brands and companies have created pop-up stores for guests to visit. Though many of the fashion shows are invite-only, these pop-ups are open to the general public.
Revolve, the popular online retailer, will debut in New York Fashion Week for the first time and have a pop-up called Revolve Gallery. Ksubi, also making a solo debut this week, will open a weeklong gallery featuring a Ksubi x Hidji limited-edition capsule collection.
From free ice cream to piercings, here’s a look at the public events to check out during New York Fashion Week.
Dior Beauty

The brand New Miss Dior Eau de Parfum.
Courtesy of Dior Beauty

The beauty brand will open a Miss Dior Millefiori Garden immersive pop-up to celebrate the launch of their fragrance New Miss Dior Eau de Parfum. The store will feature both in-person and virtual events hosted by fashion influencers Valeria Lipovetsky and Sai De Silva and TikTok star Avani Gregg. The pop-up will be exclusively linked to e-commerce via dior.com, where shoppers can sample products on site while making purchases online. Exclusive offerings will also be available, such as a custom limited-edition Miss Dior tote bag with purchases over $150.

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The installation will be held at Gansevoort Plaza and go from Sept. 13 to 16. Events open for pre-registration on Sept. 7.
Creatively
The job platform for creatives will pop up in secret locations throughout New York City, where each stop will feature notable creatives, who identify as BIPOC and/or female. They will create free art or custom clothing on the spot. Each location will be revealed a few hours in advance through the social media accounts of the artists who will be featured. These include Quiana Parks, Siobhan O’Dwyer, Dirt Cobain, B Peppers, asap.gif, Broadie, Erick Davila and The Locker Room. Creatively will also give free ice cream, coffee and hoodies to anyone who is a creative.
Creatively’s pink truck will be at the secret locations on Sept. 9 and 10.
Rebecca Minkoff x Magnum
The designer is partnering with the ice cream brand to host a pop-up in celebration of her fashion show. The store will be located in SoHo, where fans can get free ice cream, choosing from either a classic and crunchy Magnum ice cream almond bar or creamy non-dairy sea salt caramel bar. Guests will also receive a bag of sweet treats to “dress up” their bars for fashion week.
The pop-up will be in SoHo (exact location to be announced) on Sept. 10.
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The Midtown hotel, which opened in July after a complete hotel renovation, is partnering with the ear piercing service to offer complimentary appointments.
The pop-up will be from Sept. 8 and 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library in Conrad New York Midtown.
Ksubi 
Australian denim and streetwear label Ksubi opened a pop-up art gallery at the old Opening Ceremony space on Howard Street on Tuesday. New York street artist Hidji World and visual and performance artist Travis Rogers of Dnt Wtch TV will design and produce an art installation featuring live painting and workshops for local youth artists, as well as an art showcase curated by Ksubi that will feature 10 emerging artists.

Additionally, the brand’s second Hidji collaboration, a 27-piece Ksubi x Hidji limited-edition capsule of men’s wear, women’s wear and accessories priced from $90 to $390, will be on display at the pop-up and then available to purchase from Ksubi’s two U.S. stores on Greene Street and La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles from Sept. 8, with other key retailers to follow.
The Ksubi pop-up is from Sept. 7 to 14 and is located on 35 Howard Street. 
Revolve Gallery

Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow will participate in Revolve Gallery.
Courtesy of Revolve

For its first time participating in NYFW, Revolve will launch Revolve Gallery, an innovative, multiroom fashion experience to be held at Hudson Yards. Revolve will create an immersive multibrand exhibition featuring a real-time shopping component, reimagining the “front row” experience while engaging with consumers in a new way.
The store will feature 13 selected designers. Set in a 17,000-square-foot space, each brand will have a designated room transformed to reflect the vision and inspiration for the brand’s collection designed exclusively for Revolve.
Revolve Gallery will be open on Sept. 10 and 11 from noon to 8 p.m. at 20 Hudson Yards.
Doors 
The retail platform for emerging design talent has opened a pop-up in SoHo that will offer fashion and beauty brands, art and technology. Called Other Worlds, the store will showcase more than 40 independent names including Juun.J, GCDS, Zilver, Y/Project, Litkovskaya and New York Fashion Week designers Private Policy and PH5.
More than 20 artists will also take part in the monthlong project, including Scaniel, Sharon Volpe and Libby Schoettle, who goes by the name Phoebe New York and who has created street art-inspired work for the pop-up.
The Doors pop-up is held at 27 Greene Street and will be from Sept. 7 to Oct. 3. 
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IMG Releases Final Schedule for NYFW: The Shows

IMG Releases Final Schedule for NYFW: The Shows

IMG has released the final schedule of events and programming for New York Fashion Week: The Shows, the official central hub of NYFW. The event takes place Feb. 14 to 18.
NYFW: The Shows is produced  by IMG Focus live at Spring Studios and virtually at NYFW.com.
The lineup includes livestream fashion shows, presentations, virtual content and cultural programming. Through its continued partnership with the Black in Fashion Council, IMG will expand its support of Black fashion talent through programming and showrooms in both New York and Los Angeles this season, as reported in WWD Tuesday.
IMG has 107 designers from 14 countries participating.
Among first-time participants are Aarmy, Chaance (a South Korean streetwear line by Spyder), Colin Locascio, Frederick Anderson, Loring New York, Maison Asia (a faux-fur label by Gilles Mendel’s daughter Chloe Mendel), Maison Kitsuné, Marrisa Wilson, Nicole Benefield Portfolio, PizzaSlime, Sincerely Ria (by Mariama Diallo), Studio Amelia, Theo, Tombogo and Victor de Souza.

Returning designers taking part in some form include Jason Wu, Veronica Beard, Alice + Olivia, Markarian, Tadashi Shoji, Badgley Mischka, Anna Sui, Monse, Adeam, Victor Glemaud, Rodarte, Anna Sui, Tanya Taylor, Anne Klein, Dennis Basso, Cinq à Sept, Jonathan Simkhai, Bibhu Mohapatra, Nicole Miller, Rebecca Minkoff and Christian Cowan. Many of them are also on the CFDA’s  “American Collections” schedule. 

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Wu and  Minkoff are the only live events with socially distanced audiences, as well as the Black in Fashion Council Discovery Showrooms, which are by appointment.
This season, IMG will launch The Drops, offering daily limited-edition product drops with accompanying digital content from brands including Jason Wu, Radarte x Virgil Normal, Prabal Gurung, LaQuan Smith and Aarmy, available to view exclusively on NYFW.com
Returning this season is IMG’s ongoing NYFW:BTS series. Among the special events are:
• Well Suited: NYFW: The Shows will launch a podcast hosted by fashion sisters Harper’s Bazaar digital director Nikki Ogunnaike and journalist Lola Ogunnaike. The podcast’s guests will include playwright Jeremy O’Harris; entrepreneur, lawyer and author Meena Harris; actor Cynthia Erivo, and chess champion and comedian Elsa Majimbo.
• NYFW: In Session: IMG’s new series of courses will feature a three-part beauty series with artist Karan Franjola for Jason Wu with Jason Wu Beauty, The Wall Group artist Romy Soleimani for Ulla Johnson with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, and The Wall Group artist Jezz Hill with TooD Beauty.
• Aarmy Bootcamp and Aarmy Inspiration Practices: Aarmy cofounder Akin Akman will begin NYFW with a virtual bootcamp on Feb. 14, while cofounder Angela Manuel-Davis and The Wall Group stylist Karla Welch will close the season with a mental health conditioning session on Feb. 18.
• Maison Kitsune spring 2021: The company will stream a fashion week set with IMG model and DJ Mona Matsuoka.
NYFW: The Talks will feature a series of including Proenza Schouler, LaQuan Smith, Prabal Gurung and Rodarte, plus guests such as artist Kehinde Wiley, as well as Charlie Staunton and Shirley Kurata, founders of Virgil Normal.

On Feb. 15, Markarian designer Alexandra O’Neill and designer Sergio Hudson will talk about the biggest moments of Inauguration Day in a conversation with  journalist Tamron Hall. In addition, there will be a conversation Feb. 18 about the Beauty of Inclusivity, presented by fashion director Rajni Jacques alongside Oui the People founder Karen Young and designer, model and activist Mariama Diallo moderated by Visa’s senior vice president, head of North America marketing Mary Ann Reilly about supporting the Black, women-owned, small business community and recognizing diversity and inclusion in the beauty space.
There will also be a Black in Fashion Council Town Hall, where Lindsay Peoples Wagner, editor in chief of The Cut, and Sandrine Charles, cofounder of Black in Fashion Council, will lead a series of three town halls introducing to the NYFW community the season’s participating designers from both the New York and Los Angeles Black in Fashion Council Discover Showrooms.
NYFW: The Shows will feature Lizzy Savage as its artist in residence for the season. Savage’s hand-placed @heartsny street art will decorate the exterior of Spring Studios.
As reported, IMG will bring its editorial content to the TikTok community as the official editorial partner of TikTok Fashion Month. TikTok will feature live and taped content from across the IMG network distributed through its TikTok channels, @FashionWeek, @NYFW and @Made throughout the month of fall 2021 global fashion week.
NYFW: The Shows is presented by lead partners BMW of North America, Visa, TRESemmé and Perrier, with special projects partners The Coca-Cola Co., Ziploc Brand and TikTok, and official media partner E!.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘American Collections Calendar’ Reveals Fall 2021 Lineup

EXCLUSIVE: ‘American Collections Calendar’ Reveals Fall 2021 Lineup

The “American Collections Calendar,” formerly known as the Official New York Fashion Week Schedule, has finally been released.
As reported, Tom Ford, chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, renamed the show schedule “American Collections Calendar” last week to reflect that a growing number of American designers are showing later in the season and sometimes outside of New York, whether that be in Europe, Asia or other key markets. The CFDA has now included all American designers who are showing within the calendar and on Runway360, regardless of location or collection release date.
Due to the pandemic the New York fashion shows will be primarily a virtual event on Runway360, CFDA’s digital platform, with a sprinkling of live events. For the most part, each of the designers has an exclusive half-hour slot on the schedule, which can be viewed anytime afterward. The presentations can be viewed at Runway360.cfda.com.

While the official NYFW schedule goes from Feb. 14 through Feb. 17, there are numerous designers who are showing their lines before and after the  event. For instance, Zero + Maria Cornejo will present today, Kozaburo will present Feb. 10, Prabal Gurung will show Feb. 11, Ulla Johnson will show Feb. 12 and R13 will present Feb. 13.
After NYFW,  Christian Cowan and Gabriela Hearst will present Feb. 18, Carolina Herrera will show Feb. 22 (subject to change), Coach 1941 will show Feb. 23, Christian Siriano on Feb. 25, Oscar de la Renta is on the schedule for March 2, Altuzarra is March 3, Thom Browne is March 5, Laquan Smith is March 9 and Jonathan Cohen is April 15. In many cases, these American designers will show during periods that will overlap with the fashion weeks in London, Milan and Paris, presenting a potential global collision of timeslots.

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As for the official NYFW schedule, Jason Wu will kick it off Feb. 14 at 5 p.m., followed by Imitation of Christ at 6 p.m.
Those showing on Feb. 15 include Adam Lippes and Veronica Beard (Lippes is doing private appointments all day and Beard is releasing a look book), Victor Li (who kicks it off at 9 a.m.), followed by Private Policy, Snow Xue Gao, Chocheng, Victor Glemaud, Adeam, Maisie Wilen, PH5, Kuon, Aknvas, Duncan, Geoffrey Mac and Libertine, who closes the day at 7 p.m..
Also on Feb. 15 is New York Men’s Day, which was created by Agency PR and, as reported, will include men’s and gender-fluid designers such as A.Potts, Carter Young, Chelsea Grays, Federico Cina, Ka Wa Key, Koh T, Onyrmrk, Stan, Teddy Vonranson, The Stolen Garment and Timo Weiland, showing from noon to 2 p.m.
The lineup for Feb. 16 includes Staud, Anna Sui, Badgley Mischka, Keenkee, Tanya Taylor, Kimberly Goldson, Rebecca Minkoff, Dur Doux, Sandy Liang, Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet, Dennis Basso, No Sesso, Dirty Pineapple, Anne Klein, Naeem Khan, Kevan Hall Designs,  Frederick Anderson, VeniceW and ending with Claudia Li at 7:30 p.m.
The Feb. 17 schedule spotlights such designers as Rosetta Getty, C+Plus Series, Bevza, LBV, Collina Strada, Bibhu Mohapatra, NIHL, Jonathan Simkhai, Mr. Saturday, Cinq a Sept, Sukeina, Social Work Studio, Studio One Eighty Nine, Theophilio, Rentrayage, Nicole Miller, Kim Shui, LRS,  and Willy Chavarria, with Tom Ford capping off NYFW at 7 p.m.

Steven Kolb, chief executive officer of the CFDA, said Wednesday, “The New American Collections Calendar was positively embraced by the industry and the feedback we received commended the CFDA for the fresh approach to scheduling. At the same time, as we knew would be the case, there is a strong group of designers from emerging to established showing officially during New York Fashion Week, which provides the foundation of the American Collections Calendar, and most of them will show through our Runway360 platform. Given the continued challenges due to the pandemic, this will again be a digital season with the majority of the brands releasing their new collections through creative videos and look books.”
Discussing the show calendar and Runway360 last week, Kolb said, “You’ll see some brands returning that haven’t been on a calendar for a while, you’ll see some new brands, you’ll see the continued engagement of more diversity. What’s so powerful about Runway360 is open access. We’re supporting emerging talent, it has global reach, and it’s flexible. You can be a brand that has a budget and makes a movie, or you can get a studio and livestream with no audience, and you can be a brand that asks your friend to come over to your apartment, put them in your clothes and ask a neighbor to shoot a look book.” He said brands can spend as little or as much as they want.
As reported, IMG, which owns NYFW: The Shows, will be using Spring Studios as the central location of activity. IMG plans to support designers with opportunities such as live-to-tape runway shows, content and look book shoots, panel discussions, talks, social activations and e-commerce, viewable at NYFW.com.
Among those having live events, Wu’s presentation on Feb. 15 will be a socially distanced show with a limited, by-appointment audience being produced by IMG Focus, IMG’s in-house production arm. Wu’s show will be livestreamed on NYFW.com. Minkoff will be showing her collection at the Spring Studios Terrace on Feb. 16 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The invitation states, “Please note we are working with the New York State Governor’s Office and IMG to ensure CDC compliance and proper safety measure are being taken this season. We will require face masks and temperature checks upon entry to the event, and will also limit the capacity to 16 guests within the space at one time to ensure social distancing.”
Several major New York designers such as Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Brandon Maxwell, Tommy Hilfiger, Christopher John Rogers, Pyer Moss and Tory Burch aren’t included on the “American Collections Calendar” calendar.
Calls to their representatives revealed some are planning to present their collections at another time, but haven’t disclosed when yet.
A spokeswoman for Tory Burch said, “We are working through our concept and while we do not have a set date for our fall 2021 launch yet we will likely not be ready to post for NYFW February. We are looking at dates after the Paris shows for the week of March 15.”
A Marc Jacobs spokesman said, “Marc is working on his next collection; however, there are no presentation details to share at this time.”
A Ralph Lauren spokesman said the company hasn’t revealed plans yet, and Kors and Brandon Maxwell spokespeople said they would release their plans at a later date. A spokeswoman for Rodarte said due to the current pandemic situation in Los Angeles, the brand will be selling the fall 2021 collection privately during February New York City market. In early March, it will launch the visual campaign and send images of the collection to press.
Hilfiger in January launched its fall 2021 season to wholesale and trade accounts. Its remote selling tools are available in more than nine countries in Europe, three in Asia and two in the Americas, according to Avery Baker, president and chief brand officer.
A new development for CFDA’s Runway360 is that Informa Markets Fashion, which hosts such fashion trade shows as Magic, Coterie, Project and MICAM Americas, has joined forces with CFDA, New York Men’s Day (NYMD) and e-commerce wholesale platform partner NuOrder for the launch of CFDA and NYMD at Coterie and Project Digital. The program, featuring a collection of designers showing on the Runway360 digital platform will give designers the opportunity to showcase their latest collections to Informa’s audience of buyers.
Project Digital, a classic and contemporary men’s wear digital marketplace, launched Jan. 15, while Coterie Digital, an elevated contemporary women’s wear digital marketplace, will launch Feb. 16, which is also introducing its second edition. The 20 designers participating in the program will showcase their fall 2021 collections as well as products available for immediate delivery through interactive and stoppable digital showrooms.
Kelly Helfman, commercial president of Informa Markets Fashion, said she was happy to partner with the CFDA and NYMD to shine a spotlight on this group of emerging and talented designers. “The fashion-forward consumer is anxiously craving what’s new and next at a rapidly increasing speed. We are dedicated to helping our retailers and buyers discover emerging trends and fresh brands, and most importantly, efficiently facilitating the connection needed to bring the unique products to brick-and-mortar or digital shelves quickly.”
“We are so excited and honored to facilitate the CFDA and NYMD brands exposure to retailers on the Project and Coterie digital marketplaces. It is our mission here at NuOrder to help brands and retailers come together seamlessly to be inspired and connect. This program will give retailers, worldwide, the ability to shop brands and place orders,” said Tommy Fazio, fashion director for NuOrder.
The brands on Project Digital  are Carter Young, The Stolen Garment, NIHL, Chelsea Grays, Timo Weiland, Private Policy, Federico Cina,  Studio 189, Victor Li, Ka Wa Key, Teddy Vonranson, Willy Chavarria and Koh T.
On Coterie Digital will be Aknvas, Jonathan Simkhai Standard, Tanya Taylor, Claudia Li, PH5, Frederick Anderson and Sukeina.
Project Digital, originally slated to run Jan. 19 to Feb. 15, will be extended to Feb.  22. Coterie will launch Feb. 16 and run through March 16. MICAM Americas, Informa Markets Fashion’s footwear event, launched on Jan. 19, alongside Project and will run until March 16, and Magic Digital  launched Feb. 1 and will run through March 1.

 VIEW THE AMERICAN COLLECTIONS CALENDAR HERE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)  
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Tom Ford, CFDA Chairman, Renames Show Schedule ‘American Collections Calendar’

Tom Ford, CFDA Chairman, Renames Show Schedule ‘American Collections Calendar’

Tom Ford, chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, sent out a letter to its membership this morning saying that the New York Fashion Week show schedule will be renamed the “American Collections Calendar.”
With a growing number of American designers showing their collections later in the season and sometimes outside of New York, whether that be in Europe, Asia, or other key markets, Ford wrote that the CFDA will now be including all American designers within the calendar and on Runway360, its digital platform, regardless of location or collection release date.
The CFDA hasn’t issued its show schedule yet for the upcoming February shows, but it has become increasingly apparent that many U.S. designers — such as Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch — are planning to present their collections later this season and not during NYFW, which is scheduled from Feb. 14 to 17.

In the letter, Ford wrote, “While the CFDA will continue to encourage American designers to show in New York during New York Fashion Week, we recognize the need for some to broaden their global visibility. In the past few years, many of our members have chosen to show in Europe, Asia, and other key markets and in many cases off-calendar. The events of the past year have only highlighted the need for flexibility within the fashion system.”

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Ford pointed out that the chief mission statement of the CFDA since its inception in 1962 has been to promote American fashion both domestically and abroad. “Now more than ever this is one of our primary goals. The world has changed dramatically since 1962 and achieving global brand recognition is key to securing success for American designers,” he wrote.
“To that end, the show schedule that is released by the CFDA each season will be renamed ‘American Collections Calendar,” he wrote. He said that the importance of New York Fashion Week will still remain a priority.
“This season, even more than last, will be a great challenge for all of us as the world grapples with an increasingly devastating pandemic and economic downturn. We at the CFDA are here to support you in any way that we can,” wrote Ford.
In making the decision, Steven Kolb, chief executive officer of the CFDA, told WWD that they have been looking at the upcoming market and saw the success of Runway360 last September, which was basically a virtual fashion week and a shortened three days.
“We got incredible response from buyers and editors who found the platform really easy, accessible, fluid and helpful,” said Kolb.
He said they knew that the COVID-19 crisis wasn’t going to be any better in February and was likely to be worse. “COVID-19 is raging and many countries are shut down, production chains shut down. This season, even more than last, we’re seeing designers are impacted. That resulted is an even greater need of flexibility around their collections and how they show,” said Kolb.
Steven Kolb  Lexie Moreland/WWD

He pointed out that last season, many designers didn’t show during that three-day period because of supply chain issues, or not being prepared because they couldn’t be in their studios. He said that holds true for a lot of companies again.

As the CFDA looked at that impact on this particular season, they started to think about how designers show collections. He said they acknowledged that even before the pandemic, designers chose not to show during fashion week or decided to show at a different location. They could be showing in Asia coinciding with a store opening, or showing with a special calendar event, such as an anniversary, he said. “We’d already seen American designers, before the pandemic, starting to show outside of fashion week or in other locations,” said Kolb.
In fact, when they conducted a study several years ago on the future of fashion week, the main finding was “Brands should do what is best for the brand.”
“Our mission is to globalize American fashion and to support American designers, big and small, throughout the year, and not just during fashion week. With that in mind, it really made sense to us to look at the market and collections bigger than just New York Fashion Week. That’s where we came up with Tom’s letter, and ‘American Collections,’ and that approach moving forward,” said Kolb.
He said the new calendar would embrace brands that show after NYFW because of supply chain issues, or to connect with a specific event, or a brand that’s on a European calendar, or showing in Asia, when they get back to live events.
“The ‘American Collections Calendar’ is really going to bring all the American shows and presentations together in that calendar. The heart of the ‘American Collections Calendar’ will always be New York Fashion Week. This is not about dismissing or abandoning NYFW. NYFW is the heart, it’s the soul, it’s the foundation of this new modern way of thinking which is really reflective of how the business is operating today,” said Kolb.
The  “American Collections Calendar” will come out twice a year. The fashion calendar continues as an online platform that is updated year-round, listing all fashion-related events in New York.
According to Kolb, NYFW from Feb. 14 to 17 will still feature emerging designers and known brands .
He was asked if a year from now, when hopefully things are better, would he want to encourage people to show in New York during NYFW?
“Yes, NYFW is the soul and heart and foundation of this new way of thinking. We are super excited about New York in September and where we might be with the vaccine roll-out and hopefully people will be vaccinated in the summer. We anticipate September NYFW as being important and creative. We’re acknowledging and supporting the brands that aren’t able to show in New York, or have a business strategy to show elsewhere either in time or location,” he said.
During the past few years, Gabriela Hearst, Thom Brown and Altuzarra have shown in Paris, Rodarte and Tom Ford have shown Los Angeles and Tommy Hilfiger has shown all over the world. “This is really aligning with the business strategy those brands see as business opportunities,” he said.
Kolb acknowledged that American fashion is a huge global business.
“When you have a fashion week in a city, there’s power in that. There’s power in the economy of that city, there’s power in the collectedness of brands showing together. ‘American Collections’ has really evolved in a big way in embracing the way designers are showing, and supporting them,” said Kolb.
Asked if they’ve run this by IMG, which owns NYFW: The Shows, Kolb said he doesn’t have to run anything by them. He said IMG is doing NYFW: The Shows, and CFDA is New York Fashion Week and is the fashion calendar. “We are the official scheduler and organizer of New York Fashion Week, and we’re extending that and growing that in now having the ‘American Collections Calendar.’ IMG has their own schedule,” he said.
He said a lot of IMG brands are on the CFDA calendar. “They [IMG] are very focused on producing events. They’re an entertainment company. We’re a not-for-profit organization that represents American fashion. We bought the fashion calendar from Ruth Finley, and we schedule  NYFW. We work with IMG during NYFW. We share schedules and support each other. What we’re talking about is furthering and strengthening the mission of the CFDA, which is supporting American designers in the global economy. Some of them will choose different times and different places to show.”
As for the upcoming NYFW, Kolb said he expects to have about the same amount or perhaps more brands participating than in September. Last September, 82 brands took part in Runway360. “The idea of a calendar release is not really necessary. When you have live shows, you have to release the schedule in advance, so people have to plan travel and logistical coordination. We want to take the time and really get things shored up, so people [designers] have time to confirm,” he said.
“We’re going to have a very fleshed-out schedule which we’ll be able to share early next week. You’ll see some brands returning that haven’t been on a calendar for a while, you’ll see some new brands, you’ll see the continued engagement of more diversity. What’s so powerful about Runway360 is open access, we’re supporting emerging talent, it has global reach, and it’s flexible. You can be a brand that has a budget and makes a movie, or you can get a studio and livestream with no audience, and you can be a brand that asks your friend to come over to your apartment, put them in your clothes and ask a neighbor to shoot a look book.”
He said brands can spend as little or as much as they want. Runway360 is also business-to-business. One can see a collection and move into a virtual showroom. “It’s going to be great,” said Kolb.

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