After two virtually virtual seasons due to restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic, New York Fashion Week anticipates a ‘major return’ of in-person shows and designers at its next version, to be held Sept. 8-12.
Tom Ford, who chairs the Council of Fashion Designers of America. (CFDA), an organizing body of the runway, announced Monday that he will present his own spring 2022 collection and assured that the ‘roster of talent will be strong, with designers returning to the Week and, in some cases, to New York’.
The designer considered the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) an ‘opportunity to reaffirm the resilience’ of the sector and the city as ‘global fashion forces’.
Closing the event will be the Met Gala, which this year was moved from the traditional first Monday in May to September 13 and will be dedicated to the exhibition ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’ , which will raise funds for the Metropolitan Museum of New York’s Costume Institute, coinciding with its 75th anniversary.
‘With the current signs of progress in the pace of vaccinations and the strategic and gradual reopening of New York, as well as its tangible awakening, we look forward to a strong fashion season celebrating the best of U.S. fashion, in physical and digital presentation formats,’ CFDA’s top executive, Steven Kolb, previewed a few weeks ago.
The Big Apple is in full reopening for a summer in which it hopes to recover its tourism, and for the month of September plans to raise the curtain on Broadway, the last and most important cultural piece of the city, so a more presential NYFW is aligned with that return to normality.
Despite everything, the New York catwalk launched during the pandemic and with a vocation of permanence a digital platform, Runway360, in which designers, who have been opting for their own dates and formats, can present catalogs, promotional videos or ‘streamings’.
In general, there are fewer and fewer veteran designers at the event, such as Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs, who have joined the flight of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger or Ralph Lauren in recent years, while the fashion showcase brings together more emerging brands with an emphasis on diversity.