The collections shown at New York Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter 2020 season were the last audience presentations before the pandemic turned the world on its head.
Now, exactly two years later, New York Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter season is back and we’re excited to see how our favourite emerging and established designers have evolved over the period, and of course provide all the inspiration we could ever need for our upcoming Autumn/Winter wardrobes.
With the apprehension of presenting a collection to a live audience after 18 months out of the way, we’re expecting the collections to be the full scale theatrics we’ve come to associate fashion week with.
Given that NYFW marks the start of the month-long global fashion tour that will take us across the Atlantic and two separate continents, all in the name of style, it makes sense that the schedule leaves nothing to be desired.
While there are some notable absences from the official schedule—mainly fashion’s favourite T(h)om’s, Browne and Ford—many designers will once again return to a physical runway format.
Australian darling Dion Lee will be amongst the designers who are presenting in real life shows, with New York favourites Proenza Schouler, Collina Strada, Peter Do and Tory Burch also opting for this model.
With a jam packed week of virtual presentations, in real life shows and exhibitions, we’ve rounded up below the designers you’ll want to keep an eye on during NYFW.
Sydney-native Dion Lee is finally returning to New York Fashion Week, and we couldn’t be more excited. Given Lee’s expert eye for androgynous apparel that reeks of sex appeal, we’re positive his cut-out corsets and sculpted silhouettes will be the coveted collection of the season.
Stuart Vevers is pioneering a streetwear revival for Coach, and we’re sure the brand will continue its youthful exploration of its New York heritage this season. With its unabashed ‘New Yorker’ attitude, we’re looking forward to seeing the label continue to traverse this new frontier.
Regardless of the season, Tory Burch continues to cement herself as a champion of New York excellence, because we know that no one does it like Manhattan. Given that Burch’s Spring/Summer 2022 show was reminiscent of an old-school downtown block party, we’re letting our mind run wild to what New York icon she’ll be tapping into for inspiration this season.
For a label that’s been in business for over 40 years, Michael Kors shows no sign of slowing. Given that most of Kors’ Autumn/Winter collections are an homage to New York nightlife, we’re sure that this collection will be no different. We’ve already got our dancing shoes on.
While Proenza Schouler has been a mainstay on New York’s style scene since its debut, its recent collections have been somewhat of a reintroduction of what we’ve come to love about the brand. Honestly, it’s refreshing to see a label resist the urge to embrace trends, rather staying true to what makes the contemporary womenswear label so covetable.
For an emerging brand, Peter Do certainly knows how to generate hype. Despite Do only ever presenting one collection in front of an audience, he’s already become an industry heavyweight with his simplistic colour palette and timeless silhouettes, a refreshing palate cleanser against the hustle and bustle of New York.
Although Alexander McQueen isn’t officially on the schedule, the brand has announced they’ll be hosting their Autumn/Winter 2022 show in New York on March 15. Sarah Burton’s Spring/Summer collection took the brand to new heights (literally), and with an exceptionally stylish crowd that included Naomi Campbell and Emilia Clarke, we’re sure this show will exceed every expectation.