New York Fashion Week is officially upon us, and with a growing number of designers from Proenza Schouler, Altuzarra, Thom Browne to Rodarte leaving to host their presentations in Paris, and others opting out from the traditional fashion calendar, it is getting rather tricky to keep track of all the new changes going on at Fashion Week, especially for the New York shows. Which is why, as we start counting down the hours to the start of Fall/Winter 2018 New York Fashion Week, we’ve rounded up some of the new changes you can expect to see in the coming days. Scroll down to find out what they are.
It’s been only three months since Harvey Weinstein — now-estranged husband of Marchesa‘s co-founder Georgina Chapman — hit headlines with a sexual harassment scandal, and it appears that Chapman is (understandably) still suffering from the aftermath of it all. She’s recently announced her decision to forgo her planned runway show on 14 February, and will instead, debut the latest collection in a digital format.
There’s been rising concerns regarding the mistreatment of models following incidents including abuse during castings and reports of sexual misconduct and assault against fashion photographers, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is working to take extra steps in protecting the models and their welfare. Other than issuing a list of safety recommendations for industry professionals ahead of NYFW, the council has also recently announced its partnership with Model Alliance to provide private changing areas backstage.
Alexander Wang has announced his plans to break away from the conventional fashion calendar after his Fall/Winter 2018 runway presentation this month. Instead, he will present his collections (along with his much-loved #WangFest) in New York in June and December, so as to align more closely with the pre-collection schedule.
Instead of hosting her presentations at the social-media-friendly restaurants and garden parties she’s known for, Lela Rose is going to debut her latest collection via an ‘Instagram show’ starring 10 of her favourite influencers and style stars. On 8 February, these 10 style stars will each style and model a look from the collection, and share it on their respective Instagram accounts for the internet to see.