New York Fashion Week Returned with Socially Distant and Virtual Events

September is the month for fashion. Typically, designers preview new looks for the upcoming year’s spring and summer lines. In print, fashion magazines also take the lead at inspiring us through editorials. As the fashion industry changes, brands are no longer sticking to the traditional fashion calendar. Now as we get adjusted to the new normal, this year’s fashion week was an example of that. This week was completely different from what we have ever seen before. This NYFW Spring/Summer 2021 leads the industry with a mix of virtual events, digital announcements, and in-person socially distant events.

NYFW Produced Quality Shows and Adjusted to the New Normal

The Jason Wu collection kicked off NYFW with an in-person fashion show, and Harlems Fashion Row, an organization aimed at empowering minority designers, held their first digital event and fashion showcase. These fashion designers included Kristian Loren, Richfresh and Kimberly Goldson. Besides showcasing these minority designers, they also recognized minority leaders in the fashion industry. Kerby Jean Raymond, Jason Rembert, and celebrity guests like Tracey Ellis Ross were some of the leaders included.

Following the HFR digital event, American Designers began to show their latest collections. Over 70 percent of the shows were digital presentations. Many of these designers released their NYFW content on Runway 360, a 2020 digital platform created by the CFDA in response to connecting fashion and the digital world. The CFDA provided highlights, live runway presentations, and fashion articles. American Designers were able to find a way to create relatable spring/summer 2021 Ready-to-Wear collections and produce quality shows.


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Spring/Summer 2021 Trends and Notable Designers

From looking into the collections shown in NYFW, one of the main trends you see is mixed prints. With every spring/summer collection, you can expect trends such as florals and brights colors. However, mixed prints are a trend that also continues to come back. As we move through this new normal, designers are trying to create a bright and optimistic look for spring. Mixed prints do just that by bringing a unique, outgoing and unconventional look to your wardrobe.

During the fashion shows, the CFDA also announced the winners of their notable CFDA awards. The 2020 CFDA winners can be seen as the most diverse winning poll they have ever had. The CFDA has always received backlash for being one-sided in their nominations and winners. This year, they recognized more minority designers than ever before.

Kerby Jean Raymond – Menswear Designer of the year
Telfar – Accessory designer of the year
Kim Jones for Dior – Global Menswear Designer.
Gabriela Hearst – Womenswear designer
Pierpaolo Piccilio For Valentino – Global Womenwear designer.

2020 has introduced a numerous amount of new obstacles for the fashion industry. NYFW found a way to simultaneously bring in the new normal with designers. Of course, we missed notable American designers like Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren. However, we understand that designers are still learning to pivot for their fashion schedules and collections. Fashion weeks are a staple piece in the fashion industry, and NYFW did what they could to combine the two. London Fashion Week is the next fashion week starting on September 18th, with more notable designers like Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Kane, and JW Anderson. As we move through this new normal, one thing is for certain—fashion weeks have changed forever.