What to Expect at New York Fashion Week
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What to Expect at New York Fashion Week

February 10, 2022 Share

The fashion world will be turning to New York this week as it prepares for a slew of events during the six-day New York Fashion Week.

The upcoming event, which will take place from February 11 to 16, will feature both physical and digital showcases, with this edition of NYFW also including activations for emerging designers, industry discussions, and immersive exhibitions.

This season will also see the 17th edition of New York Men’s Day, sponsored for the first time by Perry Ellis, which is relaunching the Perry Ellis America line.

Everything you need to know about NYFW AW22 is outlined below.

NYFW: The Shows

What designers will be at New York Fashion Week?

On Thursday, January 13, the CFDA and IMG announced the New York schedule, revealing the names of over 100 designers whose collections would be showcased virtually or physically for the upcoming season. Proenza Schouler will kick off the week, with The Blonds closing it.

Favourites including Michael Kors, Dion Lee, Jason Wu, Christian Siriano, Carolina Herrera, Khaite, Tory Burch, Coach, LaQuan Smith, and more have secured coveted in-person runways.

But that’s not all: there will be presentations and digital collections featuring Anna Sui, Prabal Gurung, Jonathan Simkai, Helmut Lang, and Area, among others.

Melke, Saint Sinatra, Dauphinette, and Jody Turner are among the newcomers on the schedule.

Michael Kors at his spring 2022 ready-to-wear show.

Which designers aren’t participating?

Due of the pandemic, Tom Ford, undoubtedly one of the most well-known designers in the United States, announced on January 24 that his runway show will no longer go ahead.

Ford said in a statement that he was ‘incredibly disappointed’ to opt out of NYFW altogether.

“We have struggled internally over the past month with many of our staff out with Covid in our design studio and atelier in Los Angeles as well as in our factories in Italy. We have tried everything possible to avoid canceling our New York show but ultimately are faced with the sad fact that we will simply not have a completed collection in time….” Ford said.

Ford will instead release the collection in the form of a digital look book at a later date.

Zendaya and Tom Ford at the CFDA Fashion Awards (photo via Instagram: @tomford)

Thom Browne also revealed on Jan. 26 that he is pushing his fashion week show to April 29. He also delayed his presentation due to COVID-19.

According to the official NYFW calendar, Rodarte and Monse are not scheduled for runway shows either.

What are the health and safety measures for New York Fashion Week?

Anyone attending NYFW will need to provide evidence of having had the COVID-19 vaccination, just like last season.

What about Meta?

From Hanifa’s digitally produced show to Carolina Sarrias’ virtual catwalk on Animal Crossing, the pandemic spawned plenty of innovative methods to exhibit fashion online. Will fashion’s digital preoccupation endure when events with in-person guests resume?

Maisie Wilen, a young designer, is adopting a phygital approach to her AW22 collection, collaborating with Yahoo on a virtual installation that will launch on February 12 at 5 p.m. Wilen’s latest collection will be worn by the first of their kind holograms, bringing the digital into a physical space in a new way.

Meanwhile, interest in NFTs continues to grow, and we’re beginning to wonder how long it will be until NFT sneakers become the star of a NYFW show.

When is New York Men’s Day?

New York Men’s Day is taking place on February 11 for its 17th edition.

The designers participating are Atelier Cillian, Clara Son, Nicholas Raefski, A. Potts, William Frederick, Stan, Teddy Vonranson and The Academy New York. New York Men’s Day will be hosted at Canoe Studios. The brands will also deliver a digital look book of their fall 2022 collections on the CFDA’s Runway360 platform, as well as the in-person presentations.

How can I watch New York Fashion Week fall 2022 shows?

While New York Fashion Week will continue to be held at Spring Studios and other sites across Manhattan, individuals outside of the city may watch most of the events online.

Many designers will stream their runways on their individual social media channels, as they have in previous years. Many of the shows will also be livestreamed on NYFW.com and accessible via Runway360.

For the complete schedule, check out the Council Fashion of American Designers NYFW schedule here