The year 2020 has been by far the most notable year during the millennial’s lifetime! So many vision boards and new years resolutions that didn’t get their chance to shine past March 2020. What’s more, insidious is how recreational and nightlife drained into oblivion as our economic and health leaders tackle COVID-19. One of those noteworthy events that were in question this year was New York Fashion Week (NYFW). One of the “Big 4” fashion events that are paramount for the international fashion industry.
After March 2020, articles began to emerge on whether they’ve experienced their last fashion week. Well, we come to bring good cheer as it’s back on and scheduled for production. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) released a confirmation that NYFW will be happening and is scheduled for September 14th-16th.
You may be wondering what, wait, hold on, isn’t this event usually a full week to the very least?
Yes, you’ve read that right. This year, New York Fashion week will not be a week after all – just three days!
Why and how are they able to pack this show’s women’s spring-summer 2021 event into three days?
According to CFDA Mark Beckham, Vice President of Marketing and Events, they can fit the same amount of shows into three days because of no need for travel time in between the shows. There will also be no live presentations with audiences.
Nevertheless, an abridged show is better than no show at all, right? So, the industry is hugely optimistic about the updated turn of events announced by the CFDA.
For those who are not fully known or are wondering what’s the big deal about another fashion show while COVID-19 still runs rampant, here’s a breakdown for you as to why this event has more economic influence than you know.
What is New York Fashion Week?
Besides being one of the four primary fashion weeks in the WORLD, it’s carried along with Paris, London, and Milan, as New York is one of the epicenter locations that brings together international fashion for 7-9 momentous days.
New York Fashion Week (NYFW) held in February and September of each year, is a semi-annual series of events, when international fashion collections are shown to buyers, the press, and the general public.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first fashion week! Throughout those years, decades of historical fashions from historical world events are recreated, redefined, and pushed toward creative limits that still influences today’s trends.
Fashions from the era of Louis XIV in France, to last year’s handwoven designs from Burkina Faso and Ghana, you see it all during fashion week.
New York Fashion Week started as a vision from Eleanor Lambert during WWII, recognizing that designers faced difficulties traveling out of the country and bringing European styles and trends to the United States. After the success of her first event named “Press Week,” it’s grown into today’s international exhibition showcasing the work of local designers from all over the world. How about that for an ambitious dream turned success story for inspiration?
New York Fashion Week Financial Influence.
According to the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress, fashion is a 1.2 trillion US dollar global industry, with more than $380 billion US dollars spent annually on fashion in the United States. Included in the fashion industry is everything from textile and apparel brands to wholesalers, importers, and retail, employing more than 1.8 million people in the United States. As the fashion industry influences social media, new business models, advanced manufacturing, and the changing of demographics, this industry holds its potential for years to come.
Local Talent Meets the Big Stage
New York Fashion Week event as a whole, has enabled local talent to be seen in front of financially-endowed buyers, famous celebrities, and high visibility on various social media channels. During a time of needed inclusivity, amid the Black Lives Matter Movement, more black designers have been recognized and encouraged to become center stage setting their mark in history.
- Victor Glemaud: @glemaud
- Christopher John Rogers: @christopherjohnrogers
- Slashed by Tia: @tiaadeloa
- Laquan Smith: @laquan_smith
- Romeo Hunte: @romeohunte
- Omar Salam: @s.u.k.e.i.n.a
- Sergio Hudson: @sergiohudson
- Orange Culture: @orangecultureng
- Fe Noel: @fenoel
As you can see, New York Fashion Week is engrained in our culture, creativity, and economy.
Let’s just say, it’s a big deal within the fashion industry for buyers, sellers, and all of the fashionistas in between.
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