Everything to Watch for at New York Fashion Week

by Joanne Xu

As the original fashion blogger herself, Carrie Bradshaw once said, “Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future… This is known as Fashion Week.”

This year will prove to be no different, as we watch new creative leads launch their opening debuts, other designers take their last NYFW bows (what’s with the mass exodus, by the way?), and still some aiming to poise themselves as the next rising stars. Before the twelve-day saga begins, here’s your complete breakdown to everything NYFW noteworthy:

For the first time ever, men’s and women’s shows will be consolidated into one consecutive schedule. Perhaps this is intended to help the men’s shows, who usually debut their newest collections during their own “week,” to attract more press attention or possibly because someone finally realized there’s no need for two separate fashion weeks in the same city. The men’s shows will commence on Monday, February 5 and end promptly as the women’s shows take the stage on Thursday, February 8.

Alexander Wang’s influencer-studded #WangFest from Spring/Summer 2018 | Photo Credits: Janita Autio

#WangFest and #NYFW are no longer synonymous, as Alexander Wang becomes the most recent design house to announce their withdrawal from New York Fashion Week in favor of a June/December showing schedule instead. According to guest speakers at a CFDA x Launchmetrics panel last week, younger brands see greater potential in adhering to a June/December schedule, where designers are able to thoroughly curate their collections without sacrificing time or quality. As Vogue put it, “it will eliminate the need for four collections per year but will also leave room for more collaborations and partnerships. In other words, his fans will be able to get more stuff more often.”

Wang certainly isn’t the only big-name brand to opt out of NYFW. If you haven’t noticed by now, past regulars Proenza Schueler and Rodarte are missing from the official schedule as well. What does this mean for the fate of NYFW? In other words, if this mass exodus continues on, how long can NYFW remain truly viable? We will all just have to wait and see.

Marchesa co-designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig at Spring/Summer 2018 | Photo Credits: Getty Images

Marchesa has left the fashion week building, the fashion house confirmed after rumors circulating their exit had reached an all-time high. A source close to designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman (Harvey Weinstein’s soon-to-be ex-wife) says that the printing of Marchesa in the official NYFW schedule was simply a typo, considering the fact that the brand is a regular at fashion week. In a statement issued by a Marchesa spokesperson, the house announced that it will instead be presenting a “digital presentation” soon (whatever that means).

As for if the brand will benefit or suffer from this sudden departure from NYFW, only time will tell. One thing’s for sure – with Marchesa’s unfortunate ties to the most hated man in Hollywood right now, it surely won’t be the worst thing to continue to wait out this nightmare of a scandal.

Runways no more? Other designers are opting for a sequence of smaller presentations, taking a page from designer Lela Rose’s notebook and showing their collections in more casual, cocktail-esque settings. All we’re saying is we’d prefer a brunch-hour garden party to just another runway any day. •

Check out more official coverage from NYFW 2018 here.


Joanne Xu is a part-time college kid slash full-time fashion enthusiast from Frisco, Texas. She currently serves as the Communications Director at Spark and loves it so much she might just make a career out of it. If needed, you can find her in the corner of a bustling coffee shop furiously writing away on her laptop while admiring the eclectic people of Austin.

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