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    Get ready for New York Fashion Week!

    The world feels like a gloomy place. Worldwide, people do their best to bring about some sense of normality due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With home and work-life being negatively affected, it was no surprise to find fashion week under threat.

    A shortened schedule

    Earlier this year, before Coronavirus hit big time, we saw the first New York Fashion Week of 2020 take place between February 6th and the 13th.  Most of the big names were present and we were left with some fantastic new ideas to take us forward.

    But what about outfits to come for later this year? The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have decided that the schedule will be shortened, fitting the whole event into just three days – from September 14th to the 16th, with an option to run over into the 17th if there is sufficient interest.

    Nevertheless, why such a short schedule? This is because the show will not be live with an audience. With no travelling between shows, the same amount of presentations will take up less time.  If this works well, it may be rolled forward for future fashion weeks, although no final decision has been made.

    Because of the pandemic, some designers may choose not to appear for financial reasons. Sadly, this includes two very popular designers, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors, who have both confirmed their absence in September.  To help the designers that do take part, the CFDA will provide them with digital resources. 

    What’s to come on the runway?

    So with September New York Fashion Week confirmed, what new styles and designs could we expect to see on the runway? That is yet to be seen, but let’s cast our minds back to February’s show to take some inspiration from designers in attendance:

    Mark Jacobs

    We may not be seeing him in September but in February, we saw A-line coats, crewnecks, straight-leg trousers and mini-dresses with tights.

    Check out the Wandering I online store here for your own take on some of the styles:

    In a soft knit material, this LA Casual Rib Knit Dress looks fabulous with tights.

    Michael Kors

    Delving into both day and night, we saw checked suits, midi skirts and pleated skirts. Add bodysuits and high-legged boots and you had a wonderfully diverse mix, with no high-heels in sight!

    Check out the Wandering I online store here for your own take on some of the styles:

    Here the Milan Pleated Skirt shows just how fabulous midi skirts with pleats can look.

    Marina Moscone

    Definitely a hint of the 70's in this range. Forget blazing ‘groovy’ prints and instead look at simplicity and a new take on glamour.

    Check out the Wandering I online store here for your own take on some of the styles:

    This 70’s style Seoul Split Tunic Dress is a perfect mix of glamorous simplicity.


    Here the roots were definitely in Gothic. Gowns were cut on the bias and hand-painted. Scarves accessorised, draped, and added beautifully ethereal final additions. The sisters described their clothing as something one would wear, “…. to walk out into the unknown.”

    Check out the Wandering I online store here for your own take on some of the styles:

    This London Silk Maxi Dress has all that you need to make your outfit look ethereal and Gothic.

    Gabriela Hearst

    It may be difficult to believe that a collection could be made from waste products, but this is what Gabriela Hearst set out to do.  “When you put parameters around creativity, it becomes more focused,” she said.  Her focus on sustainability filtered through well into her collection. She made it clear that the focus should be on using existing resources rather than constantly creating new ones.

    Check out the Wandering I online store here for your own take on some of the styles:

    This New York Plastic Eco-Friendly Bag makes a real statement when it comes to sustainability.

    Proenza Schouler

    The move here was away from soft draping longer lengths and towards short, sharp and shapely. As McCollough explained, the runway display began with the idea of, “….finding beauty in a world that’s unravelling.”

    Check out the Wandering I online store here for your own take on some of the styles.

    We just love the short, sharp and shapely good looks of this Paris Skirt

    Collina Strada

    The fabulous thing about the February show was that the audience was happy. Everyone had a smile on their face, showing just how good the clothes were. The Collina Strada range also focused on sustainability but in a much more light-hearted way. Her clothes were optimistic and casual, with prints and colours deliberately layered to clash.

    Check out the Wandering I online store here for your own take on some of the styles:

    There can be no better take on the Collina Strada style than these LA Colourblock Casual Pants that shout optimistic and casual.

    Tory Burch

    The Tory Burch collection explored the world of tailoring, but thankfully, no women in suits. Instead, think high-neck Edwardian style jackets and narrow leg trousers. Boots were everywhere, some with embroidered designs.

    Check out the Wandering I online store here for your own take on some of the styles:

    Who would not adore this high-neck Paris Faux Fur Long Sleeve Top

    Christopher John Rogers

    Rogers’ strawberry-shaped waist was back, being one of his top sellers. Plenty of long draped dresses and full maxi skirts followed with pops of bright colours.

    Check out the Wandering I online store here for your own take on some of the styles:

    This Las Vegas Organic Cotton Maxi Skirt is a maxi skirt that flows wonderfully with great use of colour.

    Tom Ford

    The Tom Ford range was extremely wearable and full of simple styling. Any glamorous looks that prevailed were incredibly laid back. His description of the collection was, “…..chic, possibly slightly stoned, and very sensual.” He quoted his inspiration as being taken from an old 1967 photograph of two people sharing a cigarette.

    Check out the Wandering I online store here for your own take on some of the styles:

    We took Tom’s description of his collection and came up with this stunning New York Vintage Dress – truly chic and sensual.

    How will Covid-19 affect the NYFW show?

    It’s fair to say that this September’s New York Fashion Week (NYFW) will be like no other. The show will go on, only subject to the Phase Four reopening of New York City. Health and safety precautions are going to be rife, particularly at the host venue, Spring Studios. Attendees can get ready to experience temperature checks as well as the ‘must wear’ face and eye shields for makeup and hair artists. Hand sanitizer will be the name of the game with cleaning stations spread throughout the venue. Not only employees but also attendees will have to wear facemasks. To make the most of outdoor space, Spring Studios is making use of its rooftop space. Designers will be able to use it to live-stream their shows.

    However, without live models on the catwalk, how will the NYFW show be presented? The physical is likely to be replaced with the digital. Expect anything from original films, pop-up shops, live-streamed productions, presentations and immersive runway shows. Since the pandemic put the world on hold, New York City has not held any major fashion shows.  Even with the show going ahead, some feel it will just not feel the same without the likes of Michael Kors, Gabriela Hearst, and Marc Jacobs. These designers have already confirmed that they will not be present at the September show in New York. Others may yet still follow.

    Why we still love NYFW

    However, with much going on in the world in general, much of it negative, why do we still love NYFW so much? Maybe it’s because fashion provides us with an element of release, a way of getting in touch with our creative side. Whilst some may see fashion as being frivolous, keeping that fashion world going is all part of keeping industry turning. Think of all the people involved in fashion; the manufacturers as well as the designers, and you can see that even fashion has economical overtones. However, with many designers looking towards sustainability and recycling, the whole fashion remit is still very exciting.

    Just because the current times we live in are tough, it would be wrong to dismiss New York Fashion Week out of hand, labelling it decadent, wasteful and extravagant. Fashion has always been and will continue to be, transient and ever-changing. NYFW gives the fashion world a chance to put its stamp on the calendar, garnering the attention of the world over and above the doom and gloom of the pandemic. It is as inspiring as it is motivational. Even the fashion designers have been hit by the damaging Covid-19 but are managing to keep going, showing the rest of us that it is possible.

    The future’s looking bright

    Meanwhile, we may not have the live catwalks of NYFW to look forward to this autumn but we do have the digital version of it. And with online stores like Wandering I doing their best to provide us with affordable versions of the designer clothes we all admire so much, the future just began to look a little brighter.

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