New York Fashion Week’s Big Bang- or not? 

Noopur Rajguru

Saloni Hariyani

The New York fashion week estimating the net worth of $887 million was a rather simple affair this year. The fashion week, amid the pandemic, was a blend of virtual and a very few physical shows with a restricted crowd with all the precautions in mind. It barely lasted a week while most of it didn't take place in New York. The entire thing seemed urgent. No celebs packing the front row. No paparazzi chasing models down the streets. No bedazzled crowds.

The worldwide pandemic lockdown postponed delayed manufacturing and prompted a huge number of retractions, so only a few brands presented and had a multitude of cancellations, which led some brands to offer up teasers for collections that weren't ready until the end of the month. Bigger brands like Michael Kors took a different road and didn't show until this month while Marc Jacobs is passing on the season completely. Only a small amount of designers chose to show their spring assortments in-person to an audience. They include Jason Wu, Rebecca Minkoff and Christian Siriano. Various top designers, however, have quit completely. 

Other significant names not taking an interest are Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Tory Burch. Many have chosen to show later in the year, or an alternate setup.

Notwithstanding these constraints and obstacles, the designers are determined to commend innovativeness. Some had their collections online with still photos or with artsy films joined by soundtracks of verse and sedate music. For spring 2021, the designers perceive that shoppers are presently acquainted with comfort in their day to day work clothing. However, nobody has abandoned style, on the joys of sprucing up. They said 'This is not the sweatpants season.'

 “We thought it was sort of important to send a signal of, we’re open for business,” said Leslie Russo . But rather than a road sign promoting creators and brands, “we’re thanking the essential workers.”

“Ultimately fashion is a business, and Fashion Week is a platform for designers to do business,” said Steven Kolb to The Standard. “So this is about jobs ... it’s about people’s livelihoods. It’’s about moving forward, but cautiously, with safety in mind.”

While the current year's show didn't really bring something astounding, a few designers utilised the digital platforms to share messages of activism and empowerment. NBA player Carmelo Anthony launched a streetwear collection in support with the black community. Hillary Taymour auctioned off 11 T-shirts to raise money for trans sex workers. The advanced shows had a significant impact when it came to the imagination for the designers as it flaunted their inventive abilities on a greater range. While the shows may have been incredible, they felt rushed. The style and the plans felt quieting and trendy however they did not have the awing components.

No designer did a live show more strongly than Christian Siriano, who spent a significant part of the spring delivering masks for first responders. He welcomed visitors to the lush real estate encompassing his cutting edge home in Westport, Conn., an hour's drive outside of the city. A solitary line of seats, separated at a sheltered separation, wound over the glade. A little lake embellished with splendidly shaded blossoms shaped the highlight around which the models strolled. Baskets, loaded up with tea sandwiches, treats, bubbly and hand sanitizer, anticipated every visitor, alongside masks bearing the appeal, "Vote." Some visitors showed up spruced up like they had gone to the Met Gala as opposed to an extra-huge patio. The performer Billy Porter, festooned in a bedazzling pantsuit and side-inclined cap, filled in as an update that design lives- even at this point. Siriano discovered motivation in his marathon watching of "Troop Beverly Hills” and "The Wizard of Oz" during the lockdown. He filled what he called collection 37 with tomato red party dresses, daylight yellow gowns canvassed in blossoms and colossal crinoline-lined ball gowns for occasions that may not occur for an exceptionally significant time-frame due to the current pandemic.

“I like to make these clothes. It’s what makes me feel good and I haven’t felt good in six months,” Siriano said after his show. “I thought, I’m going to do what I love. I’m going to do a show. I’m going to transport everybody and take them out of the things that have been bothering them for a while. Fantasy for 20 minutes.”

In the midst of the Covid pandemic, numerous things have been compelled to go virtual, from small celebrations to weddings and as of late, Fashion Weeks – and things simply weren't the same. It's sobering to consider what amount has changed in a couple of months. Designers had the option to remember an announcement about their assortment for their online profiles, similarly as they frequently do in presents at an in-person show, however. They couldn't reinvigorate that story as much through a screen, particularly since few out of every odd planner picked to utilize video to exhibit their collection. 

Anna Sui had the option to make one of her capricious universes of design through the video that hyped the themes she examined in her announcement, where she addressed the pandemic and what home meant to her: "comfort, security, the smells of delectable meals and desserts being made with care"

“The Heartland collection is full of what we need now – comfortable, locally made, versatile pieces without a lot of fuss,” Sui wrote online. 

In the video, she fused a little gathering of models (with some wearing masks as a component of their looks!), music and a vivid set to showcase an excursion story, finishing toward the end with the models all presenting bits of pie. Sui said that from the start, she was unable to try and envision assembling a collection, given what was occurring on the planet and its expanding influence on the business. 

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” the designer said in an interview. “I’ve been in business a really long time, through 9/11 and then (the financial crisis of) 2008. But this is really, really seismic. It’s kind of broken our whole system.”

“We’re just all wondering, who IS going to be buying?” she added. “Who is going to be wanting new merchandise? And will we ever see orders like we used to? Not only have the stores changed, but the consumer has changed.”


“There were way too many seasons, way too much merchandise,” Sui said. “So I think this (gives) everybody a chance to put themselves on pause and kind of rethink how they were doing it.”

“I know it’s been a struggle for not just our industry, but so many industries,” the designer adds. “And it’s going to be a while before things get normal if they even get normal again. ”


Badgley Mischka used a flawless, enormous mansion to catch a video film of their designs in gardens, on overhangs and beyond – crossing past where seats would have been set up for an in-person runway. 

In spite of the fact that they were among the most limited recordings, Alice + Olivia and Cynthia Rowley included some fun by fusing moves into their NYC-based clasps. Yet, the recordings couldn't exactly catch the enchantment of seeing the shows live. In spite of the fact that the brand used numerous points to attempt and grandstand the looks, the subtleties, including all the surface and sequins, weren't as splendid on my PC screen contrasted and how these components got my attention face to face. 


As expected, there were additionally a few functional challenges consistently.


With all that being stated, there were a few advantages to things being virtual: no hurrying from show to show, not getting trapped in terrible weather while holding up in line to get in, no crunching together elbow-to-elbow close to somebody while watching the shows.  One would have wanted to be at Spring Studios watching these plans sparkling down the runway before my eyes, it was unquestionably not worth the danger of spreading the Covid and intensifying this effectively unfortunate pandemic. 

So cheers to the planners doing as well as they possibly can, particularly the individuals who put in the push to attempt to convey on the future collections face to face – just if it's safe again.