A Fashion Week Of Many Curiosities
In many ways 2015 has been a year of surprises and upheavals in the fashion industry – from power moves to designer comebacks, from runway democratization to unexpected collaborations, it has been all about the next big surprise element to make the headlines.
The fashion year began with eventful Fall Winter 15 weeks across the fashion capitals – London, Paris, Milan and New York. To begin with, John Galliano made a much debated comeback with his debut collection for Maison Martin Margiela at London Fashion Week and effectively shut up the critics with a standout show. Paris Fashion Week had its share of dramatic moments, with the Zoolander cameo by Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson for Valentino and a much talked about Chanel Brasserie after last season’s supermarket show. At Milan Fashion Week, the talk of the hour was Alessandro Michele’s youthful debut collection for Gucci at the heels of Frida Giannini’s abrupt departure last year. New York runways witnessed an influx of dynamic young fashion with new entrants like Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow of Public School making a big bang. And who could forget Kanye West’s runway debut for his collaborative collection with Adidas! The trends from the fashion weeks packed a punch – the reverse androgyny and the peekaboo moments from Rick Owens’ men’s collection went viral and the seventies fashion revival swept the fashion world off its feet, gaining widespread momentum that has lasted through the year and is still going strong.
And the surprises didn’t end there. As we embark upon the fashion season again, beginning with the New York Fashion Week at a brand new location, there is much to look out for in terms of new faces (be it designers or models), anticipatory collections, exciting collaborations and the now familiar big splashes that can be expected at the SS’16 runways. Here is what you can expect to see at NYFW SS’16, 7 developments that have had us waiting for the runway action to commence with bated breath:
1. A New Location (Along with a new sponsor)
We have come to associate New York Fashion Week with the iconic Lincoln Center, the hallowed portals of which we have longed to enter and have fantasized about ever since the first season of Project Runway. But as is the case with fashion, it is all transitional. With the change of the title sponsor – Lexus instead of Mercedez-Benz, the venue has also changed and the new home of NYFW are now the twin locations: Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Sq. in Soho. Going by the pictures that have been making the rounds, the new venues seem to imbibe the edgy feel that has been sweeping the New York runways.
Behind The Scenes at NYFW Venue Setup (Image Courtesy NYFW Instagram)
2. The Givenchy Show Open To Public
New Yorkers are in for a treat this season: To mark the launch of the flagship Givenchy store in the city, Riccardo Tisci is presenting the house’s Spring ’16 show for the first time at NYFW – and all of New York City is invited, with 820 tickets made available to the public at large! In all, 1,200 people will watch the show from a raised viewing platform, separate from the regular glitterati bearing the usual engraved invites. A pretty revolutionary move we say, and one in keeping with the egalitarian spirit Tisci has long expressed.
Givenchy SS 16 Show Invite (Image Courtesy: www.givenchynyfw15.com)
3. The Headlining Collaborations
While we are quite excited about the different designers showing this time, what has got us more excited is the many collaborations that are debuting at NYFW, starting with a preview of as wearable tech diffusion collection by Zac Posen on Tuesday to kick off fashion week. Designed in collaboration with Google, this is a collection that seems to have achieved the near impossible – wearable technology that is also fashionable. Another collaboration that we are quite excited about is the Novis x Malone Souliers footwear collection, that going by the sketches is outrageously unwearable and consequently, all the more coveted!
Backstage at Zac by Zac Posen SS 16 Preview (Image Courtesy: Oh So Coco)
4. Shows To Watch Out For
So we have already spoken about the Givenchy show the news of which going public has been making the fashion rounds since last week. However there are a few other names we are quite excited about, and are waiting to see what comes out of their sartorial hats this time around. To begin with, we are quite intrigued to see what will Alexander Wang’s SS16 collection from his eponymous label be like, ahead of his last collection for Balenciaga later this year. And we are also quite keen on finding out the fate of the heritage brands trying to make a comeback this season, beginning with Brooks Brothers on the opening day. But most of all we are curious to find out the fate of DKNY in the young hands of the Public School duo, Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow.
DKNY Promotional Poster With Public School Duo (Image Courtesy: Mr-mag.com)
5. The New Names
Fall 2015 was a good season for new talent in New York, with the last edition of the NYFW putting promising young labels including Charles Youssef, Gabriella Hearst, Collina Strada, Naadam and Achtland on the international radar. This time around, we are expecting a lot of young fashion talent at the New York runways. A few names we are especially excited about, going by the recent media speculations, are Kaelen Haworth (with an already impressive clientele including Blake Lively and Mindy Kaling), the ‘loose luxury’ label Baja East and the new menswear entrant Orley.
Baja East Preview Look (Image Courtesy: Elle.com)
6. The Models
Talking about the models, the SS’16 edition of NYFW seems to have a lot of surprises in store. After Jack Eyers made history earlier in the year to be the first amputee model to walk the runway, the organizers of NYFW have gone a step further this time around in a truly democratic model selection by casting trans models for the shows including Andreja Pejic, a name now famous in fashion circles for her work with Make Up Forever. And with rumors of Caitlyn Jenner walking for Givenchy gaining hold, it is a herald of a new fashion dawn at NYFW. In related news, we are also curious to know if Cara Delevingne will return to the runway after all, ahead of her earlier decision to quit modelling for good.
Andreja Pejic at Melbourne Fashion Festival 15 (Image Courtesy: Daily Mail Australia)
7. The Front Row
Last season North West’s front row tantrum was the major social news from NYFW and so were the repeated Kim-Kanye sightings with good friend Tisci, Anna Wintour and other fashion stalwarts. The Kardashian-Jenner front row overhaul seems to be continuing this season as well with rumors of a Kanye West runway repeat making the rounds, as are the speculations of Caitlyn Jenner walking the ramp. But apart from the Kardashian clan, we are quite curious to see who will grace the Front Row this time around!
Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, North West and Anna Wintour at NYFW FW 15 (Image Courtesy: People)
With so much to look forward to, we for one are going to be glued to the live streams from Fashion Week. You can catch all the latest action, live runway shows and important fashion week updates at http://www.newyorkfashionweeklive.com/. Let the fashion games begin!