As our beloved Carrie Bradshaw so once eloquently stated, “Every year, the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future…This is known as Fashion Week.” The past here, is a reference to last season’s designs, and the future of course, is the couture to come in the upcoming season.
During this biannual bonanza, the formidable fashionistas, designers, photographers, bloggers and whose who of the fashion world gather to dabble in the world of fashion design, grabbing a sneak peek at next season’s hottest designs. And though many of them aren’t cut for the catwalk, they sure take to the streets with the world as their runway.
But as these in-style influencers flock to the front row, its important to note this isn’t just about oogling the craft and talent of creators of custom. This week long glamorous gathering is also about the posh parties, the lavish lifestyle and all the other fabulousness this city has to offer.
With dozens of shows, events and presentations popping up around town, it’s definitely an exciting week to be a New Yorker. I mean, lets be honest, you don’t even have to be a socialite or celebrity to praise the pretty pairings or applause the amazing apparel. Simply standing by on the sidewalks outside of the shows, it’s not hard to catch a glimpse of your favorite style icon.
From uptown to downtown, and everywhere in between, this year’s Fall Fashion Week revisited its roots, moving away from the luxe Lincoln Center, to various venues around the city, lending itself to the original feel of this fabulous fete.
Many don’t know, but Fashion Week, originally known as “Press Week”, was first celebrated during World War II, in 1943, when most American fashion media couldn’t get to Paris to view the latest collections. New York became home to this iconic industry production, and Fashion Week was officially born.
Like this year’s celebrations, it launched at venues around the city. Then, in 1994, the runways were relocated to Bryant Park, a centralized venue just a stone’s throw away from New York’s famed Garment District. In 2010 the posh production outgrew its home, and moved over to Lincoln Center where it lived until this year.
All in all, Fashion Week is a chance for all the world to revel the runway (and take part in a some of the swankiest soirées if you’re lucky). Can’t wait to see what NYFW FW2016 has in store for us (that’s short for New York Fashion Week Fall Winter 2016). Now go strut your stuff, my fellow fashionista!