New York Fashion Week Pre-Coverage Spring 2022 Season

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With all that is going on in the country and the world at large, the crisis with the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the COVID-19 Delta variant wrecking global havoc, and global climate crisis, and retractive abortion laws in Texas, it is sometimes a challenge to put a focus of fashion.

Still, when has there ever been a time or era without crises and upheaval. We soldier on, and so does the fashion industry. And as fashion is inspired by current events, it would not be surprising to see some spring 2022 fashion collections that use these trying times as a reference point.

It should be noted that this is the first time in two seasons that some fashion designers have produced live shows due to the COVID-19 health pandemic. And with live shows coming back to New York Fashion Week (NYFW), the CFDA and IMG have put some precautions in place. For all approved CFDA/IMG venues, staff, models, and attendees will have to produce verification of COVID-19 vaccination. And while industry professionals are scoffing and critical of this development, the authorities understand that safety is crucial.

This return of live shows presents a new set of challenges for the producers of NYFW. First, there is a new venue on Fifth Avenue where several shows will be housed. Spring Studios will continue to be a location for several shows; however, Pier 59 is no longer an approved venue for NYFW.

Backstage at Jason Wu RTW Fall 2021. Image courtesy of viralnigeria.com

Because of the current health pandemic, runway and presentations cannot hold more than 400 people. This reduction in attendance vastly decreases media coverage, which had already experienced a sharp decline over the past five years. Social media influencers who had become an important factor and source of coverage for NYFW are no longer being given the huge financial compensations they once received prior to the current health pandemic. So, expect their presence to be greatly diminished.

Some top brands have decided to continue using the digital format for the spring 2022 season, eschewing live runway shows. Still, there are a plethora of brands that will showing at NYFW for the first, as well as brands returning after an absence.

You can expect the NYFW stalwarts—Anna Sui, Bibhu Mohapatra, Michael Kors, Gabriela Hearst, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, Naeem Khan, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Sergio Hudson, Coach, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Brandon Maxwell, Veronica Beard, Zero Maria Cornejo, LaQuan Smith, Khiry, Telfar, Rebecca Minkoff, and many others. There are some newcomers to the NYFW roster—Connor McKnight, Oak & Acorn, Tombogo, Dur Doux, Fried Rice, Callas Milano, Marrisa Wilson, Carter Young, The Stolen Garment, and several others.

—Staff

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