New York Fashion Week, which usually spans seven to eight days in September, will be shortened to just five days, according to a new plan proposed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).The idea to streamline the annual event into five days and five nights was proposed by the CFDA’s new chairman Tom Ford, who is taking over from Diane von Furstenberg in June.Ford, who has already proposed the idea so it will be approved in time for the spring/summer 2020 season, is suggesting the change in an effort to keep NYFW relevant, according to WWD.“There’s a choice,” Ford told WWD. “All of New York Fashion Week moving toward irrelevance or changing the schedule, trying to reinvigorate it and trying to be as accommodating as possible.”The new schedule would see NYFW begin on Friday, 6 September and run through Wednesday, 11 September.According to Ford, the week would involve focusing on the major designers and scheduling other shows around them - which would make it easier for international press and retailers to plan trips and attend.Shortening the calendar would also mean cutting some designers out altogether - a choice the CFDA is making with help from “people from retail and editorial”.“We’re not just asking American editors and buyers, but also the internationals,” said Steven Kolb, CFDA’s chief executive officer. “So we’re not sitting here, making this decision ourselves.”Currently, NYFW runs longer than Fashion Week in London, Paris and Milan.
If you’re sat in the front row, it usually means one of two things. At fashion week, the front row, or frow as it’s called, is not just a place to sit and ponder how you spell “Gabbana”. In fact, the frow is reserved for those at the upper echelons of the industry – editors, buyers, stylists – and Hollywood celebrities.
Black girl magic was in high supply at Paris Fashion Week thanks to Zendaya. The actress and singer added fashion designer to her growing (and quite frankly, glowing) résumé, with the launch of her collection with Tommy Hilfiger. Brought to life under the direction of the Zendaya and her stylist, Law Roach, the show was inspired by the 1973 Battle of Versailles show, which put American fashion on the global map.
Karl Lagerfeld’s name may be synonymous with his long and illustrious career at Chanel and Fendi but in Paris today it was his time at the helm of Chloé that was honoured. At the French fashion house’s latest showcase, the legacy of the late, great Lagerfeld - who’s career spanned not one but two stints at the brand, the first between 1963 an 1983, and again for five years from 1992 before handing the reigns to Stella McCartney - was remembered through tributes placed on every seat. “Chloé pays deepest respect and gratitude to Karl Lagerfeld for the incredible genius he brought to us over his 25 years with the house,” it read.
Celebrities from the fashion world and beyond turned out in their droves at Milan Fashion Week to pay their respects to the late Karl Lagerfeld at the Fendi fashion show. Lagerfeld first started working with the Italian fashion label in 1965. Stars including entrepreneur Olivia Palermo and model Olivia Culpo attended the Fendi autumn/winter 2019 catwalk, while models Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber took part in the show.
In previous years, celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Elle Fanning and Kylie Jenner have graced the catwalks of some of the industry’s biggest designers, and for autumn/winter 2019, even more stars were subbed in for models. At New York Fashion Week, we saw actors including Gwendoline Christie from Game of Thrones, Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black, and Greta Lee from Netflix’s Russian Doll make an appearance on the runway. Elsewhere, supermodel Christy Turlington made a surprise appearance at Marc Jacobs, closing the show in a voluminous black taffeta gown.
From Rose McGowan's Vivienne Westwood protest to Gwendoline Christie in rainbow tulle, all the AW19 celebrity catwalk highlights.
On Sunday Harper's mother Victoria Beckham unveiled her sleek and oh so chic AW19 collection to celebrities and the fashion set in the hallways of the Tate Britain. In classic Beckham style the former Spice Girl’s family, including husband David Beckham, came out to support her along with editor-in-chief of US Vogue, Anna Wintour. Beckham jokingly tried the look out for himself but said he "couldn't compete".
If day one was all about bringing activism and eccentricity to the catwalk, day two will be defined by its homage to wearable clothing. There has been a notable shift away from this, though, particularly among British designers. On day two of LFW, it was all about comfort and practicality.