That’s 6 Years of NYFW Coverage
Wow, did we just write that? Yes, it’s hard for us to fathom, too, but in February 2017 it will be 6 years since we began keeping our dedicated NYFW schedule, which — in the language of fashion week — is 12 seasons (and that always sounds more impressive; let’s face it).
Anyway, the Christmas season is already coming to an end. But the good news is, that means February is (rather predictably, we admit), right around the corner. Which is sort of cause for celebration here at NYFWLive.
After all, we’ve been working front-and-center to bring you the latest news about the events of the season since February 2011. Back then, MB was still title sponsor, and Ruth Finley was still running something called the fashion calendar (which most people had never heard of, even though it had been around since 1945).
But much like fashion itself, NYFW is very much a thing of the “now.” Every season brings new surprises.
Every season brings new surprises.
Over the past years, one of the major changes in New York Fashion Week has been that — as productions have continued to diversify — confirmed dates have continued to arrive earlier and earlier. So whereas dates and times for shows used to come scant weeks before the events themselves, nowadays show information generally begins as early as late-November. (A welcome change if you’re planning on flying out.)
This season is certainly no exception, as NYFW: The Shows by IMG has already confirmed dates that begin February 9th. Also beginning February 9th, Style Fashion Week and The Shows at FTL Moda. On Friday, Art Hearts Fashion and Fashion Gallery New York Fashion Week will begin their series of presentations, as will (new to the calendar) New York Fashion Week, The Runway’s on Fire.
Sunday, February 12th will be another “calendar newcomer,” Bohn Jsell Collections,.
Needless to say, NYFW: The Shows’ lineup is one of the most anticipated. Likely designers will be stalwarts Nicholas K., Noon by Noor, Erin Fetherson, Tadashi Shoji, Thakoon, Rag & Bone, Jason Wu, Calvin Klein, Nicole Miller, Jeremy Scott, Lacoste, Jill Stuart, Taoray Wang, Christian Siriano, Jonathan Simkhai, Victoria Beckham, The Row, Vivienne Tam, Zac Posen, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and many others. No word yet whether BCBG will be back, so we can tap our usual Lubov Azria interview, but we won’t be surprised if they decide to sit another one out.
As always, the new season will feature live-streaming runway shows, as well as select shopping experiences, many in real-time. Ability to attend shows varies depending on whether you’re a member of the press (i.e., often a blogger these days), or just someone visiting New York who wants to attend a show and feel part of the excitement. Various options are offered by producers.
This season, we hope to see an influx of virtual reality experiences, which is — as we all know — a technology still in development. Sadly, one of the major roadblocks to seeing more runway shows in VR is simply an absence of devices that can bring the experience into people’s home affordably, and in the right way.
There are several virtual reality goggles on the market, but most of the higher end ones are priced well beyond the reach of the average consumer, and the cheaper ones leave a lot to be desired in terms of experience. (Unless you like horrible motion sickness, in which case you’re in luck.)
We’re all still waiting breathlessly (well, maybe not breathlessly) for Apple’s virtual reality solution (no word on this anywhere so far). Plus we’re hoping the new Google Pixel will help make virtual shows a bit more mainstream via their VR platform Daydream.
Either way, the good news is that New York Fashion Week is stronger than ever. (Did anyone really like the name “Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York?” Ick.) Clearly there are still a few bugs to work out. For example, currently there are so many shows on the NYFW schedule (can we just call this “the sched,” or is that pretentious?), it can be a bit daunting for anyone, including us.
But here’s the simple truth: new designers have the right to be seen at New York Fashion Week. And one of the issues facing new designers is the extreme cost of showing during the events. Although we don’t claim to have a solution, we know that diversity is good; which is why we continue to bring a comprehensive NYFW calendar for those who want to see New York Fashion Week, attend the runway shows, interact with live streams, and showcase their talent at the shows.
We love you. See you in February!