By Denton Taylor
If you’ve seen a lot of well-dressed models around, you may or may not have guessed that it’s New York Fashion Week (NYFW), running from September 9-14. NYFW is held twice a year, in February and September. New York City, as the Fashion Capital of the United States, holds one of the “big four” Fashion Weeks of the world, the others being in Paris, Milan, and London.
Fashion Weeks have changed with the times; what used to be sleepy shows where store buyers, the fashion press, and some select private clients could witness and, hopefully, order looks for the coming season, have now turned into spectacles where influencers, celebrities, and the beautiful people of social media vie for scarce tickets and front-row seats. It is estimated that each NYFW adds almost a billion dollars to the city’s economy. The total contribution of fashion in general is obviously much higher.
Between 2010 and 2015, NYFW was held in our very own Lincoln Center, in tents erected in Damrosch Park. Certain community activists felt that using the park to hold closed events was illegal, and sued. To make a long story short, NYFW left Lincoln Center for other venues.
This NY Fashion Week will be particularly celebratory as it is the first full one since Covid struck.
The unofficial opening of NY Fashion Week is an event that is held in the David H. Koch theater in Lincoln Center, this year on September 7. The Couture Council of The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), choses an honoree to receive the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion at a gala luncheon. The annual fall event benefits MFIT, (Museum at FIT). The presenting sponsor was Nordstrom’s. This year the honoree is Maria Grazia Chiuri, creative director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear, and accessories collections at Dior.
I was there, camera in hand, to cover the event for the West Side Rag. Many notables attended, some of whom are pictured below. I’ll be continuing to put up more images on Instagram @dentontaylor.
Re: “Certain community activists felt that using the park to hold closed events was illegal, and sued.”
Make that self-appointed “community activists” Did these cape-less “heroes” bother to ASK the public if they approved/disapproved of the tents in Damrosch Park?
NO! But since the fashion industry is based on…quel horror!…Capitalism, these do-bad-by-doing-“good” decided to nit-pick on a technicality, and spoil the fun for the-rest-of-us.
Gimme: I agree. It really does seem like an event that would be fun, youthful (but not geared toward kids) and lively for the neighborhood.
The mega-yacht, Moca, has been anchored of pier 1 for about a week. It’s available for charter at $475,000 per week. I wonder if it’s been chartered by some mega-rich NYFW people/company…
I’ll undercut that, going them one better; I have an apt. on exotic Amsterdam Avenue that for a limited amount of time I will make available for a sightseeing charter: for a mere $237,500 a week.
SEE! Actual New Yorkers going about their exciting lives on the Upper West Side from 50 feet up (5th floor and no dangerous elevators needed either!). Absolute safety! Plus: free special bonus!
I guarantee this apt. will not sink into the Hudson River, as in:
“Yacht sinks after catching on fire in Hudson River”
Safety AND adventure! Cheap at half the price!