Updated: May 26
It’s that time again in New York. Celebrities, influencers, and people from all walks of life pile into the streets of New York City to celebrate the Olympics of the fashion industry… New York Fashion Week. With the changes in a shortened fashion week to the wave of new, energetic, young, millennial designers brought to the table, NYFW has entered a new era.
Pyer Moss Collection 3, Sister
Kerby Jean-Raymond knows how to put on a show. For the finale of his three-part story collection, “American, Also” gave homage to African American contributions to American pop culture, particularly Rosetta Tharpe, the black woman who invented rock and roll. The collection included bright colors, the fashion week debut of “Stranger Things” star Caleb McLaughlin and Kerby’s traditional choir which was out of this world, taking it back with hits like “Sweet Love” by Anita Baker and giving us life with our fave songs from Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B. Jean-Raymond’s major statements came from the additions to his collection of beautiful afros on models and graphic tees stating,”Vote or Die, for Real This Time.”
Fashion Week Style Faves
Stars like Kehlani, Rihanna, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kim K and Meg Thee Stallion all brought their A-game as front row heavy hitters at NYFW. Kehlani turned heads in her looks from designers Laquan Smith, Savage x Fenty and her show-stopping red number by Michael Cinco. Meg made her front-row debut at the Coach Spring 2020 show in a Naruto crop top, leather skirt and thigh highs, while meeting fashion icon, Anna Wintour. Rapper Rico Nasty was another favorite front-row star by fashion critics, wearing designers like Marine Serre and Balenciaga, and even walking and performing at the show.
Rihanna, the new queen of Fashion Week?
Rihanna is no stranger to NYFW. While she’s known for her head-turning looks, she’s now behind the scenes, dominating and making a name for herself in the fashion game and now having her own spot during NYFW with her Savage x Fenty line. Two days after her show, Rihanna made her presence once again with her fifth annual Diamond Ball, a major star-studded event to honor her Clara and Lionel Braithwaite Foundation. Will Ms. Fenty be changing the game for NYFW and the fashion industry in the future? I think we all know the answer to that.
The Future of Fashion?
More than ever, we are seeing a major economical and political switch in fashion. With the increase in millennial designers and the current political climate, designers are making sure their voice is heard. New trends like cannabis and sustainability brought major conversation to NYFW with designer Maria Cornejo incorporating upcycling textiles and leathers into her collection and Project Runway alum Korto Momolus' partnership with Women Grow, a cannabis network dedicated to women producers.
What’s next for New York Fashion Week next year?