Can’t make it to Gotham for Fashion Week? Well, that’s OK. You can follow online. But first, here’s a little primer on the event that began February 4 and ends February 15, and is focused on fashions for the upcoming fall/winter of 2019.
What exactly is Fashion Week?
In the United States, when we think of Fashion Week we’re typically referring to New York Fashion Week, held in September and February. It’s been around since 1943. Designers present their collections for the following season to buyers and others in the fashion industry.
Paris, Milan, and London also host Fashion Weeks, and along with New York have become known as the “Big Four.”
In the past, New York Fashion Week has typically been split into two brief periods: New York Fashion Week, and New York Fashion Week for men. This year, however, the two weeks are combined. According to the industry group, Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), The men’s shows are occurring right now, and the women’s shows begin this Friday, February 7.
Most of the styles presented during Fashion Week seem way over-the-top—and some are outright ridiculous. How are they relevant to me, the “average fashionista?”
It’s true that many of the fashions paraded down the runway would cause most of us, if we were wearing them, to feel as if we were playing dress-up or donning a Halloween costume. However, fashion is aspirational. And it is fantastical. The styles seen during Fashion Week may not be things we re-create in a literal sense at home, but they inspire us to color outside the lines a little.
For example, maybe I’ll take an element of something I’ve seen during Fashion Week—like unusual buttons on a blouse or big flowers on high heels—and work them into my conservative Midwest wardrobe.
People may argue this point with me, but fashion is not necessarily meaningless or narcissistic. It’s simply misunderstood. It’s through fashion that we can express ourselves. I feel blessed to live in a country where I can wear what I want to wear, because so many people throughout the world do not have this right.
Not my first rodeo
When I worked as a style editor for a sophisticated little newspaper in Connecticut, I had the privilege of covering New York Fashion Week. I loved the late nights of writing for my readers “back home” across the state line, and commentating on the fashions I’d seen earlier that day. I also loved meeting so many interesting people who hailed from various parts of the globe. And, OK, I confess: The fashion designers treated those of us who worked as fashion journalists VERY well. The food, the parties, and the swag bags were pretty awesome.
But, alas, those days are over. I was younger, and New York was a different city back then. Or maybe my perspective on the city was different. At the moment, I’m in the drab Midwest, although it does have its many advantages and I’m happy to be here! But that doesn’t mean I can’t still do Fashion Week.
Even though I’m not there in person, I still follow New York Fashion Week, and this year I thought I’d bring you along (if you want to come, that is). So let’s do this!
An interesting collection from N. Hoolywood
Women’s shows begin Friday. In the meantime, here are some of the runway looks from the fall/winter 2019 men’s collection designed by N. Hoolywood. His show was today. Born in Japan in 1974, Daisuke Obana founded N. Hoolywood in 2001. He has been presenting men’s fashions at New York Fashion Week since 2011. On the CFDA website, he is quoted: “When we produce a design, we always try to find an additional yet new value of the design from the past.”
What do you think of his show today? Comments?
Check out other designers’ collections during Fashion Week. Just google Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019 and you will discover several online venues where you can view the shows in real time. Have fun!