Last season’s shows were live-streamed or pre-recorded; NYFW Fall 2021 features digital lookbooks, socially distant on-ground fashion shows (streamed live or pre-recorded) with limited audience capacity, XR (extended reality) technology, and shows hosted on — you guessed it — TikTok.
Panels and digital summits that were previously exclusive to top influencers, celebrities, and magazine editors are also now available for online public viewing. Get ready to tick off ‘attending NYFW’ on your bucket list.
How exactly do you catch all these shows?
‘Book’ shows and watch behind-the-scenes highlights on CFDA’s Runway360
The Council of Fashion Designers Of America, Inc. (CFDA) presents a highlight reel of each show on their website. The platform also features 30-minute clips of live-sessions with designers (archived for on-demand viewing after each session) talking about the inspiration behind their collections, detailed lookbooks, a designer directory, as well as press releases per show or collection.
The site also allows you to book and sync the schedule to your Apple, Google or Windows calendar so you don’t miss live streams. If you do end up mixing schedules, you can still view them on-demand because each show gets archived.
Enter the front row for free through NYFW.com
Plotted all your must-see shows? Catch all of them — including exclusive content, archived delivery of showcases from previous days, and more — on NYFW.com. To gain access, you just have to input your email address and create a password. You can also find footage from last year’s events.
See it through TikTok
Want to experience it through your phone? TikTok partnered with IMG Fashion for the second time around to deliver the NYFW experience straight to your TikTok feed.
Official accounts like @FashionWeek and @NYFW present the event from a perspective that’s different from the typical glamourised feel of runway shows. This includes models doing popular TikTok challenges, showing behind-the-scenes previews, and giving runway trivia.
Which shows to catch
Make sure to catch Jason Wu’s show, which is opening this season (just like the last one).. In a grocer setup, models wearing boxy and oversized outerwears, most featuring autumnal colours and prints, strutted during the show. The concept was inspired by Wu’s Instagram food diary that was created during the lockdown, combined with his perpetual love for fashion.
Rebecca Minkoff’s ‘masked presentation’ also shouldn’t be missed. The collection — gives a nod to the 70s aesthetic — we’re talking fringes, studs, moto detailing. All the looks are paired with face masks (stylish and safe).
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If avant garde looks are more up your alley, the Asia Fashion Collection FW21 show is the one to check out. The collection features 48 looks by Japanese, Taiwanese, and South Korean designers. It’s also styled and produced by a full Asian team and features a racially diverse set of models. All pieces were inspired by themes relating to foreign travel, whether for leisure, work or migration.
We can’t tell what the future will hold for fashion and fashion shows,but these shows prove that humanity will always find a way to adapt — and we can do so stylishly.
(Cover photo from: Flaunter via Unsplash)