Fresh chapters at NYFW

Fashion / September 17, 2021

Trust that fashion will thrive and give us inspiration as we still go through the unprecedented. New York Fashion Week (NYFW) saw new life this season for spring/summer 2022. Staud held an Italian-inspired disco for its presentation, with guests including Jared Leto, Irina Shayk, Stella Maxwell, Sasha Pivovarova, Paloma Elsesser, Precious Lee and Larry King—who birthed a new set of memes.


Of the summery prints and skin-baring outfits, Staud designer Sarah Staudinger said, “We’re the type of brand that doesn’t want to tell you what the trend is down to low-waist or high-waist. What’s more important is the type of mood that we’re in. The last two years, since our last show, so much has happened. We’ve all fought different battles. It’s been a lot. It was important for me to create a collection and a moment in time to remind us that we can still fight the battles and celebrate our victories.”

Despite a return to the runway, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Oscar de la Renta opted for a cute video to enjoy in the comfort of our own homes. Ironically, the video showed shiny dresses, flower prints and colorful pieces on models rushing around New York to get to Bryant Park for an impromptu show, all to the tune of Billie Eilish’s “Oxytocin.” The message was all too clear.

In the show notes for Tom Ford’s newest collection, the designer is all about making a statement. “​​Photogenic clothes today by their very nature mean that they are not at all timid . . . My clothes this season are simple in cut but not in impact.” It was all about those pieces that scream “look at me” even if the cut and fit foretold a relaxed nature.

Long nights out

The presentation saw racerback tanks, basketball shorts and track pants covered in neon sequins. The colors were not for the shy, with fuchsia, orange, acid green and pool blue. Oversized satin blazers were seen with chokers and barrettes as accessories to cap off the look. One thing is for sure: Tom Ford is ready for long nights out.

When it comes to being cool, few do it like Maryam Nassir Zadeh. The label staged its first show since 2019 at their newly reopened store for NYFW.

Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Without pretense, the pieces were all about capturing the zeitgeist while being timeless. Button-downs and denim shorts were paired with the brand’s cult favorite PVC wedges. Pops of color came from bikinis worn underneath dresses and translucent skirts. Femininity and minimalism were toyed with through kitten heels with chinos.

Prabal Gurung

Of his latest collection, Prabal Gurung saw new life where borders are blurred. He told Vogue, “Over the summer, going to the protests, the trans rally, going to places like Happy Fun Hideaway in Brooklyn, which is a nonbinary space . . . I just wanted to create a collection that could show to the world what beauty can look like. I honestly feel like the world is better with women.”As such, Gurung put touches of ruffles and feminine details on menswear silhouettes. Oversized coats met with halter tops and skirts in candy colors. Bright blue shirts and orange pants were paired together, while bandeaus were found under relaxed jackets.