New York Fashion Week: Expect Plaids, 70s Styles, Menswear, New Designers

New York Fashion Week kicks off on Thursday, February 12. The weather in New York calls for a 50 percent of snow showers, but that won’t stop the show from going on. There is a lot to expect on the first day of Fashion Week.

Fashion Week starts off with some big names in the fashion industry. Thursday morning will have presentations from Coach and Ralph Lauren, who will show his menswear line along with his Polo for women line, according to the New York Times. Fashion Week will also host runway shows from BCBG Max Azria and Richard Chai. At noon, Creatures of the Wind takes the stage, followed by Honor at 2 p.m. and Tome at 4 p.m., according to the report.

The Wall Street Journal predicts that there will be more 70s looks, plaids, and houndstooth patterns at Fashion Week. You can view the sketches from Nanette Lepore, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhullier, Moncler Grenoble, and Katie Ermilio directly at the source.

This year, 360 fashion labels will debut their collections on the New York runways or in less formal presentations. The New York Fashion Week official calendar often lists as many as seven shows playing at once. It can be dizzying for the journalists, bloggers, and A-listers who attend.

Menswear will also outshine womenswear at New York Fashion Week. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced that it would give New York menswear designers their own Fashion Week – or at least for four days in July. The goal is to create the impact of American menswear designers and to put their presentations in sync with buying schedules of male retailers, according to the Washington Post.

Steven Kolb, CFDA’s executive director, said, “The designers, the American editors, the American buyers have been wanting that.”

What else can you expect at Fashion Week? There will be 13 new designers who will be debuting their collections for the first time. Some of those designers include brand names and celebrities we all know. Fashion lovers are looking forward to seeing collections from Banana Republic, Kanye West, Ready to Fish, and Ran Fan.

Jamie Brewer will also walk down New York Fashion Week as the first model with Down syndrome. According to a report on the Inquisitr, the American Horror Story actress is looking forward to stepping foot on the runway. Brewer is going to be modeling as part of Carrie Hammer’s “Role Models, Not Runway Models” and become an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities.

It will be a notable Fashion Week, for sure. This season will mark the debut of Peter Copping as the new designer for Oscar de la Renta, replacing the legendary designer who died in October. It will also mark the last time that Fashion Week is home to the famous tents. It’s unclear, as of yet, where the tents will move to in September. Will you be checking out the collections at this year’s Fashion Week?

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