New York Fashion Week, also called NYFW, is a semi-annual series of fashion shows in New York City. It is one of four primary fashion weeks worldwide, collectively known as the "Big Four," along with those in Paris, London, and Milan. NYFW is held in February and September of every year. The first one was created in 1943 by Eleanor Lambert, promotional director of the New York Dress Institute.
The Four Main
There are four main fashion seasons in a year: Spring/Summer, Fall/Winter, Resort, and Pre-Fall. Spring/Summer collections are shown in September, while Fall/Winter collections are in February. Resort collections are typically demonstrated between the two, in late May or early June, while Pre-Fall collections are shown in July.
In which designers present their collections on runways that last 10 to 20 minutes. And then, in the blink of an eye, it’s over. Depending on how staging and elaborate the presentation can be, even though this event takes about an hour, between getting all preps ready and having people sit around after photographers get the looks shot. As for the actual runway part, an average of 30 to 40 looks or outfits will be shown by models walking down the runway.
The Role of Shoes and Accessories in Fashion
Undoubtedly, the fashion industry is one of the most vital sectors at an economic level worldwide. NYFW is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. And while the clothing gets most of the attention, we can't forget about the shoes! Boots and clothing, and accessories are a significant part of fashion. They are often seen as the finishing touch to an outfit. Boots come in various styles and colors and can be made from multiple materials, including leather, suede, and rubber.
Types of shows
When attending NYFW for the first time, knowing the different types of shows is essential. There are runway shows, the traditional fashion shows where models walk down a runway wearing the clothing. There are also presentation shows, where the clothing is displayed on mannequins or people who are standing still. There are also showrooms open to the public and allow people to try on the clothing and purchase it if they wish. While Haute Couture is only presented in Paris due to its specifications to be part of the exclusivity. Made mainly by hand and can only be produced in Paris by certified people.
NYFW opens the season of global fashion weeks. The purposes of fashion weeks, in general, are for designers to present their creations and upcoming collections, for the press to review them, and for buyers to place orders. Some are invite-exclusive, but others are available for the public to buy tickets. Including VIP curated experiences or getting lucky and being invited to a private after-party by being in the right place at the right moment.
The week when anyone or soon-to-be fashion designers can work backstage. Some universities offer this unique experience and can submerge in this non-stop fashion world. If everything is booked up or you want to have a closer look at details, you can wait for some of the events to go live or press upload the runway in which you can get an up close to details. And where you can see with time what celebrities' street style is.
The Difference between Runway and In-Store Fashion
However, what you will see in stores will be different from what you have seen on runways, where they must make a big impression and have press and people talk about the brand and the presentation. This means clothes in-store will be similar, yet have a much less exaggerated and dramatic version of what was on fashion week, showing the next collection. In February, we will see Autumn/Winter 2023, a season ahead of what stores are selling.
NYFW as a Source of Inspiration and Networking
NYFW is a great event for those interested in fashion and having a good meal. A fantastic source of inspiration, where creativity has no limits and stress levels rise. It is an excellent opportunity to see the latest trends and designs and to meet other people who share your interest or are emerging entrepreneurs.
Cuadra in NYFW
Just as Cuadra was part for the first time of this exceptional week on February 12th. Participating in Global Fashion Collective II runway, Jasive Fernandez created MM Mexico Moda, a platform that makes Mexican Fashion visible. In which we were invited to collaborate in her collection presenting called “Liberación” (liberation), inspired on the book Libera tus alas (Release your wings) written by the business woman Claudia Montesinos. Together with a group of designers, we have been part of this runway, Cuadra complementing the footwear, Elisheva & Constance with the jewelry and Illi Mexico with the handbags. Throughout the runway, we were able to see symbolic inspiration of freedom, like wings on handbags, fringes and studs in our boots full of color.
This is a big achievement and we hope that as a mexican brand that we were able to be part of the four big, will keep up growing and inspiring people.