Get ready for New York Fashion Week with this preview of five anticipated shows, including Rhianna’s lingerie presentation and 50th anniversary of the iconic Ralph Lauren line at NYFW.
With more than 200 shows on the schedule, New York Fashion Week kicks off on September 5th. This season promises a perfect mix of classic and modern styles, and the roster is stacked with both familiar and fresh faces. Highlights this year range from Norma Kamali, who will be introducing her first official menswear collection, to Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, whose award-winning, sustainable initiative Studio 189 empowers artisans working in Ghana and around the world.
With help from a handful of the fashion industry’s top experts, we put together this list of five of the most anticipated shows. Be sure to visit our Fashion Week Landing portal for the latest photos, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter for daily updates.
Just like last year, Tom Ford is expected to start NYFW in style.“Tom Ford knows how to put together a glorious show, from his designs down to the last detail – the hair, makeup, accessories, and music,” Jessica Wang, Founder of NotJessFashion, tells us. “I attended for the first time last season and was so inspired by his ability to make irreverence and defiance look glamorous and perfect. You never know what to expect, but you just know he’s going to deliver something spectacular.”
“I am really looking forward to the Ralph Lauren show on the 7th of September,” Caroline Daur, Founder of Caro Daur, wrote us over email. “It will be the 50th-anniversary show, but it will not only be a show. It will be followed by a dinner. I am expecting a spectacular showcase for the brand’s upcoming collection.
In celebration of half a century in business, the Ralph Lauren anniversary will include a black-tie dinner at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park. The location itself will play an important role throughout the evening, and the occasion will benefit the Central Park Conservancy to help preserve it for generations to come.
Kate Spade New York
Nicola Glass, previously the senior vice president of accessories design at Michael Kors, took over as Creative Director at Kate Spade New York back in November. This runway show, taking place at the beautiful New York Public Library, carries extra weight; this is the first NYFW since Founder Kate Spade’s tragic death in June. Many are expecting a tribute to her memory and the legacy she leaves behind.
“I’m excited to see the first ever Kate Spade runway show,” Cathy Peshek, Owner/Editor of Poor Little It Girl and co-founder of The Blog Societies, adds. “For years, the Kate Spade brand has done beautiful, playful, and whimsical presentations that are always my favorite to attend. It’ll be interesting to see that converted to the runway with their new designer, Nicola Glass.”
I am so excited for Longchamp this year,” Natalie Lim Suarez, Founder/Editor of Natalie Off Duty says. “I just started working a lot more with this brand throughout the year, and I have fallen in love with their feminine classics with a fresh new spin. They always keep things exciting yet timeless with beautiful warm colors and the subtle pop of something unexpected. I can’t wait to see what they’ve got up their sleeves with spring.”
The French luxury brand will celebrate its 70-year anniversary in two locations: Paris’s Opéra Garnier and New York Fashion Week. This also marks the first official Longchamp runway show at NYFW. With the opening of a Fifth Avenue store and collaborations with Shayne Olive, Kendall Jenner, and more, 2018 has been an exciting year for the company.
Savage x Fenty
Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie presentation is certainly one of the buzziest events of the season. On September 12th, the pop sensation will close out the week with what’s being described as an “immersive experience.” This year, Savage x Fenty made headlines around the world for promoting inclusivity and body positivity within the industry, a theme that is sure to continue through NYFW. The brand will showcase pieces from the Fall 2018 collection, which will be made available in pop-up stores and online right after the presentation.