NYFW Spring 2022 and COVID

This semester the University Fashion Group was not able to take our trip to New York City and work behind the scenes at fashion shows due to the Omicron COVID variant. Plans for New York Fashion Week were turned upside down with rising COVID cases in New York City.

Fashion houses such as Tom Ford and Project have decided to move their shows until June. Many major designers such as Michael Kors, Telfar, Coach, Tory Burch, and Carolina Herrera are still hosting their shows in person with a limited seat audience.

Many shows decided to go completely online or have an appointment only viewing of their collections. The link below is the official detailed schedule for NYFW that starts on Friday February 11th at 9 am eastern time. The list also includes whether appointments are needs to view the show.

https://cfda.com/fashion-calendar/official-nyfw-schedule

Unfortunately, it seems that Spring 2022 New York Fashion Week is going look similar to last year’s spring showing. To some, it feels like a regression from a mostly in-person New York Fashion Week. Some long-time favorite designers will not be showing this weekend, but they plan on scheduling an independent fashion show at a later date. International fashion houses are opting to showcase their collections in London or Paris later this spring which deviates from their normal exhibitions in New York City.

There are some benefits to a partially online New York Fashion Week. For example, online showcases are available for people to view without physically traveling to New York City which can become expensive after airfare and hotel stay.

What do you think about NYFW this spring? Should there always be an option for designers to showcase their collections online after the pandemic? Are you going to NYFW or watching any fashion shows?

Written by: Kayla Nelson

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