Fashion Insider: New York Fashion Week Highlights In-Flux Fashion System

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

Fashion news, trends, topics and images straight from the desk of yours truly.

Backstage at Vetements, SS16. Photo by Pierre-Ange Carlotti.

Backstage at Vetements, SS16. Photo by Pierre-Ange Carlotti.

Big changes are a-brewing in the fashion industry, and this New York Fashion Week season is set to display some major updates.

1/ For starters, following the lead of smaller, retail-savvy brands like Rebecca Minkoff, Burberry released news that it was to combine its branches into one men’s and women’s cohesive collection to be showcased at Fashion Week and immediately following the show, available for the public to purchase. This risky, albeit smart, move was spearheaded by the discussions surrounding the “broken” fashion system: too fast, to seasonless, and too many collections for creative directors to manage—which is why so many have jumped ship in the past six months alone.

2/ Once again, Tom Ford has announced that he will not be showing at NYFW, instead rescheduling his Fall/Winter 16 collection launch to September to align with store and web availability. This isn’t the first time that Ford has made the decision to forgo the fashion show: last year he released a viral video of his collection featuring a song and special guest appearance by Lady Gaga.

3/ One of my personal favorite brands, Vetements, will also be doing their part to disrupt the traditional fashion system. Citing an obvious disconnect between the creative and commercial cycle, co-founder and designer Demna Gvasalia will be realigning the Vetements collections to premiere in a solo exhibition in June, tucked in between the men’s and women’s couture shows beginning in June 2016.

4/ For those of you who are heading to NYC for the events that kick off tomorrow, or if you plan on following along from afar, Vogue has pulled together a list of 9 hot topics that are on the agenda for the season, from Kanye’s ever-evolving fashion week show to the newest crop of emerging designers on the scene.

Happy fashion week y’all! See you in NYC and don’t forget to follow along at #ALIVEatNYFW.

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