New York is a city divided by fashion in a week in search of its mojo

Tommy Hilfiger embodied this determined optimism, with his show that went on despite the rain, featuring an inspired collaboration with British designer Richard Quinn. Taking his salute to a solo from Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, Hilfiger smiled and looked untouched and unaware of the swarming clouds, proving the weather isn’t a priority in his fashion empire.

Quinn’s pieces, however, hinted at the sharper outlines of the city emerging from the Lower East Side, with punk leather jackets and tartan prints accessorized with leather whips.

Darker clouds came faster and faster at Stuart Vevers’ show for Coach, which began with a romantic couple in beige basics courting each other on a pier-like set, before the romance was over. broken by downtown doll dresses, 70s style tunics and leather shorts with vest, worn by Lil Nas X.

Lil Nas X parades at Coach, Bella Hadid and Serena Williams shine at Vogue World and Tory Burch at New York Fashion Week.Credit:Getty, provided

The pieces felt grounded in the city’s tumultuous reality, with a vintage spirit reflecting the rise of thrift stores in areas once dominated by luxury brands – as well as luxury retailer The Real Real, boutiques such as The Vintage Twin and Assembly who offer 80s band t-shirts, worn Levi’s and sinister track tops.

A pyramid forms at the Area show at New York Fashion Week.

A pyramid forms at the Area show at New York Fashion Week.Credit:Getty

Surprisingly, Upper East Side staple Tory Burch also brought youthful energy and as much urban grit as his brand would allow in the style of sheer fitted tops worn over the finest black fishnet skirts, mini – black skirts with lime green zip tops and beige tights. .

The unusual combinations seemed relevant to buyers looking for the individuality the vintage offers, without the lingering flavors of previous owners.

“This collection is personal and intuitive, tapping into my memories of the ’90s when I moved to New York,” Burch said. “I wanted to look at my signatures with a fresh perspective, reflecting what feels modern now.”

After the Coach show, Lil Nas X changed to appear at vogue World, a commercial activation moving the brand away from its print origins. Consumers and advertisers bought tickets to see Serena Williams at Balenciaga and 200 models who don’t get out of bed for more than Linda Evangelista’s old $10,000 fee.

“We wanted it to reflect the heart of the city and of a major fashion capital,” vogue said leading lady Anna Wintour.

The global portion of the title shows it wasn’t just for New York, with the event crafted for the digital space, with potential to generate excitement equal to the annual Met Gala extravaganza.

vogue Australian editor Edwina McCann was taking notes.

“It was a great edition that featured all the friends of the brand, and it felt like a fantastic consumer experience,” McCann said. “Certainly our audiences in Australia have engaged with that. It was a really positive event.

“He will in theory travel and there’s no reason he can’t come to Australia.”

Other Aussies were in attendance with Daniel Avakian delivering his take on the metaverse and IMG Australia bringing in Liandra Gaykamangu of Liandra Swim to test US waters.

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“It takes time to break into New York,” says Natalie Xenita, managing director of IMG Fashion Events in Australia. (IMG owns New York and Australia Fashion Weeks.) “The connection is strong. People don’t realize that the IMG-owned fashion week site is all about New York for six months and Australia for six months. It’s a relationship that works both ways.

Area and The Blonds delivered ambitious and exciting shows for consumers aware of the changes on the streets of the city.

Area designer Piotrek Panszcyk dove into concept pieces, exploring pyramid shapes and giant folds that were futuristic without relying on retro nostalgia.

Sleeveless black jumpsuits with rhinestone bows lined with keyhole cutouts worn with killer spike belts and red sequined hoodies combine creativity with savvy brand construction.

The week was closed by The Blonds, in an upbeat procession of sculpted jumpsuits, fringed catsuits, disco ball gowns and dazzling prints that gave caftan queen Camilla Franks’ familiar aesthetic the ultimate treatment. for kids club.

As Daphne Guinness muse, Amanda Lepore, nightclub dweller, and former America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker listened as Saucy Santana shut down the show, the crowd screamed. Here are clothes to wear that night to party until the lights of New York come on or go down.

Damien Woolnough visited New York Fashion Week as a guest of IMG Australia and Tommy Hilfiger.

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