By Alicia Powell
NEW YORK (Reuters) – This year, New York Fashion Week will open with emerging designers from New York Men’s Day and new collections from Proenza Schouler.
From September 9-14, more than 140 designer showcases will take place in various locations across New York.
Highlights this season include two Italian fashion houses.
“Fendi and Marni are coming to New York, which is super exciting. Fendi is having a special show for its 25th anniversary to celebrate its baguette bag, and Marni’s is presenting its Spring/Summer show…from Milan to New York,” fashion director Nora Milch told W Magazine.
Milch said fewer major American luxury brands are participating.
“Either they kind of moved on and started showing in Paris, or they show their calendar. So it created a lot more room for excitement and energy around young brands, young designers.
One of the designers benefiting from this change is Stephanie Crowchild, an indigenous fashion designer from Tsuu T’ina First Nation who will make her Rise NYFW show debut on Friday.
Crowchild’s brand, Eagletail Designs, specializes in tailored jackets using woolen blankets from companies such as Hudson’s Bay and Pendleton.
“I really like to replicate the way they wore their clothes, you know, like the 1800s to the early 1900s. And I just turn it into my own modern, modern style,” Crowchild said.
The designer started her business in 2020 after battling alcohol addiction and using sewing as a form of healing.
Crowchild noted that many natives were killed by smallpox-infected blankets during colonial times.
“Using the covers in the form that I’m doing today is, you know, very powerful. And just that reminder, you know, that, yeah, that we’re still here.
Tom Ford will close out the week of shows, having had to cancel last season due to COVID.
(Reporting by Alicia Powell; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)