Best moments from the New York Fashion Week 2021 show
Showcasing the Spring / Summer 2022 collections, the catwalks were sashayed by models, the front rows adorned with celebrities and the streets brimming with color, boundless optimism and countless style inspirations.
With over 91 designers on display at NYFW, it’s understandable that some of the iconic designs and outfits were sadly missed. Fear not, though, as we’ve rounded up the most memorable and unmissable moments from this momentous occasion. We won’t go so far as to say that they will change the fashion world forever, but we will admit that these groundbreaking moments are already iconic in our books.
Read on for the best fashion from New York Fashion Week.
Aaron Philip makes history at Moschino
Handsome, effervescent and inspiring Aaron Philip made history at Moschino as the first disabled model to feature for a major luxury fashion brand. Dressed in a stunning canary two-piece with a matching bra, Aaron unmistakably stole the ‘babies-who-brunch’ inspired show. Reflecting on the occasion, Aaron remarks “I hope this is the start of more and inspires and enables more global brands at the same level to really work to include and standardize disabled presences and talents in their storefronts. People with disabilities, role models and talents matter so much.
A little closer to home at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, we saw the pitfall of the performative alliance at the Future of Fashion show with a show that did not adequately meet the needs of all attendees, highlighting the disparity between symbolic character and true representation and inclusiveness.
Well done to Aaron, Jeremy and Moschino.
Gigi Hadid’s return to the runway
Gigi Hadid has certainly had a busy few months. Between looking after her daughter Khai and being one of the world’s most wanted models, we were surprised to see her appear in so many catwalks. The first cab to come out of the ranks was Proenza Schouler, who styled Gigi in a puffy two-tone dress and matching necklace, closely followed by Moschino, who Gigi both opened and closed. Her model sister Bella Hadid has been notoriously absent from the catwalk, choosing instead to focus her attention on her latest venture Kin Euphorics (but Gigi has certainly made enough appearances for both). Other highlights include Michael Kors, Brandon Maxwell, Altuzarra, and Tom Ford.
LaQuan Smith takes his career to new heights
With over a decade in business, LaQuan Smith has taken his career to new heights (atop the Empire State Building to be exact) for his Spring / Summer 2022 collection. LaQuan is the very first designer to host a fashion show in this prestigious venue overlooking his hometown of Queens. Models including Taylor Hill, Elsa Hosk and Winnie Harlow soared up the 120 floors, all draped in handcrafted LaQuan creations. The star of the show? The New York skyline at dusk, of course.
Maisie Wilen’s “Campy” Karaoke Night
Maisie Wilen met us at the Boom Boom Room for her NYFW debut. Since launching in 2019 (with support from Kanye West no less), designer Maisie Schloss has produced one impressive collection after another that is loved by Y2K Charlie XCX posters, Devon Lee Carlson.
The theme of the collection was equestrian kitsch chic, outfitted with jockey style shirts and ponytail blouses. Safe to say we can’t wait to see these looks on the races. German singer Kim Petras closed the show, which sported a lace babydoll dress and leggings, completed with a tiara while entertaining the crowd.
A family affair at Collina Strada
The official opening of New York Fashion Week was Collina Strada – and what an opening it was. With festivity and joy being an integral part of the brand’s DNA, designer Hillary Taymour had no trouble bringing fun and electricity to the catwalk. His collection was a jubilant adventure, filled with diverse models, incredibly chic Y2K designs and a celebration of family. The matriarchal affair saw twins descend the track in tandem and grandmothers and granddaughters hugged. The sweetest moment was Taymour closing the show with his niece in tow. Our hearts melt.
Tom Ford brings parachute pants to the runway
He is the modern fashion matriarch and (as president of the CFDA) has identified himself as the person to wrap up the prestigious week. Ford got the mission, continuing the party in a vibrant and colorful collection, shaped by his time in LA. Pictures of glittery bicycles, pepto bismol pink blazers and chic swimsuits characterize the 80s athleisure collection. The words cute, sexy and sporty certainly come to mind.
The very glamorous Ford stepped away from its iconic dresses and seductive silhouettes, opting instead for a series of crotch pants reminiscent of MC Hammer. Will we all be inspired to do aerobics? As long as we carry Tom Ford, we don’t care what we do.
Tory Burch threw the best block party ever
Tory Burch’s Spring / Summer 2022 collection was a love letter to New York City. Celebrate and support Downtown New York City company Tory Burch hosted a Mercer Street Block Party that showcased SoHo’s iconic businesses and restaurants, with cabins lined up on either side of the runway. Guests were invited to eat, drink and shop from iconic New York vendors while indulging in the Claire McCardell-inspired designs of Burch.