Even though Tom Ford, chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, has chosen to show his fall 2020 collection in Los Angeles, two nights before the Oscars, New York Fashion Week still has plenty of participants — and a few no-shows.
The official NYFW takes place Feb. 7 to Feb. 12.
When the New York calendar was released in late December, there were two rather big omissions: Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Lauren’s plans haven’t been disclosed yet, but Hilfger plans to stage his TommyNow show in London at the Tanks at Tate Modern during London Fashion Week. That show will be a combination of Hilfiger’s men’s wear collaboration with race car driver Lewis Hamilton (Tommy x Lewis) and the women’s and men’s Hilfiger Collection for spring 2020.
It appears that no other designers are following Ford to L.A. to show during Oscars weekend. L.A.-based designers Jonathan Simkhai and Rodarte are both planning New York shows. Simkhai is showing Feb. 10 at 11 a.m., while Rodarte is showing Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.
Christian Siriano, whose show is being sponsored by a movie and who has a big Hollywood following, will be showing his collection at Spring Studios in New York on Thursday, Feb. 6, the day before New York Fashion Week officially begins.
The Fashion Calendar includes show regulars such as Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Carolina Herrera, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, Nicole Miller, Cynthia Rowley and Jason Wu.
Veronica Beard, who has had presentations in the past, will be showing on the runway for the first time on Feb. 10 at 4 p.m.
WWD learned one new addition to the CFDA’s Fashion Calendar is a fashion show by Elite World Group, which takes place Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. That show will feature models, celebrities and influencers on the catwalk modeling a new global fashion brand called e1972 created by Elite that’s designed for their off hours. The brand, whose name comes from Elite and the year the company was founded, is expected to combine high-end fashion with streetwear.
Meantime, Alexander Wang, who had moved to a June-December fashion show schedule, sat out of the December show. It was learned he instead plans a 15th anniversary celebration in the spring.
As per usual, designers will be showing their collections all over town, and editors, retailers, influencers and celebrities will be traipsing around New York and Brooklyn for fashion shows.
According to a spokeswoman for IMG, Spring Studios will once again serve as IMG’s show and programming headquarters, and there are no plans for NYFW: The Shows to take place at The Shed at Hudson Yards in February. For years it was rumored that The Shed, which was completed this year, would become the new home of New York Fashion Week, but that doesn’t seem to be the case right now.
IMG said it would release its schedule early this year.