New York Fashion Week Spring 2021

The New York Fashion Week spring 2021 season is unlike any others due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With most shows and events going virtual, the general public now has more ways to participate than ever before.

Most designers are taking on hybrid formats for their fashion shows, including livestreams, look books, videos or other digital activations. Jason Wu and Rebecca Minkoff, for example, are hosting physical shows and events with a limited audience that will be simultaneously livestreamed.

In addition to fashion shows, the season will also include free events and programming that people can access digitally. For example, IMG is returning with its series of panels and events, this time with the Black in Fashion Council, The Wall Group and Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, among others.

Here, WWD rounds up the free virtual events taking place during New York Fashion Week spring 2021.

Fashion Shows

Backstage at Jason Wu RTW Spring 2020

Backstage at Jason Wu RTW Spring 2020  Megan Cencula/WWD

Many designers are presenting their spring 2021 collections virtually, streaming the shows on their social media channels, NYFW.com or Runway360, which is the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s new digital platform.

The list of designers and brands livestreaming their shows include Jason Wu, Tadashi Shoji, Ulla Johnson, Jonathan Simkhai, Collina Strada, Veronica Beard, Dennis Basso, Adeam, Libertine, Anna Sui, Badgley Mischka, Marina Moscone, Chromat, Cinq à Sept, Rebecca Minkoff, Nicole Miller, Alice + Olivia, Cynthia Rowley, Sandy Liang, Tanya Taylor, Christian Cowan and Christian Siriano, among others.

Shows can be accessed at NYFW.com and through the CFDA’s Runway360.

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff is presenting her fall 2020 collection on Sept. 15 during a two-hour presentation starting at 5 p.m. on the roof of Spring Studios with a limited audience comprised of influencers and buyers. The designer will be using Instagram to host a livestream shopping experience where she will be doing a walk-through of the collection.

Cynthia Rowley

The designer is creating a “New York Strong” video produced at various New York City outdoor restaurants. The video will feature a collection of seasonless clothing. Rowley is releasing the video on her own social media platforms.

Runway of Dreams

Runway of Dreams, an organization that works toward inclusion in the fashion industry for people with disabilities, is putting on its first virtual fashion show on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m.

The show will showcase inclusive collections made for people with disabilities from brands and designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, Zappos, Target, Kohl’s and Stride Rite. The organization has tapped a group of influential figures to model the looks, including Paralympic gold medalist Brenna Huckaby, activist Grace Strobel, motivational speaker Brandon Farbstein and author Keah Brown.

The fashion show will begin with an introduction by Hilfiger himself, as well as a performance by Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen and his wife Lauren Monroe.

Viewers can access the fashion show through Runway of Dreams’ web site.

IMG’s NYFW: BTS 

Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler  Masato Onoda/WWD

IMG is hosting its NYFW: BTS programming, which includes virtual events and panels the public can access on NYFW.com.

The programming starts on Sept. 14 at 10:15 a.m. with the “Fashion’s Power to Create Change” panel between actress Rosario Dawson, designer Tanya Taylor, Studio 189 and Fashion our Future 2020 cofounder Abrima Erwiah and Visa’s senior vice president of marketing, Mary Ann Reilly. Later that day at 1 p.m., Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief Samira Nasr will host a conversation with Proenza Schouler designers, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez.

At 7 p.m., IMG will stream the “House of Cardin” documentary followed by a Q&A with photographer Nigel Barker and the film’s directors, P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes.

IMG is hosting three virtual events on Sept. 15. The Wall Group starts the programming with a a panel at 12:30 p.m. called “Mentoring the Next Generation,” to coincide with the launch of its incubator program. The panel includes makeup artist Daniel Martin; vice president of fashion at Bustle Digital Group Tiffany Reid, and The Wall Group director Ali Bird.

At 3 p.m., musician Moses Sumney and visual artist Sam Cannon are teaming for the conversation, “Creativity in Isolation,” to talk about the quarantine’s impact on creativity and collaboration.

To end the day at 4:30 p.m., IMG Models president Ivan Bart is moderating the panel “Becoming a Model Citizen” with influencer Parker Kit Hill, model Nouri Hassan and model RJ King where they will discuss enacting positive social change through leveraging one’s platform.

Wednesday’s programming begins at 2:30 p.m. with “Style, Culture and Politics,” a conversation between fashion designer Victor Glemaud, model Precious Lee, curator Kimberly Drew and Vogue’s fashion news director, Chioma Nnadi.

Model Karen Elson is ending the day’s programming at 5:30 p.m. with a musical performance.

IMG’s programming then concludes on Sept. 17 with a Black in Fashion Council Town Hall hosted by the council’s founders, Teen Vogue editor in chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner and fashion consultant Sandrine Charles. The founders will have a discussion with fashion designers Kenneth Nicholson, Edvin Thompson and Undra Duncan on the council’s focus areas, which include media, beauty and talent, among others.

CFDA Fashion Awards

Due to the pandemic, the CFDA canceled its in-person Fashion Awards scheduled for this June. Instead, the organization is revealing its winners on its web site and social media channels on Sept. 14.

Harlem’s Fashion Row Style Awards

Kerby Jean-Raymond

Kerby Jean-Raymond  Evan Falk/WWD

Harlem’s Fashion Row is hosting its 13th annual Style Awards and a fashion show virtually on Sept. 13. A video will be made available to the public on Sept. 19.

The Style Awards are honoring British Vogue editor in chief Edward Enninful with the Maverick of the Year Award, Teen Vogue editor in chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner with the Editor of the Year Award, Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond with the Designer of the Year award and Nate Hinton with the Publicist of the Year award.

The fashion show will feature three designers — Kimberly Goldson, Rich Fresh and Kristian Loren — who will also participate in a Q&A.

Read more here:

A New York Fashion Week Like None Other

What to Expect at New York Fashion Week Spring 2021

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WATCH: Fall 2020 Fashion Trends from NYFW 

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