ICYMI: Is New York Fashion Week dead, inclusive, or just business as usual?

ICYMI: Is New York Fashion Week dead, inclusive, or just business as usual?

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Text: Ryan Sng

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1. Tom Ford put out his best collection in a long time.
The designer's sexily streamlined FW19 show featured throwbacks to his YSL and Gucci days, notably Gigi Hadid's red velvet tux.




2. The future of American fashion appeared to turn his nose up at NYFW.
In the leadup to NYFW, respected publications including Vox and The Business of Fashion questioned the relevance and effectiveness of the fashion mega-event; compounding matters, Kerby Jean-Raymond's Pyer Moss label, which won last year's CFDA Prize, was conspicuously absent from the season's calendar. Jean-Raymond told The New York Times that his next showing, scheduled for September, would address “the erasure of minorities and people of colour”, which was speculated by many to be an indirect criticism of the American fashion establishment. 



3. 11 Honoré scored a PR coup with Laverne Cox walking its runway finale.
The multilabel e-commerce platform, whose size range for its designer wares runs from US 10 to 20, asked the actress and transgender activist to close in a tulle Zac Posen gown, generous press coverage of which led to even more press coverage on how exceptional queer and non-size zero representation remains in the industry.



4. Crocs unleashed a croc-shaped bag upon the world, in collaboration with PizzaSlime.
Begging the question: "Why?!"



5. Marc Jacobs' SS19 campaign paid homage to the fashion glossies of old.
Shot by Steven Meisel and featuring the highly-controlled, in-studio stylings of 20th century fashion photography, the campaign instantly stood out against a sea of gritty, anti-glamour imagery.



6. Gucci, too, went retro with its Showtime campaign, which recreated memorable Old Hollywood moments.
We're already adding Singin' in the Rain to our (re)watch list this weekend. Bonus post: in response, Diet Prada provided a welcome reminder of the non-white stars who were never allowed to shine as brightly, and are thus a little less remembered.




7. On the subject of Gucci, Kering's star brand also copped major flak for a sweater that drew comparisons to minstrel shows.
*Sighs, massages temples*



In case you missed it, catch up on last week.