The fashion world has witnessed hundreds of consecutive runway shows throughout February & September 2023, marking the culmination of what is affectionately known as “fashion month.” New York, as always, took center stage, hosting its renowned fashion week mid September. It was a week of sartorial innovation and creative expression as designers from Tory Burch to Coach and Collina Strada graced the runways.
Marc Jacobs unveiled the Fall 2023 collection, titled “Heroes,” and paid a heartfelt tribute to the late fashion icon Vivienne Westwood. Known for her pioneering efforts in bringing punk from the streets of England to the forefront of designer fashion, Westwood left an indelible mark on the industry.
PHOTO : COURTESY OF MARC JACOBS
Marc Jacobs reimagined many of her iconic designs in this collection, capturing the essence of grunge through a dimly lit runway show.
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The Collina Strada show injected an element of wild creativity into the fashion week. Designer Hillary Taymour posed an intriguing question, “What does the toned-down version of Collina look like while still being fun?” The answer lay in models adorned with animal prosthetics. Some models underwent striking transformations into dogs or dolphins, while others embraced a more subtle approach with fluffy ears or tails. This whimsical and thought-provoking vision was aptly titled “Please Don’t Eat My Friends,” highlighting that fashion transcends mere clothing; it’s an art form that sparks conversations.
Image: Randy Singleton for Coach.
Coach opted for a more intimate showroom experience, quite a departure from their bleacher-style setup of the previous year. Stuart Vevers, Coach’s designer, proudly considers the brand “America’s house of leather,” a sentiment reflected in the impeccable leather coats and separates showcased in their Fall 2023 Ready-To-Wear collection.
Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Tory Burch
Tory Burch approached her collection with a mission beyond fashion. She aimed to challenge traditional notions of femininity and beauty, stating, “I don’t think women want rules anymore.” Her collection played with the idea of perfection, evident in the opening look: a pleated wool skirt held together by a sizable safety pin, fastening an asymmetrical waistband. The collection exuded practicality with a hint of creativity and imperfection, embodying the evolving desires of contemporary women.
New York Fashion Week undoubtedly set the bar high for this year’s fall/winter fashion events. The week was a playground of iconic looks, from the distinctive street styles of the guests to the innovative designer collections gracing the runways. The city’s creative energy left an indelible mark on the fashion world, and as the baton passes to Paris and Milan in the coming weeks, fashion enthusiasts around the globe eagerly await the next wave of creativity and inspiration that will shape the future of fashion