September fashion month is fast approaching; not quite yet around the corner, but rather right on the horizon. The start of fashion week in New York always coincides with the start of my new school year, habitually providing both an exercise in time management, as I can only watch and review so many shows while still finishing my homework, and a serious questioning of my priorities, as most days I would much rather read between the lines of a fashion show instead of a book. I mean, fashion month is a special and sacred time where fashion strides forward into the mainstream, somewhat, and sartorial fantasies are turned into reality. Even though fashion month happens twice a year, collections are shown for the fall/winter season in February, September fashion month is the better of the two, for a number of reasons. One being, that the four fashion capitals are not completely frozen as they are in February, in fact, they are just beginning to freeze, resulting in some interesting street style and layers. (Layers are best in moderation; three is perfect for fashion, while 17 makes it a bit hard to be stylish.)
These sporty looks from Alexander Wang pretty much summed up NYFW for me last year. New York is always so pro-athleisure.
For New York, this fashion month brings much newness. February was the last fashion week to be held at Lincoln Center, (I was lucky enough to experience the last September fashion week at Lincoln Center last year. Well, not really experience, but stalk around outside the shows waiting for bold names to be spotted.) Lincoln Center was not only the home to the shows and their attendees, but also the home to the expressive souls waiting patiently for their spotlight. The condense feeling of unity, creativity, and an appreciation of both fashion and beautiful things will be missed, but not terminated, as the fashion people, and those who wish to be fashion people, will continue to accurately represent New York fashion.
CFDA NYFW official logos.
In addition to a new location, the CFDA recently launched a new logo to brand fashion week, as well as differentiate official WME-IMG, the organization that overlooks fashion week and sports/entertainment events in New York, fashion shows from the rest. I don't believe that this move will have any influence or induce any change, since, according to Vanessa Friedman at the New York Times, only about 1/3 of the fashion shows present in the official location. The biggest problem with fashion week is the overwhelmingness of it, too many shows and too little time.