New York Fashion Week Needs a New Beginning

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Proving that not even the billionaire backing of Howard and Nancy Marks can stave off the financial effects of the coronavirus, Sies Marjan revealed Monday it is closing its doors after five years. And just like that, another bright light of New York fashion — and New York Fashion Week — is gone.

What a difference a few months makes. In February, Sies Marjan designer Sander Lak seemed finally to have settled into a next-gen headliner position, with a collection shown against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline that ticked off the boxes of showmanship, high-style, wearability and sustainability, with an arty tie-in to a Rem Koolhaas exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum to boot. But the one-two punch of the Barneys New York bankruptcy (the U.S. department store had the early exclusive on the label) and COVID-19 proved too much for the internationally

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Fashion Week 2020 Preview: Daniel w Fletcher

The coronavirus has come for Fashion Week, but Fashion Week is unbowed. With the 2020 edition of LFWM going all-digital, the event’s key designers talk us through how they’ve adapted to showing clothes in a world where showing clothes is (almost) impossible.

What’s been the biggest challenge with producing a lockdown fashion ‘show’?

Manufacturing was one of the biggest challenges this season. When lockdown set in all of the factories started to close, but this collection was made possible by the amazing seamstresses I’ve worked with directly, sending them fabrics and patterns so they could work from home. This collection is a testament to their skill and dedication.

What’s been the biggest opportunity?

I saw this as an opportunity to be more conscious of how much I was putting out into the world, not making looks that would go no further than the runway; this season is much tighter and

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London Fashion Week In The Time Of Coronavirus

Looking back, it’s alarming to think we weren’t more alarmed. It was the afternoon of the 23rd of February and members of the fashion pack, in Milan for the A/W’20 shows, had retreated to Trattoria Torre di Pisa in the Brera district of the city. In the previous few days, cases of Covid-19 had been recorded in remote areas of northern Italy, but the city was still ‘open’ and brands continued to show. Italy wouldn’t go into formal lockdown for another fortnight.

Early that morning, Giorgio Armani had announced that he would be cancelling his live show, but other heavyweights, such as Hugo Boss and Dolce & Gabbana, persisted. The mood on the streets, and in the restaurant, was a little confused, but not panicked. At one quiet corner table, Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons dined with colleagues, likely discussing their next moves having just a few hours before

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