New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018



New York fashion week, was an extravaganza that designers and fans would not forget for a long time to come. NYFW has evolved over the course of time and those who watch it closely feel that this was a very diverse and complete fashion week. Designers from all parts of the world gathered in New York to showcase their latest Spring/Summer 2018 collections.

If one looks at this fashion week which included 94 major shows held at different locations, he finds that it was representing all ages, genders, sizes, shapes, and cultures. Robin Givhan, a fashion critic at The Washington Post wrote that this was a truly diverse fashion week that gave opportunities not only to influential designers like Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein but also fashion houses that are barely know to the public. There was an equal representation from the mass based brands during this fashion week.

The fashion week was full of shows that were based upon a theme or a particular fashion trend. If there was one show devoted to yellow dresses, there were others where designers focused upon striped dresses or dresses that were all tied up. There was also a show dedicated to suit jackets and shorts. Some designers concentrated upon all whites while there was a show that focused upon frills.

Till now, it was NYFW Fall 2016 which was considered by many as the most diverse fashion week ever. But the recently held NYFW broke all previous records of diversity. Non white (read Afro American) models walking on the ramp accounted for more than 36% of the models. There wasn't a single runway in which there were not at last two colored models.

For avid fans and fashion enthusiasts always worrying about obese women, this was the first ever fashion week where more than 90 plus sized models participated in the shows. However, most of these models were seen in lines that were specifically targeted at heavy women. The lines that used plus sized models were Elle Addition Torrid and their shows also pulled in large crowds. Designers who used such models were Anna Sui, Michael Kors, and Prabal Gurung.

Transgender models also registered their presence in NYFW in much increased numbers. If there were only 12 such models in NYFW 2016, this time their number increased to an impressive 31. Teddy Quinlivan, a model who only recently declared her transgender status, was in great demand during this fashion week. It is hard to believe but he was the 6th most booked model during the shows in this fashion week.

Who says fashion weeks and ramp walks are only for young women? At this fashion week, no less than 50 women over the ages of 50 made their appearances at one or the other point of the show. Helmut Lang and Tome were the labels who mostly used these women. One fashion house, called Eckhaus Latta, even features a pregnant woman during its show. Stay tuned for what's next.