New York Fashion Week 2021 celebrated the best of the best of American fashion as it has in years past, but this year, designers knew that people were anxiously awaiting the return of international fashion due to the COVID-19 lockdowns from last year. With their Spring/Summer 2022 collections at the ready, designers sent fashion models walking down the runways in colorful and inspired pieces.
Since there were over 91 designers showcasing their designs during NYFW, it’s no surprise that some pieces stood out among the rest. Though not every outfit and model can be showcased, several notable ones simply cannot be ignored.
Take, for example, Aaron Philip. The model made history at Moschino as the first disabled model to showcase for a major luxury fashion brand. She hopes that with this historic moment, she will inspire and empower more global brands on the same level to work toward inclusivity and normalizing disabled people in their showcases. Inclusivity and representation should be genuine rather than tokenism; runways must adequately accommodate disabled models just as major brands should include disabled talent in their showcases.
Meanwhile, Maisie Wilen was in the Boom Boom Room for her NYFW debut. Having started her business in 2019 with the support of Kanye West, creator Maisie Schloss produced several impressive collections; this showcase was no different. Meeting the theme of kitschy Equestrian chic, models wore jockey style shirts and puffy blouses; the show was then closed by German songstress Kim Petras, who entertained the crowd in a lacy babydoll dress, lacy leggings, and a tiara.
Puppets and Puppets took to the runway with a much more delicious collection. In the past, the brand has shown chocolate chip cookie belts and cake hats, so designer Carly Mark stuck with the theme and showcased Wisconsin cheese hats. The hat paid homage to her Midwestern roots. In addition to the hat, Mark designed cheese wedge shoes and a wheel-of-Parm headpiece. Why not?
Many people took to wearing comfortable clothes during the lockdown, with sweatpants being a huge stable of wardrobes globally. Maryam Nassir Zadeh, a New York-based designer, decided to roll with a comfortable design that included a two-tone pair of sweatpants.
On the last day of NYFW, bodywear label Chromat had a pop-up show on Jacob Riis Beach. The beach is popularly known as a destination for the queer, trans, and nonbinary community in New York City, and Chromat’s collection—featuring swim skirts, monokinis, shorts, and swim bottoms with soft package pouches and matching bikini tops—celebrated trans femmes, nonbinary people, and intersex people “who don’t tuck.”
Doaa Dashoush is an experienced businesswoman in the fashion industry. She currently serves as the President and CEO of GFASHION, a global luxury brand currently based in New York City. GFASHION prides themselves on their unique approach to the industry. They don’t follow trends set by others. The Luxury brand focuses on innovative design through their work with the top designers on collections that reflect the company’s craftsmanship.