FOUR THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THAT HAPPENED AT New York Fashion Week
If you’re still gushing over Instagram photos and reading recaps from the Spring 2018 collections that debuted at New York Fashion Week (NYFW), you’re not alone. And if you happen to love the business side of the industry just as much as the fashion side, this year’s shows demonstrated some ways that the course of the fashion business is changing, from runway to ready-to-wear.
1. Diversity: The Fashion Spot’s Diversity Report has stellar stats to prove how diverse the Spring 2018 shows truly were. For the first time in NYFW history, every runway featured at least two models of color, and the percentage of nonwhite models reached an all-time high of 36.9 percent. This means the fashion industry is starting to invest in more kinds of people, which is important socially and economically.
2. Inclusive sizing: The industry standard is changing with the inclusion of plus-size collections on the runway (and, therefore, more plus-size models). Plus-size retailer Torrid made history as the first plus-size brand to host its own show at NYFW—and the space is becoming increasingly popular as the list of designers creating plus-size threads grows. While this market segment isn’t new, all business-savvy fashionistas should keep an eye on it.
3. Designer collaboration: This is where the runway meets ready-to-wear (RTW). We saw a lot of collaboration, with RTW brands teaming up with the high-end labels to create looks that have already transitioned from the runway to the retailer, like the Jonathan Simkhai x Reebok high tops. With so many fashion-forward eyes on NYFW, it’s a great move for brands to create partnerships on items that can be shopped ASAP.
4. Rihanna, obviously: Rihanna’s show created a lot of buzz going into NYFW, and it exceeded expectations among those within the industry. Though it wasn’t her first time presenting, Rihanna continues to blur the lines and offer a sense of creativity that perhaps only a Grammy-winner could bring to a runway show. Pop culture's influence on fashion grows ever bigger.
PS: The best part of all things NYFW is that LIM College students volunteer every year—getting hands-on experience at one of the biggest fashion events NYC has to offer. Want to get in on the action? We'll send you some info.