A model prepares backstage for the Todd Snyder show during New York fashion Week. File Photo/AFP
New York Fashion Week starts on Thursday, kicking off this year's catwalk season. Here is everything you need to know about the autumn-winter 2020 shows.
The 92nd Academy Awards take place on Sunday, bang in the middle of Fashion Week, far from ideal scheduling for an event trying to recover from several underwhelming seasons.
Designers purr when celebrities sit front row at their shows, but actors and actresses are more likely to be in Los Angeles enjoying Hollywood's biggest party of the year than in New York.
Scott Studenberg and Margherita Missoni have opted to showcase their 2020 fall collections in LA instead of the Big Apple, as they try to tap into an Oscar buzz.
Even Tom Ford — chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), which helps run Fashion Week — has plumped for heading out west.
"There is an excitement in LA on that particular weekend and the relationship between film and fashion is a strong one," Ford, 58, told Women's Wear Daily website recently.
Several other famous designers are skipping New York too, despite organizers sticking to a reduced five-day schedule, introduced for September's spring 2020 showpiece, in the hope of attracting big names.
Some commentators had suggested that New York Fashion Week was hot again after the return of high-profile stars such as Tommy Hilfiger last autumn.
However, the momentum appears to have lost steam with loads of top designers choosing to unveil their new collections at London, Paris or Milan instead.
Ralph Lauren, Hilfiger, Jeremy Scott, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, who produced one of the standout shows in September, and Tomo Koizumi are among those missing this week.
A model prepares backstage for the Todd Snyder show during New York Fashion Week. AFP
Rihanna's Savage X Fenty lingerie collection is also taking a runway break.
Despite the absentees, there are certainly enough big names to keep fashionistas happy.
Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang and Oscar de la
Renta are all presenting.
And Rag & Bone, whose show is set to feature AI-generated content, is back at New York Fashion Week for the first time since 2016.
There is also a host of promising young designers that buyers will be keeping an eye on.
Vogue magazine has tipped Kee Kim, Olivia Cheng, Tia Adeola's and Kenneth Nicholson to shine.
Other up-and-comers to watch include Sies Marjan, Eckhaus Latta, Monse, Gabriela Hearst and Brandon Maxwell.
New York diversified in recent years and this season's lineup includes Sukeina's Senegalese creator Omar Salam, Grenadian designer Fe Noel, LaQuan Smith and Christopher John Rogers.
In recent seasons, New York Fashion Week has opened its doors to Chinese designers, who have attracted buyers and social media influencers from China, as it tries tap the lucrative market.
But a cloud hangs over their involvement this year due to the deadly coronavirus.
The CFDA says it has no information about possible show cancellations and Chinese fashion houses such as Mukzin and Sheguang Hu have said their parades would go ahead.
But it's a moving feast after Chinese fashion houses Angela Chen, Ricostru and Hui canceled runway appearances at Milan Fashion Week because of the virus.
They said they could not take part in Italy as factory closures have stopped them from finishing collections in time for the event, which begins on February 18 and runs to February 24.
Around 1,000 Chinese buyers, journalists, stylists and other industry staff are also going to miss the event, Italian officials have said.
Fashion lovers argue that it's not only a business but also a true art, and Christian Siriano made that argument in a literal way on Saturday by bringing an actual artist to his runway, putting the finishing touches on her paintings as models strutted by.
Jason Wu did what few designers dare during New York fashion Week: He put on a live show Sunday with a tiny audience present in the middle of a pandemic.
"Studio 54: Night Magic," a new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, takes visitors past the famously guarded velvet rope of the glam, louche nightclub on Midtown Manhattan's 54th street.
As part of that project in Jabaliya, in the north of the coastal enclave, bulldozers were digging up the sandy soil in order to build new concrete buildings when Ahmad made his discovery.
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More than 100 shows are being held during the week that began Monday as well as scores of speakers who are noted names in the Russian fashion industry.