New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2022: Moschino, Michael Kors, Coach and more
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It's that time of the year! For the Spring/Summer 2022 season, fashion month kicks off in the Big Apple from September 8 to 11 with a slew of IRL events filled with European names and New York comebacks as the industry gears up for what looks to be one of the busiest schedules post-pandemic. There's a lot going on, we know, and to make everything a bit easier, we'll be updating this page with the shows you want to read about as it goes down.
So lie back, hit refresh and read on for our rolling guide of the latest collections from your favourite brands, how to watch them from home, and the low-down on everything in-between:
When: Friday, September 10 at 2am Malaysia Time
Following AW21's campy fashion film, creative director Jeremy Scott eschews his usual showing in Milan to bring Moschino to his home turf for the current season. An IRL spectacle is set to take place this Friday for afternoon tea in the lush outdoor space of Manhattan's Town Square, Bryant Park. Check back below for the livestream, and post-show for our take on the new collection:
After a two-year digital hiatus, Jeremy Scott returned to the runway with a nostalgia-fuelled, garden-party-inspired Moschino show, titled 'Ladies Who Lunch'. Despite the rain, a triumphant spectacle went on without further ado in the middle of Bryant Park, with the location serving as a homage to his early years in 1990s New York, and back when it was the heart and soul of NYFW.
Serving plenty of Moschino glam with a kindergarten twist, the new collection took fashion's recent obsession with childhood novelties to new heights, showcasing a saccharine selection of short dresses and preppy '60s suit-sets in kitschy candy colours, adorable cartoon motifs and nursery rhymes to remind us of the happy-go-lucky memories of our toddler days.
Joined by the likes of Imaan Hammam, Winnie Harlow and Aaron Rose Philip, the show was opened and closed by model-mum-of-the-moment Gigi Hadid, toting along a baby bottle clutch, which she danced and posed with, and even took a sip from ahead of the finale––no better moment could have marked her first day back at work since giving birth to 11-month-old daughter Khai.
Elsewhere, a fuzzy 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' purse was a scene-stealer amongst the various farmyard animals appearing across the plethora of campy accessories on display, including mismatched charms, stacked bangles, teething rings and bags that double as beach pails.
See every look from the collection here.
When: Friday, September 10 at 10pm Malaysia Time
Michael Kors will also be staging a live, in-person runway show this season. Nothing else has been revealed yet, but the plan is for it to be an intimate one, which will also brought to life virtually via a digital experience that you can watch below. Their AW21 runway featured Naomi Campbell, Irina Shayk and a cavalcade of Broadway legends in a homage to New York's iconic theatre district, and celebration of the brand's 40th anniversary.
Set on a beautiful day in Central Park, the Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2022 show transformed iconic New York City restaurant Tavern on the Green into a runway of modern American romance. It was an intimate affair where guests were able to see the glorious fabrics and details of every look as models strutted around the space to the live soundtrack performed by Broadway star Ariana DeBose.
One trend that stood out was the bra/crop tops. After all, Kendall Jenner opened the show with a sleek black bra top with a matching high-waisted pencil skirt, cinched with a belt, while carrying a bucket bag of red roses. But, it was just the start. What followed was a flurry of baring midriffs and peekaboo cut-outs in varying degrees and placements. Co-ords and matching sets are another common theme, catering between those who love a fun, preppy vibe and those who gravitate towards fierce looks. For some reason, it reminds me of the 2010s when Taylor Swift would sport co-ords, eyelet dresses and lots of midriff-showing. It's the new romantics, indeed.
The choice of fabrics and materials too was something that guests were able to appreciate up-close. From the buttery sheen of leather to shimmery sequins to laser-cut broderie anglaise dresses, you almost want to reach out to feel every piece. But look closer, and what you'll see is Kors's keen eye for sharp tailoring where pieces are flattering for most body shapes—brownie points for including models of different sizes.
Closing the show was Gigi Hadid, fresh from her maternity leave, in a black sequined evening dress with a halter neck and a little window giving a peek of the décolleté. Yes, plunging necklines were a favourite in the collection as well. If anything, the takeaway is that we agree with Kors that the world is in the mood for love after being in constant lockdowns and social distancing. And we can at least dress the part while looking like classic female heroines out of a good rom-com with understated elegance.
Swipe above for some of the swoon-worthy looks from the show, and see the full collection here.
When: Friday, September 11 at 5am Malaysia Time
Not much has been revealed for the #CoachSS22 show but you'll be able to catch it on the brand's Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.Or come back here for the livestream, and then the post-show review and its highlights after.
For Coach, the Spring/Summer 2022 show felt almost like a blast to the past, but this is because a lot of the collection paid tribute to the brand's first designer, Bonnie Cashin. It was retro, young and surprisingly colourful all at once. The key pieces were, of course, the statement outerwear featuring patterns like plaid and houndstooth in bright—some even neon—variations. And for the bold, some came with a matching baseball cap and pencil skirt. Taking a daring step further, large leather jackets with a squarish silhouette and unconventional colours took the runway, showcasing the house's speciality in fine leather craftsmanship.
In addition, the trend of bra tops continues at Coach as well, where it was commonly paired with outerwear for an effortless look. Of course, the love for oversized and comfy dressing was still taken into consideration. Statement T-shirts were worn over flowy plaid skirts or patterned denim shorts. The more retro-inspired pieces came in the form of denim vests and bell-bottom jeans, and straight-cut houndstooth pants.
Several bags were also eyed on the runway but the Buy Now Cashin Carry tote takes the cake for a few fair reasons. Besides taking inspiration from Bonnie Cashin—hence the name, but also the Cashin Carry tote was first introduced in 1969—its strap is made from recycled materials, and it's limited to only 100 bags.
All in all, Stuart Vevers's #CoachSS22 show was delightful. It was different from usual, and though the bold colours and patterns might be daunting for some, it also presents a myriad of ways to play mix-and-match according to the wearer's comfort style. And isn't that what makes fashion fun?
See the full collection here.
When: Sunday, September 12 at 11pm Malaysia Time
Tory Burch's SS22 runway is set to debut with a block party at their newly opened Mercer Street flagship. Check back below to watch the show live.
Tory Burch took to the streets with a Mercer Street block party to showcase her Spring/Summer 2022 collection. Actresses Gemma Chan, Mindy Kaling and model Emily Ratajkowski were in attendance, alongside a handful of the designer's favourite local haunts, including iconic French brasserie Balthazar, Emily Thompson flowers and Mercer Street Books and Records. The businesses set up shop down the street with free treats for all, turning the occasion into a celebration of community.
Over on the runway, a collection of plaid, stripes and unexpected combinations of colours paid tribute to Claire McCardell, the mother of American sportswear and one of the first designers to put a zipper on a dress. With iconic designs such as the Monastic dress and Popover dress, McCardell revolutionised the way women dressed in the '40s and '50s by introducing a new style of practical, energetic femininity. Expanding on last season's city girl tailoring, Burch translated McCardell's then-radical ideas for the contemporary context, coalescing the retro and the modern through easy-wearing silhouettes and a focus on comfort within glamour.
Eyelet dresses and workwear ensembles were cinched at the waist with technical knit corsets, jersey-dropped sashes or belts, while free-flowing skirts and baggy trousers emphasised a freedom of movement. When it came to colour, gorgeous neutrals were juxtaposed against bold primary hues in the form of colour blocking, giving an effortless yet structured vibe to outfits. Elsewhere, delicate topstitching and piping details on a couple of collared jackets and on midriffs added a slight utilitarian touch to the styling.
Finally, to complete each outfit and her focus on long-lasting wearability, Burch reissued two of McCardell's original footwear designs, introducing ankle boots and ballet flats adorned in graphic prints and the brand's double-T logo––ideal for walking across cobbled pavements and beyond.
See the full collection here.
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