New York is the official kick starter to fashion month.
And this pandemic has given small New York City based designers the ability to stand out since many well established designers decided to opt out on presenting during NYFW.
While many of New York’s designers decided to not showcase at New York Fashion Week 2021 F/W (NYFW) or are choosing non-traditional presentation dates outside of the fashion calendar, some designers did do virtual presentations or the standard runway show with social distancing practices.
Below I’m sharing my top 10 Fall 2021 NYFW collections from both up and coming and established designers that made an appearance for the NYFW Fall 2021 shows.
No one does minimalist and well-structured tailoring like Proenza Schouler. I’ve been a fan of the brand for many years, and they never disappoint me.
The label’s Fall 2021 collection is full of monochromatic and color blocking looks, knitwear, earthy colorways, and tailored pieces that are timeless pieces you’d want to wear now and still wear 10 years later.
And I couldn’t help but notice the brand featured Vice President Kamala Harris’s step daughter Ella Emhoff, who was a fashion breakout star at her stepmom’s Inauguration for her sartorial look, as a model.
As one of the most successful Project Runway alumnus, Christian Siriano is one of a handful of New York based designers whose gowns make it down the red carpet on a ton of ‘A list’ celebrities.
Christian’s Fall 2021 collection was full of color, volume, cutouts, and lace gowns with matching face masks. I think it was the tulle gowns that won me over.
With some parts of the US opening up slowing, I wonder if any celebrity will model one of these playful, vibrant gowns to a virtual or in person event.
Ulla Johnson’s collection brought power shoulders, bold prints, big hair, and 70s vibes to NYFW. The green suede trench jacket is now on my wishlist for next fall. Out of 44 looks, I can say not one look disappointed me.
As stated on Tia Adeola’s website, the designer aims to rewrite history through fashion, particularly for people of colour. And the designer’s newest collection is a true reflection of her goals.
Tia made use of feather and sheer, creating a stunning corset shaped head to toe white feathered look and a stunning sheer feather trimmed white jumpsuit. And not only did I love the clothing, the hair and make-up deserve just as much as attention as the collection.
Tia’s collection was a true work of art from the hairstyles to the beautifully crafted garments.
There’s nothing basic about the knitted styles shown at PH5’s presentation. The plaid prints were zigzag and the skirts and dresses had asymmetric hems. And the best thing about this collection is 91% of the collection’s fabric were consciously sourced or recyclable.
Not shying away from color, designer Christian Juul Nielsen collection consisted of soft hues and boxy shaped dresses, overcoats, and tops.
If your wardrobe lacks color during the colder months of the year, this collection is here to add some fun, colorful pieces to the wardrobe.
Knitwear seems to be a continuous trend from 2020 and Bevza’s collection consisted of knitted looks proving comfort chic.
This collection had an array of neutral palettes with a ton of workwear looks that would transition well from daytime to nighttime looks.
The womenswears brand Markarian may be fairly new to showing at NYFW, however the brand quickly became an overnight sensation when the United States new first lady, Dr. Jill Biden wore a custom turquoise tweed coat, matching dress and face mask by Markarian’s designer Alexandra O’Neill for the 2021 Inauguration Day.
Markarian provides romanticism at it’s finest with many of the dresses designed with built in corsets using lace appliquéd satin, brocade, and velvet fabrics.
LaQuan Smith is bringing sexy back with this collection.
The usage of latex was done in a sexy, yet playful and tasteful way that is rare to find. And while the sheer catsuit might be a little too much for me to personally wear, I appreciate the woman who will not be afraid to wear this show stopping number. However, the high split, navy latex pencil skirt is a piece I’d wear in a heartbeat.
New York winters can be brutal and Khaite’s latest collection is setting us up to brave the cold while being fashionable. Khaite collection was filled with a ton of statement coats including a red-hot lacquered leather oversized boxy puffer jacket.
The traditional NYFW was starting to change pre-pandemic, and with the pandemic in full effect has further sped up that transformative change.
The one thing that remains the same are the designers that stay true to their art and transform inspiration into beautifully crafted garments we get to witness during fashion month.