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New York Fashion Week: Exclusive Meets Inclusive

New York Fashion Week: Exclusive Meets Inclusive

Inclusivity is a hot topic these days when it comes to fashion. So how does that jive with New York Fashion Week which is, what few would deny, one of the most exclusive events around? Attended by A-listers, publishers, publicists and the just plain inapposite rich, NYFW might be second only to the Met Gala in terms of exclusivity.

The average fashion-lover will find it hard to get into NYFW shows as tickets are hard to find and often pricey.

Some shows are not even open to the public; they’re only for people with connections in the industry. Those tickets are on a who-you-know basis. A truth which remains a solid fact, despite all the press and designers getting woke with the inclusivity program.

So, where was I at? Back to inclusivity… Whether you’re a fan of Rhianna’s music or not, one thing I hope we can all get behind is her move to make her fashion show not only more inclusive in terms of its selection of models but also more accessible to the public. Her 2nd annual Savage X Fenty show officially presented at NYFW yesterday. You can find it starting September 20th on Amazon Prime. Like last year’s Savage X Fenty show, it was a sight to behold. A body-inclusive extravaganza with dancers, contortionists and pregnant models (which streamed LIVE on YouTube, the first round).

Impressed, I would like to provide an update to my launch article “NYFW Launch Party: Rhianna Gets it Right with Fenty”. Rhianna, you got it right… period.

Rhianna’s market savvy right-moves of giving people full access to the Savage X Fenty Show without the need for an insider connection or privilege are long overdue. It doesn’t make me a savant to predict that this online access to NYFW will be more abundant next season.

As for this season, I’ve modestly enjoyed a few Spring 2020 collections in what will likely become known as the old fashioned way (aghast… in person.) Fashion Week kicked off September 4-11 with a performance by Telfor and closed with a colorful, shimmering Marc Jacobs show. Other designers who showed include Jeremy Scott, Khaite, Ulla Johnson, Christopher John Rogers, Christian Siriano, Brandon Maxwell, Tory Burch, Tibi, Jason Wu, Jonathan Simkhai, Anna Sui, Carolina Herrera, Christian Cowan, Proenza Schouler and Michael Kors, among others.

But the show that most caught my attention this season was the Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya show at the Apollo.

What an inspiration to see well-established, classic Tommy Hilfiger pairing with young, bold Zendaya. They made for a perfect duo. This was the second year the two have teamed up. Last year, they showed together in Paris; this year, they brought their TOMMYXZENDAYA line home to the iconic Apollo Theater in Harlem.

"Zendaya's desire to bring TommyNow to Harlem felt like an amazing next step in expressing her vision for the future," Hilfiger said in a press release. "Her statement-making point of view in everything she does is what makes her such an inspiring collaborator – it is an honor to continue to provide her with a platform in the fashion industry to share this."

TOMMYXZENDAYA’s theme “Be strong, be powerful, be yourself” is inspired by power dressers icons of the 70s and 80s.

The show certainly delivered by continuing its themes of inclusivity, diversity and empowerment that have been seen in prior shows. The polkadots and python print were, of course, quite interesting. But it was the velvet pant suit in burgundy with silken scarf that stole my heart. Pair that with a fragrance from the new woke, accessible luxury perfume house, KIERIN NYC, like NITRO NOIR… and the sex appeal would be palpable. Impossible to resist…. (ps: note to self!)

Never before has it been easier to get a front row seat to bear witness to the splendor that is NYFW.

You won’t need to be on the A-list, the cousin of an oil baron or a member of the Illuminati to enjoy these upcoming semi-annual events. Held every February and September, featuring new talent as well as famous and established brands, in your kitchen. You won’t need to get on a plane or even get dressed; and all you’ll need to access these iconic events is You Tube or Amazon Prime membership (which, last count, had over 100 million members with no cap. That’s about as inclusive as it gets!)

But for those who seek the in-person experience, my advice is to start your stake-out early. The best place to buy tickets to the few public shows available (they sell out) can be found at the NYFW tickets site.

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