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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: A model walks the runway for Christian Siriano during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 06, 2020 in New York City. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows/AFP

New York Fashion Week 2020: All You Need To Know

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New York Fashion Week started yesterday, Thursday, 6th February 2020, kicking off this year’s catwalk season. Here is everything you need to know about the autumn-winter 2020 shows.


Oscars clash

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.


Guests sit the front row for OQLIQ during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 06, 2020 in New York City. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows/AFP


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.


Notable absentees

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.


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(L-R from 4th L) Kyle Smith, Angela Sarafyan, Alicia Silverstone, Leslie Jones, Heidi Klum, Rachel Bilson, Alexa Chung, Indya Moore and Zhavia Ward attend the Christian Siriano show during New York Fashion Week. Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for IMG/AFP


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.


Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty lingerie collection is also taking a runway break.


Headline grabbers

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.


Coco Rocha walks the runway for Christian Siriano during NYFW 2020. Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows/AFP


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. This season’s lineup includes Sukeina’s Senegalese creator Omar Salam, Grenadian designer Fe Noel, LaQuan Smith and Christopher John Rogers.


Coronavirus fears

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 to 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. However, Chinese fashion houses such as Mukzin and Sheguang Hu have said their parades would go ahead.


An Aerial View of the Christian Siriano show during 2020 NYFW. Photo: Getty Images/Getty Images/AFP


But it’s a moving feast after Chinese fashion houses Angela Chen, Ricostru and Hui cancelled runway appearances at Milan Fashion Week because of the virus.


They said they could not partake in Italy as factory closures stopped them from finishing collections in time. The event begins on February 18 and runs to February 24.


Around 1,000 Chinese buyers, journalists, stylists and other industry staff might also miss the event.


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