Yes it’s that time again and who is not excited?!
The Spring 2012 Collections of the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week are upon us and IMG Fashion announced its impressive lineup of designers showing their collections at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park from September 8th-15th 2011. Hundreds of thousands of fashion industry professionals, insiders and VIP’s will descend upon New York City for eight days of shows and presentations by some of the world’s leading fashion designers.
The New York Fashion Week, which historically kicks off the first of the “big four” fashion weeks occurs during the month of February for Autumn/Winter collections, and during September for the Spring/Summer collections.
For those keen on a history lesson, the fashion week was started in 1943 during World War II by well-known fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert, and named Press Week, and continued through the 1950s. Fashion shows continued in New York during the 1960s through 1980s, but were operated by individual American designers. In 1993, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) reorgnized the fashion shows in Bryant Park, which became the the New York Fashion Week of today. CFDA formed the entity 7th on Sixth to manage the fashion week, which was later acquired by IMG, International Management Group.
The fashion week was known as Olympus Fashion Week between 2003 and 2006 when principally sponsored by Olympus of Japan (a camera manufacturer). In 2007, the fashion week became known as Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, when Mercedes-Benz became the principal sponsor.
The New York Fashion Week, Feb. 12-19, 2010 will be the last in Bryant Park Tents, as September 2010 onwards, the show will be moved to the Lincoln Center.
The Milan and Paris fashion weeks (“big four”) are now broken into several shows by category, with the men’s wear collections proceeding the official opening New York shows in January and September.
MSP EDIT : One’s to watch!
Tommy Hilfiger – September 9, 5.30pm | September 11, 8pm
For 25 years, Tommy Hilfiger has brought classic, cool, American apparel to consumers around the world. His designs give time-honored classics a fresh look, and his discerning taste has provided the foundation for the growth of a global brand.
Diesel Black Gold – September 13, 1pm.
Greek born and English based designer Sophia Kokosalaki plays a primary role in the development of the Diesel female high-end collection Diesel Black Gold. Following graduation from Central Saint Martins in London Sophia Kokosalaki began her career collaborating with several international fashion houses. In 1999 she launched her first women’s collection and from the beginning she has been recognized and applauded internationally receiving various rewards (“Best New Designer 2001”, “Art Foundation Award for Fashion 2002”, “Best New Generation Designer 2003” at the British Style Awards, to name but a few). One of Sophia’s greatest accomplishments is the creation of costumes for the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Y-3: September 11, 5pm.
The “Y“ stands for Yohji Yamamoto, the “3“ represents the three signature adidas stripes and the “–“signifies the link between the two. adidas represents sport, Yohji Yamamoto represents design, both symbolize true craftsmanship, and together they have developed the future in sportswear. October 2002 marked the launch of Y-3’s Spring/Summer 2003 men’s and women’s collection. The collaboration between renowned Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto and the authentic sports brand adidas has revolutionized the industry, creating a new category in fashion. With an emphasis on form and movement, Yohji Yamamoto’s signature design aesthetic and Japanese tailoring is combined with adidas’ expertise in sport innovation to provide an unexpected contradiction within one look.
Perry Ellis – Monday, September 12, 7pm.
Born and raised outside of New York City in Nutley, New Jersey, John Crocco spent most of his time in the city inspiring him to attend NYU to study fine arts. John graduated from NYU, Perry Ellis’ alma mater in 1986, ironically the same year of Perry Ellis’ death. Upon graduation, John sought a career in menswear. After learning the business as a buyer, merchandiser, product developer and design executive at several high profile companies, John joined Perry Ellis as Senior Vice President of Design and Merchandising in 2003 and eventually segued into the Creative Director position in 2005.
“I appreciate good design that is timeless, classic and tasteful” explains John. “Good design can be effortless, aesthetically pleasing, and altogether functional – and it doesn’t always have to break the bank”.
J.Crew – September 13, 9.30am.
J.Crew debuted in 1983 with the mailing of its first catalog. Six years later, the company opened a flagship store at New York’s South Street Seaport. Today, the business includes retail and outlet stores nationwide and an ever-growing online and catalog business. J.Crew continues its retail expansion with a series of new specialty boutiques. Two men’s-only stores in downtown Manhattan—The Liquor Store and The Men’s Shop—are filled with a curated selection of J.Crew must-haves, limited-edition items, vintage finds and a suiting shop.
Michael Kors – September 14, 10am.
In 2002, the company launched a full scale men’s collection in response to the critical acclaim received by a capsule menswear line launched in 1997. Mr. Kors began his career in fashion at the age of 19 designing and merchandising a collection for the renowned boutique Lothar’s in New York City. The success of these clothes caught the attention of the fashion press, prompting Kors to strike out on his own. In 1981 the Michael Kors label was formed; since his collection was established, it has never strayed from Kors’ initial vision of chic, luxurious American sportswear.
Ralph Lauren – September 14, 10am-12pm
Ralph Lauren is one of the world’s most innovative design and business leaders, and a cultural icon who has built a multi-billion dollar global brand over the past 40 years. A true fashion icon, Ralph Lauren’s career has spanned four decades that have resulted in numerous unique tributes for his role within the industry. Lauren is the only designer to receive the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) four highest honors – the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award, the Menswear Designer of the Year Award, the Retailer of the Year Award, as well as the CFDA’s Humanitarian Leadership Award.