Aside from the usual “what will I wear and will anybody care?” dilemma that editors, bloggers and street style photographers face each season, a few key developments are destined to preoccupy Big Apple fashion followers over the next eight days.
1. Wang books it to Brooklyn
One of the few people who could move his show from Manhattan to Brooklyn and still draw a crowd is Alexander Wang. And that’s just what New York’s favourite designer son will do this season, setting up his catwalk in a warehouse next to the rough and tumble Brooklyn Navy Yard. Asking if anyone will show up is futile.
2. The blogger ban
Aside from Vogue editor Anna Wintour (who often travels with a pack of bodyguards) and preening C-list celebrities (most likely anyone who has stared in a Real Housewives franchise), the zoo-like atmosphere at New York shows is most often blamed on the throng of fashion bloggers. Some of those independent online outlets beat mainstream publications when it comes to page views and Twitter followers though, so it will be interesting to see how fashion week organizer IMG’s plan to exclude many of them affects the event’s digital buzz.
3. Wu’s the boss
The season’s most talked about new designer-label matchup is Jason Wu’s gig as the creative director for Hugo Boss’s womenswear lineup. That collaboration has led the German brand to stage its fashion show in New York on Feb. 12. The fashion demi-monde will be watching to see how Wu marries the label’s structured, suiting-focused roots with his own contemporary and feminine aesthetic.