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Airpals' Guide to New York Fashion Week 2023

Discover what makes NYFW a global fashion phenomenon. Explore designers, trends, and what to expect at the 2023 New York Fashion Week. Don't miss your chance to be in the know!
Sep 06, 2023

As NYFW approaches, Airpals delves into the world of fashion and its cultural impact on our city. Working as a courier service in NYC for various fashion designers, runway production companies, and stylists, we've gained privileged insight into the dynamic nature of the industry and its influence on what is considered one of the world's fashion capitals.

Can you feel it all around you? Can you sense it in the air? It's September in New York City—the transitional moment that blends the languid, sun-soaked days of summer with the promise of autumn's crisp chill. The leaves flirt with the idea of painting the cityscape in hues of gold and auburn. The light is perfect, and the wind is gentle. It feels like a great moment to let your creative self have a little fun and start taking pictures. It's also the time of year when fashion-forward individuals swap their airy sundresses for something a bit more structured yet irresistibly voguish.

Enter New York Fashion Week (NYFW) 2023, the biannual metropolitan phenomenon that not only paves the sartorial avenues of the future but also cements the reigning trends of the day—all while adding an extra layer of fabulousness to the Big Apple's already glittering streets. As I said before, get that camera ready and let the film roll, because this month every sidewalk is a catwalk, and anyone who dares to try becomes a supermodel.

"If you can't be better than your competition, just dress better" Anna Wintour once quipped, giving a nod to the enduring power of fashion. This notion suggests that the true power comes from oneself and that dressing up is more than a mere look—it's a way to make a statement. And is there a locale more fitting for your couture debut than New York City? A backdrop where the very air seems to pulse with a palpable sense of drama and spectacle? For fledgling and established designers alike, NYFW is nothing short of fashion's World Cup; for models, it's the runway equivalent of Wimbledon; and for the constellation of buyers, influencers, and media personnel, consider it their annual ‘Met Gala,’ replete with an intoxicating blend of sartorial innovation and industry-shaking discussions. This series of events, like fashion itself, has something for everyone. You just need to dare to try.

The gravitational pull of NYFW is not confined to Manhattan's city limits—it reverberates across the planet. Fashion mavens from the neon streets of Tokyo to the elegant boutiques of Milan are all eyes and ears for what the Big Apple has to offer. "New York is the initiator. It birthed the concept of sportswear; it's where streetwear found its niche," remarks Anna Wintour. Trends don't just come alive in New York; they virtually explode, disseminating their infectious energy globally on wings of assured style and swagger. The true influencers know where to be and when to be there. That's why they all gather to create and connect at this year's NYFW.

The cultural ecosphere enveloping NYFW is a riveting cocktail of artistry, business acumen, and stardom. For instance, have you ever wondered why the first-ever NYFW was dubbed "Press Week"? It was conceived in 1943 as a strategy to divert attention from Parisian fashion during World War II. Or how about the trivia that Calvin Klein, the epitome of American minimalistic chic, launched his career at NYFW with garments crafted from an eye-watering $10,000 worth of coins? NYFW is not just an event to showcase clothes; it's a moment in history that brings all art forms together under the same roof for creative interactions and inspirational visions. It transcends its guise as a mere parade of fabrics and silhouettes. It stands as an electrifying intersection where culture, ingenuity, and commerce dance in a high-stakes ballet, in real-time and right before your eyes. It accentuates New York's role as a trend-defining powerhouse and amplifies its global relevance. From the virtuoso designers sculpting these mobile masterpieces to the chiseled models who lend them kinetic beauty, from the photographers immortalizing each ensemble to the writers decoding the lexicon of style for the public—NYFW serves as an exuberant homage to the pluralistic and ceaselessly transformative spirit of fashion. It's not solely a New York event; it's an international sensation and a multinational playground of creativity. After all, in this city—where dreams are woven into the very fabric of its identity—if you manage to stand out here, you'll become a global icon, even if you're navigating the concrete jungle in six-inch Louboutins.

Now that you understand what we're talking about, it's time to experience it firsthand. As has been the case in the past, Spring Studios at 50 Varick Street is functioning as the main headquarters for this season's Fashion Week. However, various designers will also host their own runway shows throughout NYC. There will be both industry-specific shows and public shows. While industry shows are limited to select stores and press members, you might be able to snag tickets to some of the public shows. NYFW will also curate their own designer packages, available for purchase on their website. These packages include VIP experiences like itinerary planning, a seat in the front row, and meet-and-greet events. Keep in mind that the price tag for these perks is quite high. If you can't make it in person, you can still catch some of the best looks from Fashion Week through the Runway 360 digital hub, where all runways will be streamed. You can find the full schedule right here.

With 74 runway shows slated for NYFW this year, there are many brands to watch out for. Here are some of the brands hosting shows, listed in alphabetical order:

  • Altuzarra
  • Anna Sui
  • AREA
  • Batsheva
  • Brandon Maxwell
  • Carolina Herrera
  • Coach
  • Collina Strada
  • Dion Lee
  • Eckhaus Latta
  • Elena Velez
  • Gabriela Hearst
  • Jason Wu Collection
  • LaQuan Smith
  • Michael Kors
  • Palomo Spain
  • Prabal Gurung
  • Proenza Schouler
  • Puppets & Puppets
  • Sergio Hudson
  • Simkhai
  • Sukeina
  • Tory Burch
  • Ulla Johnson
  • Who Decides War
  • Willy Chavarria, among others.

A few brands, in particular, have caught our eye, including Ralph Lauren (in his first NYFW since September 2019), LUAR (closing out NYFW with the very last show), and Helmut Lang (featuring Peter Do’s debut show as creative director).

If you want a more comprehensive list, don't hesitate to check out the full NYFW schedule.

So, are you ready to experience NYFW like a pro? Are you prepared to become the next viral sensation, with your looks seen around the world? Use Airpals courier service to ensure you have everything you need for those stunning pictures, exactly when you need it. Book now!