New York Fashion Week may lack some of the big names this time around, but it managed to serve up delightful designs all the same.
Without Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger or Ralph Lauren, there were still plenty to see – despite the absence of runway shows (physical or digital) for some labels.
In order to help American designers hang on, the Council Of Fashion Designers Of America (CFDA) invested in a new platform – named Runway360 – that is accessible to designers for free and lets fashion houses show their collections.
But even without in-person shows, "fashion is a business, and fashion week is a platform for designers to do business," CFDA CEO Steven Kolb said.
Crucially, "fashion week is about jobs... it's about people's livelihoods. It's about moving forward, but cautiously, with safety in mind," he added.
The message is clear. No matter what happens, the show must go on. And a large number of designers delivered – even if it means releasing just a lookbook.
Scroll through the gallery below and check out some of the highlights from the Spring/Summer 2021 New York Fashion Week.
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