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How can you attend New York Fashion Week on a budget?

New York Fashion Week is back! In-person & Virtually, big runways and alternative shows available.

New York Fashion Week is just around the corner and after having last year’s taken away this NYFW will be one to remember. The show dates are September 8 – 12th and will include the magical work of designers such as; Bibhu Mohapatra, Christian Cowan, DUNCAN, Proenza Schouler, and many more! NYFW tickets for VIP experiences such as behind the scenes, private styling and shopping, and front row seats can still be purchased today! However, if you are not in the market for going to NYFW there are some smaller fashion shows we’d like to mention for fashion inspiration on a budget!

Three Alternative Shows

The Rooftop Fashion Show by Urban Fashion Exchange takes place on September 9th on a rooftop in Jersey City, bringing you an array of urban culture and fashion collections from local designers hoping to influence the future of fashion in a positive way.

Exclusive Model Icon Fashion Show by Model Icon Events happening October third in Chicago showcases luxury items from their brand and new designs from four up and coming designers.

On October 9th, The Collective Fashion Show by Penguin Monkey Productions is a virtual fashion show where the designers were all given the same fabric to create their unique looks. The audience members can vote for their favorite designers and models throughout the event and will be able to connect with the fifteen designers through the virtual platform. 

Fashion Shows Go Virtual

Appealing to fashion lovers uncomfortable with traveling, virtual fashion shows are becoming the new way for designers to showcase their looks. In 2020, more designers than ever leaned into the art of virtual runways so anyone could be in the front row. According to CNN Style, the first of these “Insta-shows” was in September 2015 by Misha Nonoo with Zoe Jordan following quickly behind. Instagram then created the Instashoot which collaborates with the fashion houses to make their runway shows accessible to anyone who has the designer’s dedicated Instagram handle. Instashoots are meant to help accentuate runway shows and be used by smaller designers to get their collection out to an audience. These Instashoots have grown into completely virtual fashion shows, some of which are now using a mixture of avatar and human models to show off their designs using new 3 – D technology.  

Here are some truly awe-inspiring virtual shows that you can watch and rewatch from 2021 Spring and Summer Collections!

Moschino’s Spring and Summer 2021 Collection is presented virtually through means of a marionette puppet show. The head designer Jeremy Scott made each garment doll size to fit the marionette’s and even created the front row audience to give the virtual audience the illusion of watching a real fashion show. 

Prada’s Spring and Summer 2021 Womenswear Show includes an interview with Raf Simmons and Miuccia Prada that creates a personal connection between the virtual audience and the designers. The camerawork throughout the virtual show is celebrated for giving the audience in depth looks at details, accessories, and styles the designers created. 

Balmain Spring and Summer 2021 Show is both virtual and in person. However, when Olivier Rousteing, the head designer, heard that many of his front row attendees could not make it to the show he set up television screens where those attendees would regularly be and they watched the show virtually. They continued to also live stream the show on social media for everyone to share in the beauty. 

Thom Browne Spring Women’s and Men’s 2021 Collection is set in the future of 2132 and called the Lunar Games to play off of the Tokyo Olympics this year. Browne creates a gorgeous, movie-like, immersive virtual fashion show that accentuates Dan Levy’s designs but also makes the audience feel as if they are transported to a new world.

We are so thrilled things are opening back up.

 Are you  going to NYFW?  Share your experience with us!   We would love to hear your perspective on the current industry.

Thanks for reading today!

Peace, Love & Blessings.  Britta Cabanos  Founder, Inside Fashion Design

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