Are Fashion Designers Discontinuing the Catwalk?

"Out with the old, and in with the new" so does that mean the same for the traditional runway show? NYFW is now coming to an end, but what stood out the most was not the latest in furs or footwear, but more like the designers' new and innovative approaches to showcasing their talent. Many designers this week decided to ditch the catwalk entirely and take up a more creative and modern way to show off their latest designs and trends for Fall 2016.

Diane von Furstenburg's HQ, located in the Meat Packing District, turned their in house showroom into a 70's inspired disco fever presentation. The show was set in a staged office complete with dancing models (including supermodels Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, and Lily Aldridge) popping in and out of closed doors and staring into strategically placed mirrors. The show was engaging, highly entertaining, and brought about the loving and fun energy that which DVF claims inspired her to create the "Love Power" collection in the first place.

 

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Photo: Models wearing DVF Fall 2016, Getty Images

 

Another unconventional show that had everyone at NYFW buzzing was Kanye West's sold out Madison Square Garden show for Yeezy Season 3. The sold out show, approximately 20,000 attendees, began with what seemed to be a tent uncovering 1,200 primarily black standstill models (including the legendary Naomi Campbell) in his latest monochromatic designs. Of course, Yeezy, himself was the main act as he also doubled the fashion show into a listening party for his newest album, The Life of Pablo.

 

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Photo: Yeezy Season 3, Getty Images

Other fashion houses such as Mansur Gavriel, Alice and Olivia, Hellesy, and J. Crew have preferred the presentation approach these past few seasons over the traditional runway. The technique allows for fashionistas to have a more up and close view of the merchandise and discuss their preferences and opinions with other attendees, rather than being squished together on an assign-seated bench. Of course, there were plenty of designers that still took on the runway and gave phenomenal shows like Alexander Wang and Michael Kors. Perhaps they will take a cue from their peers and take a chance on a new manner for next season.

 

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Photo: Mansur Gavriel

 

Next stop, London Fashion Week!

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