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3 Takeaways from SS23 NYFW

September 16, 2022
By Sophie Andreesen

With every season further from the infamous Fall 20 shows that foreshadowed the world’s shutdown and the digital presentations during the covid age, fashion weeks’ have regained a sense of normalcy and only proved more of a reason to find celebration in what we wear.

With that said, this past week’s Summer 23 New York Fashion Week gave a glimpse of what life was like pre-pandemic... and, perhaps, with even more excitement.

For the first time in a while, editors and front row guests from around the world definitively made their way to New York to be greeted by leggy models donning fresh silhouettes, a calendar of glamorous parties and an undeniable sense of New York pride stung across every show.

From the trends to the itinerary, here are my 3 takeaways from SS23 NYFW:

1. Designers and brands gave a crash-course in the New York Lifestyle

For better or worse, the city found fashion-week-goers in nearly all five burrows. Gone are the days where shows are consolidated in locales such as Bryant Park, Lincoln Center and, most recently, Spring Studios. Instead designers used their imagination taking their guests to some of the most “New York” destinations while instilling an acute sense of anxiety that can only be described as going from uptown to downtown and back again in traffic while wearing heels. In other words: a normal day in New York.

The creative backdrops took guests from the United Nations building for Prabal Gurung, to the cobblestone streets of Meatpacking for the first “Vogue World”, to the gardens of the Frick Museum for Area.

Vogue World in the Meatpacking District


Prabal Gurung at the United Nations Building


Area at the gardens of the Frick Museum


2. Looks were inspired by New York’s Glory Days

In some way or another, every New York Fashion Week seems to pay homage and find nostalgia in Studio 54, this year was no exception. Some designers, like Tom Ford took the reference quite literally, with a lineup of models decked out in rainbow glitter, metallic platforms, and frizzy curls that defined the 70s in New York.

Others, like Khaite, made nod to the disco-era with head to toe snakeskin ensembles that felt cool and fresh, yet comfortably familiar.

Tom Ford, Look 44


Khaite, Look 5


3. Street Style is having a Renaissance

The rise of social media fashion has given some the impression that the loudest looks are the better. While I’m one to always advocate self expression, it was quite refreshing to find an air of elevation in some of the looks. Amongst a backdrop of neons, and fleeting trends churned out by fast fashion, lux textiles and impeccable tailoring took center stage.

The made-for-Tik-Tok styles felt a bit more palatable with looks that reminisced effortless New York cool girl aesthetics. The key pieces I saw: great denim, the go-with-everything pointed boot and a trusty leather jacket.