After a year of virtual shows fashion is slowly returning to IRL events. In New York, the Council of Fashion Designers of America has announced a mixed format, physical and digital fashion fashion week planned for September 8 through September 12, 2021. With the COVID-19 vaccines currently available to all New Yorkers over 16 and life edging back to normal with restaurants, gyms, and sporting events reopening, the feeling in the city is that Fashion Week might include at least a few in-person happenings.
If that’s not enough to make you feel a small buzz of excitement, consider this: Kerby Jean-Raymond’s Pyer Moss will be back on the NYFW schedule after a two year absence. The brand set a precedent with its trio of shows under the “American, Also” banner: The first was accompanied by a soundtrack of Gil Scott-Heron’s “Home is Where the Hatred Is,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” sung by a choir; the second took place in Weeksville, Brooklyn, one of the first free Black communities in the U.S., and featured a collaboration with the painter Derrick Adams; and the final chapter was set at Kings Theatre, paying homage to Black musicians. Jean-Raymond hasn’t shared any details, but it will no doubt be the show to be at.
After a five-day Fashion Week, September 13 will see the return of the Met Gala. Part one of the Costume Institute’s new two-part exhibition of American fashion, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” will examine the work of contemporary designers, Pyer Moss’s Kerby Jean-Raymond included. Even with a slightly smaller guest list, all eyes will be on the gala’s red carpet. As HF Twitter Met Gala co-founder Chloe Kennedy put it on Twitter: “NYFW … Pyer Moss … Met Gala … this is my triathlon.” American fashion week is back, baby.