A tribute on the runway


Courtesy of Lucy Alderson-Smith ’16

Courtesy of Lucy Alderson-Smith '16
Photos Courtesy of Lucy Alderson-Smith ’16

New York Fashion Week unleashed an array of new trends and styles into New York City September 4 through September 11. From extravagantly patterned gowns to muted tops and bottoms, this year’s Fashion Week showcased some of the world’s most innovative styles for the season to come.
The week overlaps with the anniversary of September 11 each year, filling New Yorkers and spectators with a poignant mix of excitement and melancholy.
“The fashion industry always did an amazing job of embracing September 11,” Czech model and former Victoria’s Secret Angel Karolina Kurkova said.
This year’s New York Fashion Week paid a special tribute to September 11 on Wednesday, September 10, when Jason Wu presented a catwalk show to exhibit his collection of Hugo Boss designs for women at the World Trade Center.
According to fashionunited.com, “The show unfolded on the 54th floor of World Trade Center tower No. 4, just meters from a memorial honoring fallen firefighters and one day before New York pays tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror hijackings.”
Despite its concurrence with an emotional date in national history, fashion week brings models, designers, and trendsetters to New York City from all over the world to experience a week full of beautiful clothes and fashion-forward concepts.
“No one has forgot about 9/11 and the people who gave their life. It was during fashion week that it happened. I lived a few blocks away at the time as a model and I think people in the fashion industry still don’t forget and everybody likes to remember the day in different ways,” Kurkova said.
Like New York Fashion Week 2013, this year’s shows exhibited collections by numerous designers. Well known names included Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, J. Crew, Max Azria, Tory Burch, Vera Wang, and many more.
“[Fashion Week] is definitely very exciting and I’m still a little bit nervous every time I’m about to do a show even though I’ve done it millions of times. It’s always a great experience, though. I like doing runways,” Kurkova said.
Fashion Week offers a glimpse 0f high end designs for lucky attendees, and inspires trends for an entire season. Spectators agree that it is unlike any other week in New York.
“It was an amazing experience to be in New York City during fashion week. Every avenue was packed with people in exotic, high fashion clothing and wild hair colors and accessories. It was like another world,” Convent of the Sacred Heart junior Lucy Alderson-Smith said.
– Alana Galloway, Co-Features Editor