by Stephen Garner
Willy Chavarria / Photo by Andrew Werner

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), working hand in hand with IMG, released the official New York Fashion Week (NYFW) schedule as part of the American Collections Calendar this week. The shows – which are slated to run from Wednesday, September 8th to Sunday, September 12th – celebrate the much-anticipated return of New York City with in-person shows after two seasons of predominantly digital presentations.

Since Tom Ford was elected chairman of the CFDA in 2019, he made NYFW a priority, shortening the official schedule to five days, and creating the American Collections Calendar to encompass all American designers who show outside of the official NFYW dates. Driven by Ford’s mandate, this is the next step to further position and strengthen NFYW for the future and attract global media and retail.

The September schedule features 91 of the best of American and international fashion talent. The week will kick off with Ulla Johnson and close with Tom Ford. Other highlights include the return to New York City of Thom Browne and Altuzarra, as well as anniversary collections from Carolina Herrera and Rachel Comey. The schedule also features Michael Kors, Gabriela Hearst, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Sergio Hudson, Coach, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Brandon Maxwell, Zero Maria Cornejo, Markarian, Telfar, Khaite, Staud, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Kevan Hall, Victor Glemaud, and Rebecca Minkoff.

And that’s not all. International designers and brands including Moschino by Jeremy Scott, Peter Dundas of Dundas, and Peter Do are joining the New York Fashion Week roster this season. Additional highlights include 2021 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists Hanifa, Willy Chavarria, LaQuan Smith, Eckhaus Latta, KHIRY, Batsheva, Theophilio, Studio 189, House of Aama, and Kenneth Nicholson; New York Men’s Day; and the launch of the IMG Fashion Alliance supporting 11 American designers showing during New York Fashion Week for the next three seasons.

“New York Fashion Week is back with a diverse lineup representative of the future of American fashion,” said Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA. “Our fashion industry has come together as we continue to emerge from the pandemic, and a collaborative spirit is paramount to the success of our creative talents. Working in tandem with IMG has enabled us to present a singular Official New York Fashion Week Schedule of shows and presentations within the American Collections Calendar.”

“As we look forward to this September season, we are proud to come together with the CFDA to support the revitalization of New York Fashion Week,” added Leslie Russo, president of IMG’s Fashion Events and Properties. “It’s time to rebuild, and only together can we ensure New York remains the flourishing fashion capital that it is.”

The American Collections Calendar, CFDA’s response, and support to designers debuting collections outside traditional market week dates, includes the Christian Siriano and Harlem’s Fashion Row runway shows on Tuesday, September 7th.

The shows and presentations will continue to be presented via Runway360, CFDA’s centralized digital hub and business tool to support American fashion brands year-round, especially during New York Fashion’s men’s, women’s, pre-collections, and bridal markets with their domestic and international businesses and global exposure.

The in-person shows will take place in accordance with New York State Heath Guidelines and the CFDA will advise designers and show producers on best practices through an expanded health, wellness, and diversity memo.

View the Official New York Fashion Week Schedule here.