As the Spring 23 season begins, here’s everything you need to know about New York Fashion Week, from lively runway moments and the best shoes to celebrity sightings and star-studded parties.
J.Crew celebrates Brendon Babenzien’s first menswear collection
On Wednesday night, J.Crew celebrated the launch of creative director Brendon Babenzien’s first menswear collection for the company. The festivities took place at the Manhattan Jean’s hot spot and featured a special performance by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Notable guests included Ella Emhoff, daughter of America’s Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and daughter-in-law of US Vice President Kamala Harris, J.Crew Group CEO Libby Wadle and J.Crew Group Chairman of the Board. Crew and director Kevin Ulrich. The special performance was followed by an intimate and private dinner in Indochina with close friends of the brand and Babenzien. In addition to the event, J.Crew officially launched its fall campaign on its website Thursday morning – the collection is now available on JCrew.com to shop, with additional styles continuing to roll out throughout of the season.
Double Take Champions of Adaptive Fashion with Fashion Show
On September 8, the spinal muscular atrophy community teamed up with the non-profit organization Open Style Lab to create a fashion show called Double Take. This show is the first of its kind, utilizing the SMA community throughout the project. SMA is a progressive neuromuscular disease that can impair dexterity, gait and overall strength, making some clothing inaccessible. The show featured clothes designed by Open Style Lab adaptive fashion design fellows, which were designed for members of this community, who even served as models on the show. Some of the pieces included a silver fringed dress with stretch side panels and a suit jacket with a hidden magnetic front closure. “This fashion show is a stepping stone to open the doors not only to fashion, but also to allow people to see that people with disabilities need to be part of every conversation before we can truly be an inclusive and accessible society,” said Sawsan Zakaria, one of the models in the parade.