NYFW becomes a vitual event


Caitlin O’HalloranContributor

New York Fashion Week has taken a different approach for the second time during this pandemic by switching to virtual mediums for its audience.

“I feel as though the shortened schedule and time allowance puts more of a rush on designers to debut their fall styles and takes away from the creativity aspect of the runway presentation,” speech language pathology major, Taylor Oliver, a graduate student said.

The show started on Feb. 14, showing off numerous designers and their Fall 2021 collections, and ended on Feb. 18.

The New York Fashion Week schedule has been renamed to the “American Collections Calendar” by The Council of Fashion Designers of America chairman, Tom Ford. This is to mirror the growing number of numerous different American designers that will be showcasing their designs later in the season or in places other than New York, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

Despite the pandemic, fashion designers Jason Wu and Rebecca Minkoff held in-person yet socially distanced fashion shows. The event was limited to 16 guests, with temperatures taken and face masks required.

Every designer had a half-hour time period to show off their new collections through the platform the CFDA used, Runway360. All of the shows can be viewed on their nyfw.com website.

“Fashion is something that I’m really interested in, and it kind of sucks that it’s being taken to a virtual platform because of everything that’s going on because I always loved seeing the models walk down the runway in the normal, traditional fashion but I’m happy they’re still having a show at all, amidst the pandemic,” social work major Stacy Foster, a senior said.

Some of the designers that showed their fall 2021 collections were Veronica Beard, Alice + Olivia, Markarian, Tadashi Shoji, Badgley Mischka, Anna Sui, Monse, Adeam, Victor Glemaud, Rodarte, Tanya Taylor, Anne Klein, Dennis Basso, Cinq à Sept, Jonathan Simkhai, Bibhu Mohapatra, Nicole Miller, Rebecca Minkoff and Christian Cowan, according to WWD.

Some well-known designers that did not show their collections included Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Brandon Maxwell, Tommy Hilfiger, Christopher John Rogers, Pyer Moss and Tory Burch.

“It was a little disappointing but still understandable not to see some of those big names show at Fashion Week,” said Oliver. “I feel like people look forward to those designers the most because their brand is so well known and relatable.”

From September to October of 2020, TikTok launched their own event called #TikTokFashionMonth, where they partnered with a variety of fashion companies and hosted two live streams per week, featuring designers like Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and Prada.

Green Day is back with new music. “Here Comes the Shock” is their new music video, released last week on their official YouTube channel. Their new album, “Father of All,” has been released too. The video featured a punk-rock girl leading some exercise-like moves. It starts with the typographic display of “Punk Rock Aerobics with Hilken.”

It added to the visual of the song and enhanced an exciting appeal. Overall, the music video featured the girl doing aerobics exercises as the song played. Some moves mentioned included “Whack Jack,” “Iggy’s Punch” and “You Be the Star Air Guitar.”

I found the video did not go too deep with acting or a back story. But it did definitely express the girl’s personality and physical appearance. She wore two ponytails tied up, bright pink workout clothes and a sparkly fanny pack around the waist.

She was in a room with pink posters hung on a wall as well. It felt like a simple music video setup for “Here Comes the Shock.” Although the energy did go great with the song, as the cardio workout continued throughout the entire video.

I found this was a good tactic to get up and jam out to the rock song. The girl’s moves are easy to follow and the viewer can get a good cardio workout in. I find that to be a clever way to enhance the quality of this new song. The song was short: it is two minutes and thirty-five seconds. This concept felt somewhat new for the band but still portrayed the punk rock visual.

Billie Joe Armstrong, lead guitarist and singer, maintains his rock title to this day. The band has been together since 1985 and does not plan to break up.

“Some of you are asking about Green Day and if there’s anything wrong or if we’re breaking up,” said Billie Joe Armstrong, in a 2018 interview with Billboard.

“The answer is no. I am having fun with some of my friends. I am what you call ‘a musician’. Some people have a hard time calling it that sometimes,” said Armstrong.

Green Day has not lost their marathon of releasing new music. I am not a hardcore fan but upon seeing an upload from their YouTube channel, I felt excited to see them return with more content. I find that the band stayed within their roots of producing their unique beat of rock within the genre.

It is not the exact same feeling you would hear from an older Green Day song. I feel that time has passed, but the new song was okay for the most part. This is not their best song, but it was not the worst either. It still stayed strong within being called a Green Day song for sure. So far, the band has not mentioned any future events for a tour. They had planned on having a huge one last summer but was cancelled due to COVID-19. It had definitely upset many fans nationwide for the most part. They are not calling it quits for music yet. From their latest song, “Here Comes the Shock,” the group is yet to reschedule a tour hopefully and keep producing more music.

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