What to Look Forward to at New York Fashion Week SS23

Words by The Folklore Team

Fe Noel AW20, New York Fashion Week

Fashion month is once again upon us, and first on the schedule is New York Fashion Week, which is owned and organized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. NYFW kicks off on Friday September 9th until Wednesday 14th, and the spring/summer 2023 shows promise to be exciting, with more than 100 designers presenting their collections across the city, including Black-owned brands Tia Adeola, Sergio Hudson and LaQuan Smith.

The runway shows and presentations, which will be hosted at Spring Studios as well as other venues across the city, will be attended in person, however, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) will offer livestreams on its digital Runway 360 hub. The CFDA will also be marking its 60th anniversary with the inclusion of diverse and up-and-coming brands on the schedule, reflecting its mission to promote American design talent.

While industry stalwarts such as Tommy Hilfiger, Fendi and Proenza Schouler will be taking to the runway, this New York Fashion Week will also see first-time presentations from the finalists of this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, with Fe Noel, Sukeina and Black Boy Knits among those making appearances this year. The latter was recently announced as the winner of the 2022 DHL Logistics in Fashion Award and $15,000 prize, as selected by DHL and the CFDA. Founded by Togo-born Jacques Agbobly during the pandemic in 2020, Black Boy Knits creates made-to-order knitwear pieces that are designed to emphasize Black, queer and immigrant narratives.

Sukeina, the brainchild of designer Omar Salam, is known for its high-octane, dramatic tailoring that feature statement details and cultural references to the West African region, in a nod to the designer’s Senegalese background, while Felisha Noel’s brand Fe Noel is influenced by the designer’s Grenadian heritage, so you can expect a collection offering sophisticated glamor infused with a quiet sensuality.

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