Prabal Gurung reflects on legacy ahead of 10-year NYFW anniversary (Exclusive)

Prabal Gurung is celebrating a big milestone: This Spring/Summer 2020 New York Fashion Week marks the tenth anniversary of his debut.

In celebration of his legacy and his efforts in continuing to push the fashion industry forward by breaking traditions, Gurung has partnered with The Glenlivet on a variety of initiatives connected to NYFW, forcing him to take a look back at the impact that he's had on the fashion industry -- despite that not being "big on nostalgia."

"It’s a story about an American dream and someone who came here as an immigrant with a dream and a passion to make a name for myself," he told AOL exclusively of his story. "I had grit and kindness from a lot of friends and supporters, but it’s been wonderful. If there’s one emotion and one thought that I’m constantly moved by, it’s one of gratitude -- extreme, immense gratitude that I’m able to do what I love."

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Christian Siriano

“This season's Spring 2020 collection was inspired by modern pop artists Ashley Longshore and Jeff Koons. Their use of playful, bright and bold line inspire unexpected textiles with a hint of surrealism for evening wear that is modern and elegant.” 

Christian Cowan

"This collection is my most personal to date. It is focused on childhood memories of my family in Spain. The women of Moaña who all have a relaxed strength in everything they do."

L’AGENCE

"SS20 reflects a soft feminine tone, with an emphasis on prints and textured fabrics. Suiting plays a must-have in the Spring Collection."

Romeo Hunte

“Business Street; the new uniform” 

Elie Tahari

"The inspiration for the Elie Tahari Spring Summer 2020 collection comes from the streets of Soho in the 70's."

Moon Choi

"This season we played with string and straps, inspired by a spy’s mapping of crime on a board and we also explored parachute construction. As spies use parachutes to disappear from the scene, I pictured a very romantic and delicate parachute dress that the spy might wear, where as they walk the dress increases in volume like a parachute. The wrapping and draping techniques throughout the collection represent how delicate and sensitive spies are, and how lonely they feel once they feel safe from the outside world."

Dennis Basso

"Refined modern and elegant"

LEYII

"The theme of LEYII’s Spring Summer 20 collection is Blossoming Love, demonstrating the beauty of blooming flowers that is reminiscent of a woman falling in love."

I AM CHEN

“SS20 is inspired by California in the 60’s.”

Cong Tri

"Just like little jewels that welcome the new day, dew drops cast the most vivid colors in my garden: the green hue of young leaves; the vibrant tones of flowers; the dark shade of the earth." 

SONGTA

“SS20 is inspired by “uniform fashion” created by middle school students in Shenzhen.”

Tanya Taylor

"Birds of Paradise"

RIZHUO

"Xia, is a unique cultural characteristic of China, with this collection, we wish to seek the transformation of the Xia spirit in a quiet and spiritual state."

Pamella Roland

“Our SS20 collection is a continuation of the luxurious aesthetic and level of quality that Pamella Roland is known for.”

Shoshanna

"The Spring 2020 collection was inspired by the Balearic Islands. Shoshanna focused on texture; introducing new ways to print on cottons, eyelets, and laces. The collection offers vibrant florals, Spanish inspired tile patterns, and reworked vintage prints."

LIE

“LIE Spring Summer 2020 Collection is inspired by UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage of Humanity known as ‘Haenyeo.’"

THREEGUN

“With this SS20 collection, we hope to showcase the strength of Chinese manufacturing.”

All Things Mochi

"The Spring/Summer 2020 collection was inspired by traditional Filipino culture, with emphasis on the art of colorful embroidery, as well as the Pahiyas Festival, which celebrates the farmers’ bountiful harvest."

Audra

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, Be afraid of only standing still.”

SemSem

"The collection is inspired by founder Abeer Al Otaiba’s Egyptian heritage and dramatic style. It is organic and geometric, lucid yet magical. I like the idea that it might capture a beautiful stillness in the midst of movement and chaos.” –Charles Youssef, Design Director

Rebecca Taylor

"This season, I was inspired by an exhibition I visited at the Serpentine gallery in London. The exhibition titled 'Visionary Drawings,' was by Emma Kunz, a Swiss/German artist in the 40’s. I was so inspired by her use and juxtaposition of color in the linear and graphic drawings. She worked solely in graphite and color pencils, mapping out delicate yet geometric lines that she then color blocked in beautiful and unusual color combinations. This inspired the alchemy of color/textures in our spring collection."

Noon by Noor

Describing the Spring 2020 collection, Shaikha Noor Al Khalifa said, "Lightweight fabrics and fluid silhouettes are balanced with bold lively colors that emit confidence.” Shaikha Haya Al Khalifa added, "The details speak volumes as they - literally and figuratively - tie back to the source of our inspiration: Bahraini pearls and seashells."

Claudia Li

"Phase II"

BAJA EAST

“LIVE IN THE HIGHER VIBRATION”

LaQuan Smith

"I will not, not be rich."- Renata Klein 

KAIMIN

"Introspective Prism: Refract different types of self, Mutate desire and identity, Evolve in spirit and form."

Gee x Spectra Design Studio

"A zero-waste and cruelty-free process with the ability to make 3D Printed fashion take part in daily wearable pieces."

MARKGONG 

“Inspired by the film 'Into the Wild', the SS20 collection aims to evoke the feeling of a pleasant and carefree lifestyle.”

Fengyi Tan

Upholding the principle of minimalism, FENGYI TAN takes her Spring/Summer 2020 inspiration of colors incorporating techniques from calligraphy, paintings and porcelain glazes found in the art from the Song Dynasty. Porcelain veins and the then popular pleated skirt from the Song Dynasty were renewed in her designs with the help of modern knitwear techniques.

Bronx and Banco

"SAHARA follows the journey of a beautiful Bedouin with each piece drawing inspiration from self-discovery and our ability to seek out beauty in even the harshest of environments. The Bronx and Banco SS2020 collection borrows tones, textures and splashes of subtle colour from desert landscapes, it’s inhabitants, the silhouettes of a sweeping sand dune, the warmth of an idyllic sunset and our own personal journey towards the oasis.”

BLDWN

“BLDWN's Spring 2020 Collection draws inspiration from the dual nature of Marfa, Texas: One part quiet, West Texas ranching town and the other, an eccentric art community established by the late American artist Donald Judd. We've twisted the American suburban feeling that influenced the collection by pairing classic shapes with clean, modern lines, neutral pops of color and tactile fabrications."

Tadashi Shoji

"Japan, where what if comes true."

Trina Turk

“Breezy beach days inspired by the fantasy of Suzy in Fellini’s ‘Juliet of the Spirits.’"

Laurence & Chico

Laurence & Chico's Spring/Summer 2020 collection is titled "Love Letters To New York" and inspired by New York City through the eyes of Laurence & Chico.

IISE

“For Spring/Summer 2020’, IISE re-imagines itself as a dominating corporate entity in South Korea.”

PH5

“Rebel from Ivy”

3ZM x Luyang By Yanglu

“Mid-Autumn Festival"

CHOCHENG 

“The mystery and the glamour of headscarves and oversized sunglasses.”

GRAVITAS

"Our mission is to catalyze confidence. This collection is about wardrobe MVPs that bring innovation, versatility, and empowerment to our lives. We want you to be the hero – the  MVP – of your story."

ALTERRE

“Join us this Summer for a retro beach party, inspired by the swinging space age on Cocoa Beach”

Mikage Shin 

"Skin and Warmth Collection” came from the Italian great architect, Gio Ponti’s philosophical aesthetics. Even though buildings and architectures were inorganic things, he examined unique surface and structure to make them more playful as if they were vigorously living things."

HIUMAN

HIUMAN drew her Spring/Summer 2020 inspiration from the Qin Dynasty, specifically referencing the color of the period’s famous terracotta warriors. The collection seeks to integrate antiquity with the contemporary period and explore the philosophy behind the Qin Dynasty’s costume culture, with the collection’s color palette divided into three segments referencing the legendary terracotta warriors.

Tribe Alive

"Our fall line is inspired by the desert sunset and clean architecture of the southwest."

Leaf Xia

Leaf Xia's Spring/Summer 2020 collection is focused on the traditional Tang Dynasty aesthetic with a modern feminine edge. Drawing inspiration from the motifs of the period including the peony, koi fish, and traditional paintings of maids, the color palette includes gladiola red, which serves as a strong accent throughout the collection.

S'RA

“Our SS20 collection is inspired by the beauty of one of the temple on Bangkok called 'WAT ARUN', which can be translated to ’Temple of the DAWN.'” - Sarawalee Lusamlit
 

AMNESIA

“For AMNESIA, our capital and home, Budapest, and our country, Hungary are an endless source of inspiration. For the SS20 collection, we used well-known attributes of the Budapest armour, and we designed the pieces of the collection in the trendy colours of our national flag. We built internationally well-know hungaricums into the design as well, but the characteristic black and white striped and dotted looks will also be part of the collection.”

Zero + Maria Cornejo

“The whole idea is to do something creative with things that have had a life before,” says Maria Cornejo. “It’s about making something new and re-imagining things. Re-create, re-imagine, re-cycle. How do we get creative with less?”

AKNVAS

For the AKNVAS spring summer 2020 collection, designer Christian Juul Nielsen is inspired by the 80’s power dressing. Creating beautifully draped tops and dresses out of menswear shirting fabric, Nielsen has continued to establish a world where traditional menswear fabrics are crafted into feminine silhouettes for a strong independent woman. 

Eva Xu

Designer Eva Xu aims to restore the prosperity and inclusiveness of the Late – Qing Dynasty in her Spring/Summer 2020 collection. Redefining classic female costumes in Qing Dynasty with western style, Eva Xu explores new forms of womenswear at the current stage.

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For more from Prabal Gurung ahead of his NYFW show on Sunday, September 8, check out our interview with the designer below, where he talks about pushing the boundaries of fashion, what he aims to accomplish with his runway shows and why he always strives to start a conversation.

For New York Fashion Week this season, you've partnered with The Glenlivet, and in a clip released for the collaboration, you talk about how the brand's new 14 Year Old expression is breaking tradition, which remains in line with what you do as a designer. Can you elaborate a bit more on that?

For me, what the brand stands for and who I am as a designer and person are the same: We like challenging the status quo and we appreciate questioning and changing these narratives. So, both Glenlivet and I value that not just in fashion, but beyond that world. Partnering with them with their ethos and the modernizing of their brand makes it just the perfect match.

I love that you also talked about how your mother asked you growing up how you would impact the world positively. What do you see as your most profound impact on the world? 

It’s really difficult to talk about my own impact without sounding immodest, but the very fact that I’m present, I show up, I talk about it and I challenge the status quo, willing to have this deeper conversation about how the world should look like. But, I would say the more tangible impact is back home [in Nepal] with my foundation, where we focus on educating children and building art centers and built shelters after the earthquake. In seven years we have impacted 30,000 lives back there, so that to me is something quantifiable. As a person of color and minority just showing up and having a conversation in a landscape that, for me, isn’t always available for someone like me is an impact, too.

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Prettiest dresses from NYFW Spring 2019
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Prettiest dresses from NYFW Spring 2019

Rodarte Spring 2019

Rodarte made a triumphant return to fashion week with a glamorous collection. One of our favorites? This pink, strapless A-line pink ball gown, embellished with feathers. 

Lela Rose Spring 2019

Lela Rose never disappoints. This blue floral gowns remains one of our favorites of this season.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2019

Be the belle of the ball with this stunning tiered Carolina Herrera gown. 

Cushnie Spring 2019

Cushnie took the runway in a red-hot collection for the designer's first season without Ochs. 

Jonathan Simkhai Spring 2019

This sorbet yellow creation at Jonathan Simkhai's runway show left us dreaming of spring weddings. 

Jason Wu Spring 2019

Always a red carpet favorite, the designer completely blew us away with this nude gown featuring intricate detailing.

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2019

In true Oscar fashion, this feathery black ball gown shut down the show.

Rodarte Spring 2019

Rodarte heated things up with this lovely off-the-shoulder gown with a wrapped bodice and floral skirt. 

Tadashi Shoji Spring 2019

This metallic long-sleeved creation ranks as one of our favorites from Tadashi Shoji's line

Jason Wu Spring 2019

Jason Wu made our list twice with this stunning baby blue floral silhouette featuring a halter neckline.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: A model walks the runway at the Michael Kors Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show during New York Fashion Week on September 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
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This is also coming on the tenth anniversary of your NYFW debut. Do you ever get to take the time to reflect on that?

Here’s the thing: I’m not big on nostalgia, to be completely honest. I’m always moving forward. This is the tenth anniversary, and it’s going to be twenty years since I’ve been in America. We’re doing a 10-year anniversary book, so I really have to go back and look at what I’ve done. What I realized early on was that success and notoriety and any kind of attention I’m getting isn’t for me. I don’t do this alone, and I have an incredible team that works with me. Beyond that, it’s a story about an American dream and someone who came here as an immigrant with a dream and a passion to make a name for myself. I had grit and kindness from a lot of friends and supporters, but it’s been wonderful. If there’s one emotion and one thought that I’m constantly moved by, it’s one of gratitude -- extreme, immense gratitude that I’m able to do what I love.

What would you say to the version of yourself that existed 10 years ago, knowing everything that’s happened in the last decade?

I would probably say that the dreams and the all the desires you have with this mission will all come true in due time. Just be patient, and don’t be afraid. I would also say that everything’s going o be okay.

I'm going to your show for the first time this weekend. What can someone expect from one of your shows?

When I started my brand, I said that I wanted to create a luxury brand with a soul, and soul to me means the ability to see someone in front of you, validate them and let them know that their existence matters and that is what I wanted to sell. For me, that’s really important. It’s also a celebration. When I joined fashion, if you cared about fashion or looking good, you weren’t necessarily someone with substance and I wanted to change that narrative. Fashion and depth and fashion and substance aren’t mutually exclusive. I wanted to have that conversation, and my show is all about that. It’s a celebration of beauty and hopefully people walk away from there feeling motivated.

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BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece attends the Michael Kors Collection Spring 2020 Runway Show on September 11, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Lawrence Busacca/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Sara Sampaio attends the Michael Kors Collection Spring 2020 Runway Show on September 11, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Lawrence Busacca/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Huma Abedin attends the Michael Kors Collection Spring 2020 Runway Show on September 11, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Nicole Kidman and Anna Wintour attend the Michael Kors Collection Spring 2020 Runway Show on September 11, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Inez and Vinoodh and Vinoodh Matadin attend the Michael Kors Collection Spring 2020 Runway Show on September 11, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Nicole Kidman and Kate Hudson attend the Michael Kors Collection Spring 2020 Runway Show on September 11, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece attends the Michael Kors Collection Spring 2020 Runway Show on September 11, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Lawrence Busacca/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Leo Wu attends the Michael Kors Collection Spring 2020 Runway Show on September 11, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Lawrence Busacca/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Lucy Hale attends the Michael Kors Collection Spring 2020 Runway Show on September 11, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Lawrence Busacca/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Suki Waterhouse and Emily Ratajkowski attend the front row for Proenza Schouler during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Ryan Seacrest attends the front row for Naeem Khan during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Rachel Zoe attends the front row for Proenza Schouler during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Suki Waterhouse attends the front row for Proenza Schouler during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Phoebe Tonkin attends the front row for Proenza Schouler during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: (L-R) Elsa Hosk, Casey Cott and P. J. Tucker attend the front row for Coach 1941 during New York Fashion Week on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Rebecca Laurey attends the Michael Kors Collection Spring 2020 Runway Show on September 11, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Lawrence Busacca/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Barbie Ferreira (R) attends the front row for Coach 1941 during New York Fashion Week on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Casey Cott attends the front row for Coach 1941 during New York Fashion Week on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Michael B. Jordan attends the front row for Coach 1941 during New York Fashion Week on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Barbie Ferreira attends the front row for Coach 1941 during New York Fashion Week on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: (L-R) Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, Tinsley Mortimer and Luann de Lesseps attend the front row for Pamella Rowland during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Katharine McPhee attends the front row for Pamella Rowland during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: (L-R) Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Jasmine Sanders, Devon Windsor and Cara Santana attend the front row for Pamella Rowland during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: (L-R) Dorinda Medley, Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan attend the front row for Pamella Rowland during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Dorinda Medley (L) and Luann de Lesseps attend the front row for Pamella Rowland during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Victoria Justice attends the front row for Pamella Rowland during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Miss J attends the front row for Pamella Rowland during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Nicky Hilton Rothschild attends the front row for Pamella Rowland during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Devon Windsor attends the front row for Pamella Rowland during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: (L-R) Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan attend the front row for Pamella Rowland during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Rosario Dawson attends the front row for Studio 189 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Vanessa Hudgens attends the front row of Carolina Herrera fashion show during New York Fashion Weekon September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Miss J. Alexander and Jay Manuel attend The Blonds x Moulin Rouge! The Musical during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Martha Stewart attends The Blonds x Moulin Rouge! The Musical during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Coco Rocha attends the Anna Sui front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Paris Hilton, Tessa Hilton, and Nicky Hilton attend the Global Fashion Collective II front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Artist Kehlani attends the 3.1 Phillip Lim front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Devon Windsor attends the Jonathan Simkhai front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Derek Blasberg and Bretman Rock attend the Brandon Maxwell Front Row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Model Cindy Bruna and Devon Windsor attend the Jonathan Simkhai front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Brittany Snow attends the Jonathan Simkhai front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Angel Bismark Curiel, Janet Mock and Vanessa Hudgens attend the front row of Carolina Herrera fashion show during New York Fashion Weekon September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Janet Mock, Vanessa Hudgens, Valentina, and Sabrina Elba attend the front row of Carolina Herrera fashion show during New York Fashion Weekon September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Karlie Kloss attends the front row of Carolina Herrera fashion show during New York Fashion Weekon September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Designer Carolina Herrera and model Karlie Kloss attend the front row of Carolina Herrera fashion show during New York Fashion Weekon September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Janet Mock attends the front row of Carolina Herrera fashion show during New York Fashion Weekon September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Danielle Lauder attends the front row of Carolina Herrera fashion show during New York Fashion Weekon September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Steven Kolb and Arianna Huffington attend the front row of Carolina Herrera fashion show during New York Fashion Week on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Cameron Dallas attends the front row of Carolina Herrera fashion show during New York Fashion Weekon September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Hannah Bronfman attends TOMMYNOW New York Fall 2019 - Front Row & Atmosphere at The Apollo Theater on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Meghan Trainor attends TOMMYNOW New York Fall 2019 - Front Row & Atmosphere at The Apollo Theater on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Janet Mock attends the front row of Carolina Herrera fashion show during New York Fashion Weekon September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Steven Kolb and Arianna Huffington attend the front row of Carolina Herrera fashion show during New York Fashion Week on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Gigi Hadid attends TOMMYNOW New York Fall 2019 - Front Row & Atmosphere at The Apollo Theater on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Indya Moore attends TOMMYNOW New York Fall 2019 - Front Row & Atmosphere at The Apollo Theater on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid attend TOMMYNOW New York Fall 2019 - Front Row & Atmosphere at The Apollo Theater on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Bella Hadid attends TOMMYNOW New York Fall 2019 - Front Row & Atmosphere at The Apollo Theater on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Shanina Shaik attends TOMMYNOW New York Fall 2019 - Front Row & Atmosphere at The Apollo Theater on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Kehlani attends TOMMYNOW New York Fall 2019 - Front Row & Atmosphere at The Apollo Theater on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Skai Jackson attends TOMMYNOW New York Fall 2019 - Front Row & Atmosphere at The Apollo Theater on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Hunter Schafer attends TOMMYNOW New York Fall 2019 - Front Row & Atmosphere at The Apollo Theater on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Olivia Palermo attends TOMMYNOW New York Fall 2019 - Front Row & Atmosphere at The Apollo Theater on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Jameela Jamil attends TOMMYNOW New York Fall 2019 - Front Row & Atmosphere at The Apollo Theater on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Suki Waterhouse attends TOMMYNOW New York Fall 2019 - Front Row & Atmosphere at The Apollo Theater on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Barbie Ferreira attends TOMMYNOW New York Fall 2019 - Front Row & Atmosphere at The Apollo Theater on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Akiima, Lily Aldridge, and guest pose for a photo Lily Aldridge parfums launch event at The Bowery Terrace at the Bowery Hotel on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for IMG)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Stella Maxwell and Lily Aldridge pose for a photo during the Lily Aldridge parfums launch event at The Bowery Terrace at the Bowery Hotel on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for IMG)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Martha Hunt poses for a photo during the Lily Aldridge parfums launch event at The Bowery Terrace at the Bowery Hotel on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for IMG)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Georgia Fowler poses for a photo during the Lily Aldridge parfums launch event at The Bowery Terrace at the Bowery Hotel on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for IMG)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: (L-R) Romee Strijd, Taylor Hill, Elsa Hosk and Jasmine Tookes pose for a photo during the Lily Aldridge parfums launch event at The Bowery Terrace at the Bowery Hotel on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for IMG)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Camila Coelho, Brittany Xavier, Caroline Vreeland, and Leighton Meester attend the Prabal Gurung front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Josephine Skriver attends the China Day: Lily front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Olivia Palermo attends the Jason Wu Collection front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 17 on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Adriana Lima and Hannah Bronfman attend the Jason Wu Collection front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 17 on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Hannah Bronfman attends the Jason Wu Collection front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 17 on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Lucy Hale and Linda Cardellini attend the Jason Wu Collection front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 17 on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Danielle Bernstein attends the Prabal Gurung front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Maya Hawke attends Tory Burch NYFW SS20 at the Brooklyn Museum on September 08, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Tory Burch)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: (L-R) Halima Aden, Liya Kebede, and Emily Blunt attend Tory Burch NYFW SS20 at the Brooklyn Museum on September 08, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Tory Burch)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Emily Blunt attends Tory Burch NYFW SS20 at the Brooklyn Museum on September 08, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Tory Burch)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Melissa Satta attends Tory Burch NYFW SS20 at the Brooklyn Museum on September 08, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Tory Burch)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Janet Mock attends Tory Burch NYFW SS20 at the Brooklyn Museum on September 08, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Tory Burch)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Charlotte Lawrence attends Tory Burch NYFW SS20 at the Brooklyn Museum on September 08, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Tory Burch)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Wosun Kim and Rudia Choi attends Tory Burch NYFW SS20 at the Brooklyn Museum on September 08, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Tory Burch)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Leandra Medine attends the Staud Front Row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Carlotta Kohl attends the Staud Front Row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Charlott Cordes attends Tory Burch NYFW SS20 at the Brooklyn Museum on September 08, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Tory Burch)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Mafalda attends Tory Burch NYFW SS20 at the Brooklyn Museum on September 08, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Tory Burch)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Nicole Scherzinger attends Tory Burch NYFW SS20 at the Brooklyn Museum on September 08, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Tory Burch)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Hannah Bronfman attends Tory Burch NYFW SS20 at the Brooklyn Museum on September 08, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Tory Burch)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Patty Hou attends Tory Burch NYFW SS20 at the Brooklyn Museum on September 08, 2019 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Tory Burch)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Delilah Belle Hamlin & Amelia Gray Hamlin attend R13 front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: (L - R) Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lucy Liu and Alicia Silverstone attend the Christian Siriano Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gotham Hall on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Charlie Puth attends R13 front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Cody Simpson attends the Chromat Spring/Summer 2020 front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Chromat)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Brandon Maxwell and Bella Hadid attend the Brandon Maxwell Front Row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Lily Aldridge and Laura Brown attend the Brandon Maxwell Front Row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Lily Aldridge attends the Brandon Maxwell Front Row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Hamish Bowles attends the Brandon Maxwell Front Row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Front Row at the Kate Spade S/S 20 Fashion Show at Elizabeth Street Gardens on September 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Aurora Rose/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Michon Vanas, Alanna Whittaker and Marta Carriedo attend the Chiara Boni front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Lila Moss (L) and Kendall Jenner attend the Longchamp SS20 Runway Show on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Longchamp)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Kate Moss (L) and Lila Moss attend the Longchamp SS20 Runway Show on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Longchamp)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Janet Montgomery attends the Chiara Boni front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Imagesfor NYFW: The Show)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Bojana Krsmanovic attends the Chiara Boni front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Imagesfor NYFW: The Show)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Elizabeth DeLa Piedra attends the Area front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Amanda Steele attends the Area front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Taylor LaShae attends the Area front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Kitty Cash attends the Area front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Model Ashley Graham attends the Christian Siriano show during New York Fashion Week at Gotham Hall on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Alicia Silverstone attends the Christian Siriano show during New York Fashion Week at Gotham Hall on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Kyle Smith and Meghan Trainor attend the Christian Siriano show during New York Fashion Week at Gotham Hall on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Victoria Swarovski attends the Longchamp SS20 Runway Show on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Longchamp)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Linda Cardellini attends the Longchamp SS20 Runway Show on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Longchamp)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Rueben Selby and Maisie Williams attend the Helmut Lang front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Zoë Chao, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Suki Waterhouse, and Calu Rivero attend the Adeam Spring/Summer 2020 Show at West Edge on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Adeam)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Maggie Gyllenhaal attends the Adeam Spring/Summer 2020 Show at West Edge on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Adeam)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Brittany Snow attends the Self-Portrait front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Mendez/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows) (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Danielle Macdonald attends the Kate Spade New York front row during New York Fashion Week at Elizabeth Street Gardens on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Jessica Paster, Lindsey Dupuis Bledsoe, Brittany Snow, Dani Song, Designer Han Chong, Suki Waterhouse, Jamie Chung, Aimee Song and Maggie Q attend Self-Portrait Spring Summer 2020 -Front Row – New York Fashion Week on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Self-Portrait)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Emma Roberts and Katherine Schwarzenegger attends the Kate Spade New York front row during New York Fashion Week at Elizabeth Street Gardens on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Emma Roberts and Katherine Schwarzenegger attends the Kate Spade New York front row during New York Fashion Week at Elizabeth Street Gardens on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Emma Roberts (R) and Julia Garner attend the Kate Spade New York front row during New York Fashion Week at Elizabeth Street Gardens on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Jamie Chung attends Self-Portrait Spring Summer 2020 -Front Row – New York Fashion Week on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Self-Portrait)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz attend the Jeremy Scott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Zhavia Ward, Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk, G-Eazy, Heidi Klum, and Tom Kaulitz attend the Jeremy Scott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Charlotte Lawrence (L) and Coco Rocha attend the Jeremy Scott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Gigi Hadid (L) and Irina Shayk attend the Jeremy Scott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Nicole Scherzinger attends the Jeremy Scott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Coco Rocha and Maye Musk attend the Jeremy Scott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz attends the Jeremy Scott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Julia Garner and Danielle Macdonald attend the Kate Spade New York front row during New York Fashion Week at Elizabeth Street Gardens on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Emma Roberts attends the Kate Spade New York Arrivals during New York Fashion Week at Elizabeth Street Gardens on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Katherine Schwarzenegger attends the Kate Spade New York front row during New York Fashion Week at Elizabeth Street Gardens on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Emma Roberts and Katherine Schwarzenegger attends the Kate Spade New York front row during New York Fashion Week at Elizabeth Street Gardens on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Julia Garner and Sadie Sink attend the Kate Spade New York front row during New York Fashion Week at Elizabeth Street Gardens on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Sadie Sink attends the Kate Spade New York front row during New York Fashion Week at Elizabeth Street Gardens on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: (L-R) Chanel Iman and Katie Holmes sit front row during the Ellie Tahari runway show in Gallery II during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Spring Studios on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Roy Rochlin)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 04: Devon Windsor attends the E! & ELLE NYFW Kick Off Party at The Top of The Standard on September 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: J. Alexander and DJ Cassidy attend Artistix S/S20 front row during New York Fashion Week on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Gigi Hadid (L) and Irina Shayk attend the Jeremy Scott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Tommy Hilfiger, Dee Hilfiger, DJ Cassidy, and J. Alexander attend Artistix S/S20 front row during New York Fashion Week on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Tommy Hilfiger attends Artistix S/S20 front row during New York Fashion Week on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Angela Simmons attends as Cheetos unveiled fan-inspired versions of the #CheetosFlaminHaute look at The House Of Flamin' Haute Runway Show + Style Bar Experience during Fashion Week on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Frito-Lay)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Angela Simmons attends as Cheetos unveiled fan-inspired versions of the #CheetosFlaminHaute look at The House Of Flamin' Haute Runway Show + Style Bar Experience during Fashion Week on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Frito-Lay)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Cambrie Schroder attends the Tadashi Shoji Spring/Summer front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Tadashi Shoji)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Delilah Belle Hamlin attends the Ellie Tahari front row during New York Fashion Week: The Showsat Gallery II at Spring Studios on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Elie Tahari )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Maggie Q attends Self-Portrait Spring Summer 2020 -Front Row – New York Fashion Week on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Self-Portrait)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Anna Kendrick attends the Kate Spade New York front row during New York Fashion Week at Elizabeth Street Gardens on September 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Katie Holmes attends the Ellie Tahari front row during New York Fashion Week: The Showsat Gallery II at Spring Studios on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Elie Tahari )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Delilah Belle Hamlin, Chanel Iman, Katie Holmes, Leslie Sloan, Jamie Chung and Brooks Nader attends the Ellie Tahari front row during New York Fashion Week: The Showsat Gallery II at Spring Studios on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Thadeus Ann Bensimon (L) and Kelly Bensimon attend Elie Tahari Spring / Summer 2020 Runway Show at Gallery II at Spring Studios on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Elie Tahari)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Chanel Iman attends the Ellie Tahari front row during New York Fashion Week: The Showsat Gallery II at Spring Studios on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Elie Tahari )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Kimmy Shields, Angela Simmons and Chantel Riley attend the Tadashi Shoji Spring/Summer front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Tadashi Shoji)
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One of my favorite runway moments of yours was the finale of your F/W 2017 collection, where models all walked out wearing black-and-white statement tees. It was an inspiring, breakout moment for fashion in terms of making social or political commentary in this climate we're in now. What's the importance of making such statements through your work?

Fashion is not an isolated industry. We consume culture, we consume politics and we consume everything that happens around the world. There are options of how you go about it, and there is the option of living in your own bubble, but for me it doesn’t work like that. I like to engage in conversation, because I love what I do. Fashion is my language and my medium and it gives me so much joy, but at the same time it’s a billion-dollar industry that affects the economy and environment and the zeitgeist, so I like to start that conversation. I’m not just making a statement, but it’s more out of curiosity and the desire to learn. No industry, regardless of what it is, [has] rules. Your only rule is to show up and be unafraid to tell the truth and speak the truth, so that’s how I function in the clothes that we make and in the things that we do.

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