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New York Fashion Week is set to make an official comeback this September. After two seasons that have been almost entirely virtual, the new upcoming season will mark the beginning of the physical return of the bi-annual event. The shows will take place on September 8th – 12th and showcase the spring/summer 2022 collections.

The IMG President of Fashion Events and properties, Leslie Russo, announced early this week that they would be taking significant steps to help restore and support the fashion community during the pandemic through creating the IMG Fashion Alliance initiative.

This initiative will unite 11 brands, including Prabal Gurgun, Sergio Hudson, Monse, Brandon Maxwell, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, LaQuan Smith and Markarian, who have agreed to show exclusively in New York until at least 2022.


“The IMG Fashion Alliance was formed with one common objective: celebrate the resilience of New York’s fashion and retail industry as we emerge post-pandemic. There is strength in numbers, and we share and support these designers’ commitment to NYFW as a cornerstone of rebuilding New York’s thriving fashion economy,” states Russo.

Alongside the 11 Fashion Alliance designers, fans are hopeful that many of Fashion Week’s stalwarts – Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Tom Ford – will also be making an appearance. Although these designers are yet to officially confirm their attendance, the 2021 Met Gala (of which Tom Ford is a co-chair) will also be happening in tandem with NYFW, so it is likely that the designers will be in the city.

Tom Ford shares in a letter to the CFDA earlier this month, which hints to him making an appearance, “New York Fashion Week is always a celebration of American fashion, but this will take on a whole new meaning in September. This season’s shows are an opportunity to reaffirm the resilience and independence of American fashion and New York City as a global fashion force.”

Watch this space!