New York. The Empire City. A glorious, triumphant, technicolor clash of classic style and fearless iconoclasm – in its people, its art, its architecture, its style, its fashion, its soul. The vibrancy and the fearlessness of New York is expressed in a million different ways every day on the streets of the Five Boroughs… but reaches its apotheosis on the runways of New York Fashion Week.
It’s an ideology that gives the city its life force – and it’s this same irrepressible coming together of quintessential style and bold new ideas that defines the newest incarnation of the world’s most famous fashion bible.
Grazia USA and New York Fashion Week are made for each other. And that is why, of all the places in the world, and of all the times in the year, it should be here, now, that Grazia makes its mark in the United States.
This is a Fashion Week like no other, in a time of unprecedented crisis. The ongoing coronavirus emergency means shows are mostly virtual events this year, with a corresponding effect on the usual social buzz that electrifies the city at this time.
But the same ethos that has seen New York endure other tragedies, other hardships, that same refusal to lie down and take it, that same urge to get up and rebuild bigger, better, stronger, that same unique joie de vivre that defines the city that never sleeps… that’s what makes this year’s Fashion Week special. And that’s why, despite the challenges, Grazia USA is determined to be at the heart of it all.
It’s why we’ve published Gotham: The Rebuild, looking back at the devolution and evolution of the world’s greatest city, and it’s why we secured America’s most exciting young photographer, Quil Lemons, to shoot an exclusive set featured here to honor New York Fashion Week.
New York City has never played hostage to the rule book – and in the face of this latest crisis, it is adapting, evolving and innovating in unprecedented ways. Grazia USA is with it every step of the way. The future is ours to write. Let’s write it together.
Photographer: Quil Lemons
Photo Assistant: Alex Nguyen
Photo Assistant: Matt Yoscary
Stylist: Ron Hart
Stylist Assistant: Daniel Gaines
Hair: Ricky Davii
Makeup: Asami Matsuda
Set Design: Daniel Horowitz
Set Assistant: Adea Lennox
Video Director: Randy Singleton
Photography Director: Ian Crane
EIC: David Thielebeule
Models: Julia Vickers and Tatiana Williams