New York Fashion Week Remembers September 11

Even fashion brings us together.

It is estimated that one in five Americans knew someone who was killed in the attacks on September 11, 2011. Ten years later, children are growing up without parents, spouses are still adjusting to losing their significant others and people all over the world still react with shock and horror at the thought of such a deliberate act of evil.

The fashion industry is not known, in the grand scheme of things, as something to be taken seriously. It is, however, a serious business. The multi-billion dollar industry seems to be – on the surface – just about fabric, colors, models – frivolity at its finest.

It’s no secret that, every year, September 11th falls during Fashion Week. From a consumer perspective, it always fascinates me to see how the designers who present on this day handle the atmosphere and the weight of remembrance while still trying to conduct what could qualify as an extraordinary day of business.

Grief is rarely fashionable. It is heavy, stubborn and often bleak. It is easy to feel hopeless, helpless and to feel a loss of heart. If one thing can be said about the fashion industry, however, it is that it is not without heart. It is an industry that rises up when needed (Fashion Delivers), supports its young (think the CFDA) and is always
looking forward – why else would designers present collections for seasons months in advance?

Today, wherever you are, I hope you are safe and hopeful. The shows today – DKNY, DVF, Thakoon, etc. – were beautiful and designers found their own ways to pay tribute to the lives lost ten years ago. I’ll be back tomorrow with NYFW updates, but until then, I’m yours in peace.

The above image shows how Donna Karan chose to remind her show’s attendees what the day was really about. Diane von Furstenberg handed out tiny American flags while giving her finale walk.

♥AUTHOR: CLAIRE, Fashion Week Fashionista

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