COLUMN: New York Fashion Week embracing diversity with 2019 exhibitions


Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum appear at the conclusion of the Project Runway fashion show during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 8, 2017, at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Square in New York City. Tribune News Service

Every year, models and fashion designers travel to New York City from all corners of the world for the most infamous week in fashion. 

The New York Fashion Week for the fall/winter 2019 season, which begins Feb. 6, will include some changes that have never been seen on the runway. The biannual event puts fashion ideas center stage for the world to critique and possibly adopt for the new year. Designers from Hong Kong and Indonesia are making appearances in 2019 along with the combination of men’s and women’s clothing on the runway.

This year, the event appears to be embracing diversity with some changes and collections that are redefining the week’s meaning. The exhibition Indonesia Diversity, along with the Indonesia Fashion gallery, will be on display and have a particular emphasis on celebrating Batik. 

Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to cloth. This is either done by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap. The collection emphasizes Batik’s Indonesian roots that have inspired designers around the globe. Indonesia Diversity will present two luxury labels during the show by Kimberly Tandra and Coreta Louise.

New York Fashion Week is typically broken up into two separate weeks, one for women's clothing and the other for men's. However, this year both male and female models will be walking down the runway together, creating a new experience and a more diverse audience. 

Fashion week is one of the busiest times in the industry, and it can be hard to keep track of what is going on. Shows to look out for this season include Fashion Hong Kong and Asia Fashion Collection. 

Fashion Hong Kong, scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Feb. 8, will highlight major Hong Kong fashion designers and labels including Harrison Wong and Anveglosa. Asia Fashion Collection is scheduled for Feb. 9 and will allow designers from across the continent a chance at their own runway debut. Designers from Korea, Japan and Taiwan will be featured at the exhibition.

This year’s New York Fashion Week will be a diverse and innovative event that showcases designers from across the world. No matter what your area of interest is regarding style, take a minute to check out new, diverse styles and see what is new in the world of fashion.

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