Political or pretty? First peeks of Raf Simons’ debut collection for Calvin Klein. The brand’s runway show is set for February 10th at New York Fashion Week FW17. Images courtesy of Calvin Klein.

New York Fashion Week is back! From February 9th through 16th, classic names and hot newbie labels will send out an arsenal of models to strut their Fall/Winter 2017 collections down the runway. The talk of the town is Calvin KleinRaf Simons is at the helm and his debut collection as chief creative officer for the brand is sure to change the landscape of commercial fashion. Kanye West is also making waves in the rumor mill. Once again, he scheduled his Yeezy fashion show without consulting the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). He originally slotted his presentation for February 15th at 5pm – a move that would conflict with esteemed label, Marchesa. In response CFDA CEO, Steve Kolb, stated “This behavior is not acceptable and should not be tolerated by the industry.” While we doubt that many would have turned down a Yeezy invite, it seems the rapper may be going through an attitude adjustment for the better – he rescheduled his show for 3pm at Pier 59 studios. However, it still has not been added to the official schedule. Gypsy Sport, Alexander Wang, VFiles, Adam Selman, and Eckhaus Latta are also among the exciting names that will show during the week.

Yeezy Season 4 on Roosevelt Island – the collection and presentation were maligned by critics. Image courtesy of Vogue. 

Valentine’s Day happens during fashion week this year but with everything going on politically the general mood of the city is rebellious, not revelrous. This season will fashion join the new art resistance and present collections that are more rogue than romantic? Will designers use their clothes to make a statement about the Trumpocalypse or will they utilize La La Land-style escapism and retreat into fashion fantasies?

Image courtesy of Forbes/Kelsey Fairhurst.

The CFDA has already decided to take a stand – during NYFW they will be voicing their support for reproductive rights by distributing pink pins that say “Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood. The CFDA hopes that fashion week attendees will rock the pins and that designers send them down the runway. A card will be included with each one that explains Planned Parenthood’s mission, history, significance, and how to get involved. Designer and CFDA member Tracy Reese is the mind behind the initiative, she is joined in support by Proenza Schouler, Diane von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurung, Tory Burch, and Zac Posen.

Check out the schedule for NYFW below.

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