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New York Fashion Week Is Flush With Experimental Formats

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Much ado has been made of the state of New York Fashion Week: Is it less relevant? Is it better than ever? Is it moving to the summer? Does runway still matter?
Answers to all of those questions are elusive, but one thing is for certain: the fashion calendar is ever changing.
This season is marked by an absence of familiar names in familiar time slots. In addition to those that decamped to Paris last year — Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte and Thom Browne — Public School, Creatures of the Wind and Baja East are absent from the runway calendar. Rihanna’s star power will be missed this season, as Puma has no plans to show a Fenty Puma x Rihanna collection for fall. Rihanna originally signed a three-year contract in December of 2014. It could not be learned if her contract had been renegotiated.
Photos and films are the chosen avenue for many. For the first time since launching Monse in 2015, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim have opted to show their collection via a short film directed by Fabien Constant to be screened at a party on Tuesday in lieu of a runway show. Still, Garcia and Kim aren’t stepping away from the runway

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