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NYFW: The Editors Have Spoken

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As the Fall Winter 2020 international runway collections kick off in New York this week, three heavyweight fashionistas share their insights on the designers to watch, the trends to take away and how they will be rugging up in style.

Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29, Director of Fashion and Culture

Korn is a journalist, editor, and author of Everybody (Else) Is Perfect: How I Survived Hypocrisy, Beauty, Clicks, and Likesa collection of personal essays that explore sexuality, unrealistic beauty ideals and internet feminism. Korn stepped into her role at R29 late last year from Nylon media where she was EIC, and continues to be a respected advocate for diversity, inclusivity and body positivity. 

The shows I’m most looking forward to are…

Christopher John Rogers, Sies Marjan, Collina Strada, Eckhaus Latta. I like the smaller shows; I feel like they are generally more surprising and interesting. I’m looking forward to the designers who are doing something different this season—Tibi is doing a presentation instead of a runway, for example, and I’m excited to see what that will look like for the brand.  

It’s all about a strong coat moment…

I have a lot of fun long coats in different colors and patterns. I might layer them depending on how freezing it is. And boots! Lots of colorful knee boots. I’m not interested in feeling cold at any point so I’ll be pretty bundled. 

I’m hoping that designers will…

Take a page from Copenhagen and make sustainability the biggest trend—and then make it the new normal. 

NYFW is like a week-long…

Reunion. I love running into former coworkers who I never get to see but miss terribly. 

My best tip is…

Bring enough snacks to share with someone in an Uber. It’s sad to say but I don’t do a lot of eating out during NYFW. It’s mostly running to shows. I pack trail mix and macro bars in my bag every day. 

Kerry Pieri,, Fashion Director 

Pieri (pictured above) has spearheaded Bazaar‘s digital fashion and features content for over eight years, styling and conceptualizing fashion and celebrity shoots and editing the ‘best of’ new season piece. An in-demand style star, Pieri is also a mom, artist and self-confessed interior design lover. 

February shows are hard to dress for because….

It’s so cold. So I just line up some good coats from Arje and Saks Potts and lean into fun accessories from Chanel and Bottega Veneta. 

The trends I’m expecting to see are…

Giant bags, suiting is continuing, chunky shoes, ’90s minimalism, and it’s not a trend in the classical sense but awareness of sustainability would be great to see continue and grow. 

My favorite New York designer right now is…

Cate Holstein. I always love The Row, Proenza Schouler, and Khaite is early but I wouldn’t miss it. I’m also excited to see what Pyer Moss has in store for this season; Kerby Jean-Raymond is super creative and inspiring. 

One of the best things about NYFW is…

Catching up with friends from out of town is always nice. 

I usually get lunch at…

Spring Place. I wish there was more time to go to fun places.

Lauren McCarthy, Nylon Executive Editor

McCarthy joined Nylon, as executive editor late last year as part of the brand’s relaunch. Previously she was the former digital director of W Magazine. Mcarthy is an influential voice in fashion, celebrity, lifestyle and photography.  

During NYFW I love to grab a quick lunch…

Or at least some fries and a glass of wine at Lucien, a French bistro in the East Village. Fries, really, are the common denominator of fashion month. 

I also love the back-to-school feeling of NYFW…

No matter if it’s September or February. It’s the only time of year where it feels acceptable to grab a drink at 2pm with your friends in the industry just because you have 15 minutes to kill before the next show. 

The shows that are always a highlight…

Have an unexpected cast. Last season Batsheva had Kaitlyn Dever, Dianna Agron, and Rory Culkin all walk its law school-themed show. This season I’m hearing Susan Alexandra and Puppets have something special in the works.

I would love to see…

Some great, new takes on the classic leather pant once the women’s collections kick-off. Speaking of pants, the men’s Fall 2020 collections saw plenty of leather come down the runway.

I’ve finally come to the conclusion…

I’m just not a dress person, so this season I’m going to fully commit to great pants and knee-high boots. In February, it’s also all about a really great statement coat. 

WORDS Natasha Silva-Jelly 

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