NYFW Fall 2021 overview: what has changed and why Highlights, designers and trends.

February 18, 2021

New York Fashion Week Fall 2021 kicked off on Valentine’s Day with a shortened schedule ending on the 17th of February. As expected, NYWF was mostly virtual because of COVID-19. But many high-profile brands were absent this season. Also surprising, the fashion week isn’t a week anymore. That is, it’s become more than a month-long since The Row presented its Fall 2021 collection two weeks before NYFW. Additionally, some labels will show at the end of February and even in April. So what exactly is going on, what’s changed in NYFW and why?

What has changed in NYFW

We’re feeling a bit lost with the newly changed NYFW. The designer Tom Ford, chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, announced, that, instead of scheduling an official New York Fashion Week, the organization would publish an American Collections Calendar to promote American designers that show off the calendar and abroad. In other words; the Big Apple may lose its spot as centre-stage of American fashion. If this change happens, we’ll certainly miss the great street style during NYFW.

Why has NYFW changed its schedule?

As the fashion industry becomes more global, many designers choose to show their new collections outside NYFW. Tom Ford, for example, moved his runway shows to the more glamorous Los Angeles. Many fashion brands have followed Ford’s lead because of the celebrity-packed Oscars and Hollywood red-carpets. Others labels moved their shows to Paris or London.

But despite all that’s changed, here’s an overview of New York Fashion Week Fall 2021, so far.

Jason Wu

One of the only two physical shows at the changed NYFW, what Jason Wu designed for fall 2021 are wearable separates to mix and match. Coca-Cola was a partner for the show hence the pleated skirts printed with Coca-Cola bottles, and a red dress with its logo.

  • Jason Wu Coca Cola skirt at NYFW Fall 2021.
  • Jason Wu comfortable knits at the changed NYFW Fall 2021.
  • Coca Cola logo dress at New York Fashion Week.
  • Rocking those Jason Wu red boots!
  • Chic Jason Wu ensemble.
  • Fringed coat.


Batsheva’s romantic dresses in crushed velvet, with ruffles and bows, are comfortable enough to cook yet elevated enough to go out.

  • Batsheva fall 2021 look at NYFW.
  • Batsheva fall 2021 velvet look at NYFW.
  • Batsheva fall 2021 dress.
  • Batsheva fall 2021 crushed velvet dress.
  • Batsheva floral dress and cardigan.
  • Batsheva chic look for NYFW Fall 2021.

Anna Sui

Inspired by Jane Birkin, the Beatles and the psychedelic late ’60s, Anna Sui hasn’t changed her style and presented a whimsical collection at NYFW Fall 2021.

  • Anna Sui Jane Birkin look.
  • Fall 2021 '70s fringed coat at NYFW.
  • Cow-print coat for Fall 2021.
  • Anna Sui boho dress at NYFW Fall 2021.
  • Cow-printed mini dress.
  • Total green look for fall 2021.

Ulla Johnson

Ulla Johnson’s fall 2021 collection was inspired by the ’70s and ’80s. We saw earthy-coloured dresses with Ikat prints worn over animal-print second skins.

  • Ulla Johnson Ikat dress over second skin.
  • Earthy colours at NYFW Fall 2021.
  • Ulla Johnson knitwear and skirt.
  • Voluminous shoulders for fall 2021 at NYFW.
  • Checkered look for fall.

Adam Lippes

Adam Lippes Fall 2021 is cheerful and easy-to-wear, with plenty of comfortable knitted dresses and skirts, as well as oversized tailored jackets.

  • Lavender and yellow fall 2021 look.
  • Adam Lippes Poppy-printed look.
  • Striped knitted dress for fall.
  • Massive statement bow at NYFW Fall 2021.
  • Adam Lippes total red outfit.
  • Adam Lippes fall 2021 outfit.


Markarian, the brand Jill Biden wore on Inauguration Day, presented at NYFW a Fall 2021 collection far from basic.

  • Markarian changed the LBD for NYFW.
  • Coat-dress you don't need to change for NYFW Fall 2021.
  • Brocade pantsuit at the changed NYFW 2021.
  • Gold and black combo for the newly changed NYFW.
  • Elegant look for a night out.
  • Don't change for NYFW, come in your chic pyjamas.

Prabal Gurung

NYFW may have changed, but what Prabal Gurung presented was his usual cool and chic style, with a mainly black, white and red colour palette.

  • Prabal Gurung Red suit and rose brooch.
  • Black and white chic looks at the newly changed NYFW.
  • Red rose printed black dress.
  • Sleek suit at NYFW Fall 2021.
  • Dress with puffy sleeves.
  • Red rose-printed dress by Prabal Gurung for fall 2021.

Title photo by Paul Westlake, courtesy of Adam Lippes.

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