Highlights of the September 2022 New York Fashion Week
An Inside Look to New York City’s Hottest Style Week of the Year
Each fall, celebrities, models, and influencers from across the world all make the journey to New York City, where the streets are filled with hundreds of people dressed their very best for New York Fashion Week. This five-day event is packed tight with fashion shows, presentations, and parties, making for a busy week of style. Each September, designers show off their collections for the upcoming spring, and audience members wear their very best as well, attempting to become the new trendsetters for the upcoming seasons. Two of the most popular shows this September were the Tommy Hilfiger and the Tom Ford shows. Both designers have held spots at New York Fashion Week for decades, yet still bring enough show-stopping designs each season to keep the audience coming back for more.
While it did rain during the entirety of the Hilfiger show, that did not stop top celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner, and Lisa Rinna from watching the entire show. Even the runway was star-studded with models Julia Fox, Lila Moss, and Ashley Graham. To present his collection, Hilfiger designed a runway and set inspired by artist Andy Warhol, complete with screen-printing stations. His collection featured classic pieces that were slightly altered—Puffer jackets were made even larger, cardigans were oversized, and shirts were made longer. The most eye-catching pieces in the collection, however, were the bold monogrammed prints that were seen on jackets, jumpsuits, sweaters, dresses, tights, and more.
Tom Ford’s show was held downtown on Vesey Street in the city. Ford closed out the fashion week with his glitz-covered collection, which included ’80s inspired pieces decked out in sparkles. His grand finale featured the most studded piece of them all, however. Unlike most shows in which there is a final walk showcasing all the pieces one final time, Ford’s finale just featured one model. She wore a floor-length gold and silver glitter turtleneck gown, with her dark hair braided up into what resembled a crown.
Many designers stated that this September’s New York Fashion Week was an incredibly special one, as they feel it was not disturbed by COVID-19 like the past two years of shows have been. February’s New York Fashion week was disrupted by the Omicron strain of the coronavirus, but this September’s COVID numbers have been stable, allowing for larger audiences to be present during shows.
Returning the Art
27 Artifacts Seized from the Met
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, several search warrants have recently been carried out under the pretext of looting. Authorities have ordered the museum to return dozens of objects that were illegally imported into the country from abroad, estimated to be worth around 13 million dollars. These objects serve as a reminder of the glories of ancient civilizations such as Rome, Greece, and Egypt.
According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, these artifacts will be returned to their respective countries of origin, as they were wrongfully displaced. “We have two repatriation ceremonies next week, one with Italy and one with Egypt,” a spokesperson said. “Fifty-eight objects will go back to Italy, twenty-one from the Met. Sixteen to Egypt, six from the Met.” Braggs did not reveal where the other artifacts were seized from, but they will be returned in the Reparations Ceremony alongside those from the Met as an effort to make amends.
Some of these items have found their way to individuals that have long-standing accusations of illegally trafficking antiques, such as Gianfranco Becchina, who ran a private gallery in Switzerland for decades. Eight artifacts seized from the Met were acquired directly by Becchina himself, in addition to a total of 6,300 artifacts being confiscated from his possession in 2011. Authorities have warned that many relics are still in the hands of thieves and dealers around the world, as law enforcement has expedited its efforts against the illegal sale of ancient artifacts. However, most of the artifacts from the Met were taken from their homelands long before the underground galleries of today existed.
The ongoing investigation has already led to the repatriation of over 2,000 objects, with no intention of slowing down. The efforts to return historical artifacts to their countries of origin has been ongoing for several years now, as rising awareness of international art crime has opened many museums to intense scrutiny. “The norms of collecting have changed significantly in recent decades,” the museum said, “and The Met’s policies and procedures in this regard have been under constant review over the past 20 years.”
A terra-cotta kylix, or a drinking cup, from 470 B.C. was one of the most significant pieces among the artifacts that were seized from the Met. Valued at $1.2 million, it was purchased directly from Becchina’s illegal gallery in 1979. This item is predated by a gifted terra-cotta statuette of a Greek goddess traced back to around 400 B.C., which is valued at $400,000.
In 2021, three pieces of African art, including two brass plaques made in Benin around the 16th century, were repatriated to Nigeria. European museums were the first to begin returning irreplaceable African antiques to their countries of origin that were looted during colonial times, which influenced the Met to follow suit. Cambodia also welcomed back 30 antiques from New York officials in August, including a 10th-century Khmer sculptural “masterpiece” that had been lost. This post-colonial era of reparations will hopefully return autonomy to these nations that were destroyed by conquest and imperialism.