Consolation and glamor share digital runways for New York Vogue Week

Pandemic damn it, the fashion show has to go on. And so New York Fashion Week is back – albeit in a completely different form.

The grandeur of Fashion Week has seen many changes over the years. A decade ago you really had to go to the shows if you wanted to buy from them – like I do for Gretta Luxe (, my Wellesley boutique – and get a real feel for the clothes and the trends, Not to mention, absorb the energy of the high voltage scene surrounding them.

But in recent years, as the shows themselves have increasingly migrated online, the catwalk offers could be seen just as well – sometimes even better – in online videos, minus all fanfares and soirees. And now that COVID is still looming. In Fall-Winter ’21 NYFW, which started Monday and ends today, almost all of the shows went online. No wonder the vast majority of clothing is focused on comfort, convenience, and greater comfort – with plenty of indications of luxury and a generally optimistic view of getting dressed again by fall, if we were to theoretically wear these clothes.

FEB. Sep. 18, 2021 – Jason Wu. Photo Getty Images

Things started this week with presentations highlighting lounge-y womenswear, inspired by menswear tailoring. Dennis Basso made tons of leisurely pieces out of luxurious materials – cashmere, hooded jackets in plaids, and frayed loose dresses topped with velvet and loose furs. In other words, things that look ultra-casual at first glance, but ultra-luxurious at second glance.

And in Prabal Gurung’s publication we find a deluge of flamenco-like dresses and shorter dresses adorned with polka dots and ruffles galore – all wrapped around a show that was like a “love letter to the city” New York, and all that diversity, creativity and inspiration.

The Adeam presentation features burgundy tunics with puff sleeves, dove gray and light pink knitted sweaters and maxi skirts, as well as a variety of wide leg trousers and draped white cotton shirts and more baggy sweaters.

One of the lines that had to be dressed to the nines was Tadashi Shoji with lace dresses but loose A-line dresses, overalls, metal dresses, and even a suit or two. Ditto Badgley Mischka, another outlier of more elegant options – a presentation full of sequins, more metallic on braided blouses, shift dresses made of mustard and dark blue silk, and gold-colored wraps.

  • FE B. 18, 2021 – Tadashi Shoji. Photo

  • February 18, 2021 – Tadashi Shoji. Photo

  • FEB. 18, 2021 – Badgley Mischka. Photo

  • FEB. 18, 2021 – Badgley Mischka. Photo

  • FEB. Sep. 18, 2021 – Veronica Bart. Photo by Coliena Reentmaster, courtesy Veronica Beard

  • FEB. Sep. 18, 2021 – Veronica Bart. Photo by Coliena Reentmaster, courtesy Veronica Beard

There is now Veronica Beard, one of my favorite design houses, which by the way has just opened a fabulous new boutique here in Boston (145 Newbury St., 617-870-3510). I liked their fall presentation: a mix of casual and sophisticated, weekend-meets-office – all with the flair that the definition leaves to the wearer.

In the meantime, it’s worth noting that Veronica Beard is now launching some extra cozy, undeniably chic, loungewear pieces to get us through the end of winter and spring.

“We’re launching a small capsule of active clothing this month, including an anorak, sports bra and leggings in two different prints – leopard and flowers,” said Veronica Swanson Beard. “Because after the lifestyle change over the past year, we realized the need to expand into more casual and off duty lifestyle pieces that she can wear to workout or around the house and that still feel chic and together.”

For those of us who need a little instant gratification to get through, these pieces can be found at the new Veronica Beard boutique in Boston.

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