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My Fashion Week Postmortem

The Tory Burch SS24 fashion week show.
The Tory Burch SS24 fashion week show. Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images
Lauren Sherman
September 14, 2023

Fewer things have changed in the fashion business, post-pandemic, than industry prognosticators once imagined. Sure, suburban malls are all but dead, but people are still shopping in stores, especially at the high end, where luxury sales have rebounded and then some. Here in New York, fashion week is busier than ever, with more shows, more parties, more dinners. But one thing has changed in fashion. There used to be a sort of seasonal theme to NYFW, a connection between the collections, culturally if not always aesthetically. Maybe it was something happening in society (like Trump), maybe it was a television series or a song or an art show. Now, you rarely detect a link in the backstories.