Fashion Editor Caroline Vazzana Talks About New York Fashion Week in The Midst of America In Crisis

Fashion Editor Caroline Vazzana Talks About New York Fashion Week in The Midst of  America In Crisis

Influencing carries on for the beloved editor, stylist, and author despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and heightened racial tensions across the United States.

 By Serena Velarde

 

 Taking on a much different tone this season, Vazzana plans ahead to attend NYFW, be it digital or in-person, following the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s release of the Fashion Calendar for September 2020. She ponders the effects COVID-19 has had on fashion social media influencers, if designers will opt to remain digital after the pandemic, the fashion industry’s response in the wake of the recent police shootings, and even has time to talk trends.

For better reader clarity, the interview is lightly edited.

Fashion Maniac:

So far over 20,000 people in New York City and around 180,000 people in the United States died because of the COVID-19 pandemic; is it even appropriate to have NYFW in the wake of this crisis?

Vazzana:

The CFDA Fashion Calendar came out yesterday, but it does not say what shows are digital and what are in-person. There are a lot of grey areas right now and for me to say yes or no is really hard. There is that magic and that wonder of fashion week, and maybe we could all use some happiness right now, whether it’s just digitally or during a couple socially distanced shows. At the same time, we need to be super safe and smart. We cannot pretend nothing happened and have huge fashion week parties. If NYFW is done properly, respectfully, and people are being safe about it, I think we all could use something to look forward to right now.

Fashion Maniac:

Multiple professional sports teams are currently boycotting their games because of the police shooting of Jacob Blake; what do you think the fashion community should be doing in the wake of the Kenosha, Wisconsin shooting and subsequent protests across the United States?

Vazzana:

In June the fashion industry finally took a stance and it has been a great time for certain voices in the industry to share their stories. Lindsay Peoples from Teen Vogue is starting the Black in Fashion Council, which I think is incredible. I’m excited to see where that goes and to continue to support that. But with that being said, I think during fashion week we need to continue to support young, emerging black designers. That could be done through making sure they are highlighted in the schedule and that we are showing up in-person or watching digitally. We as the fashion community need to be mindful of inclusivity.

Fashion Maniac:

Do you think the COVID-19 pandemic is the beginning of the end for fashion influencers on social media?

Vazzana:

I actually think the opposite because right now people are on their phones more than ever and are consuming so much information. I definitely think that influencers for sure have had to shift their craft. I know that I have had to get more resourceful and creative, especially during the months that we were made to stay inside for so long. We had to make the most of our surroundings and shoot content inside because what else were we going to do? That’s our job and our livelihood. COVID-19 has really been a time for certain fashion influencers to shine on social media, because they have had to show their natural creativity without photographers, hair stylists, makeup artists, equipment etc. While some people might fall off or take a step back, I think the influencers who are truly creative are going to rise through.

Fashion Maniac:

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were some brands and designers that began to have shows outside of fashion week since it was so expensive for them to be a part of the events; Do you think that designers will opt to remain with digital fashion shows after COVID-19 to save money?

Vazzana:

Compared to Europe, NYFW was shrinking already and now with COVID-19, it is going to take a huge hit. I think smaller brands might opt out of NYFW in favor of digital shows, choose to have their show during a random time of year, or have a really small event just for close industry friends. I think that the tried and true namesake brands, such as Tom Ford or Carolina Herrera, will stay and definitely still do shows, but I think smaller brands might just say that they don’t really need it. There also might be an ebb and flow; the next five years might be super slow, and then all of a sudden people may begin to start to have in-person shows again.

Fashion Maniac:

What do your plans look like for this upcoming NYFW?

Vazzana:

I’ve been speaking with my publicist Jordana and we have been trying to make a game plan of connecting with brands that I already have a preexisting relationship with and just seeing what they are planning to do this season. I have received some invites to different events, and we are going in with the mentality that this is definitely a different season and to just try to make the most of whatever comes our way.

Fashion Maniac:

Do you feel comfortable going into large crowds right now?

Vazzana:

If there is an in-person event, I’m definitely going to ask if it is socially distanced, what the seating situation will look like, and of course I will be very smart about it by wearing a mask. If I do go to anything in-person I will have to quarantine two weeks after fashion week. I do not necessarily feel comfortable being in a large crowd right now, but I’m interested to see what’s going to happen this season; especially with participating digitally.

Fashion Maniac:

Do you foresee any trends with face masks this NYFW?

Vazzana:

Hopefully people are going to get creative with their face masks. Right now, face masks are a part of our wardrobe, and they are not going anywhere for at least a little while. I’m spending time trying to match my face masks to my look. I just actually ordered some fun face masks online just in case I am going to anything in-person. Matching your face mask to your look is key because your face mask really becomes an important part of your look.

Fashion Maniac:

Do you foresee any fashion trends from the waist up for people doing video calls?

Vazzana:

Fun tops for sure. Focus on a pop of color or something bright because that is what is going to be able to show across a video meeting. Prints are also a great choice but try to stick with larger prints because again a small print might not pick up as well via video.


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