“I’ve never seen a fashion show before,” said Jody Noyes, 25, as she walked around the outdoor dressing room in her downtown Manhattan home on a recent Sunday.
“It’s really cool.
We can’t wait to see what they do.”
It’s a sentiment shared by a host of women I spoke to, from designers, to designers, and fashion editors alike, who said they are already looking forward to a week of fashion shows.
“I’m looking forward every single day to it,” said one of the more experienced women I talked to, the designer and editor of a fashion magazine in New York, who asked to be identified by her first name, Amy.
“We’re going to be watching so many of the shows.”
I met Amy and her fellow editors at the New York offices of New York magazine, the country’s oldest fashion magazine.
The New York office is the same one where I first covered the fashion industry for The Wall St. Journal, and the editors and designers here are in the same league as the editors in London, Paris, London, and Milan.
The fashion industry has long been a highly competitive field, with the likes of Victoria’s Secret and Givenchy pushing boundaries to the point of obsolescence.
But in the last few years, fashion’s dominance has been reversed.
While the industry’s share of global retail sales increased by 2.5 percent in 2016, it lost out to fashion’s rivals such as Nike and Burberry, according to a study by the Oxford Institute of Fashion.
“This is really about getting to the tipping point,” said Rachel Crouch, executive director of the International Fashion Week, a nonprofit group that brings together designers, retailers, and brands to showcase their latest trends.
“You’ve got to be the king or queen of your own domain to compete in the marketplace.”
To be sure, the fashion world’s current dominance is still the exception rather than the rule.
The traditional fashion industry is struggling to keep pace with technological advancements and growing consumer demand, particularly among young people, who have turned to the internet for a range of fashion-related products.
But that doesn’t mean fashion has lost its ability to influence the fashion-industry zeitgeist.
“The big trend is the trend,” said Crouch.
“And the fashion that I see is the fashion you’re going in for.”
In some ways, it’s been that way for years.
The industry has grown so fast that it now has nearly 1,000 companies, according the National Association of Manufacturers, with many of them competing for customers with varying degrees of success.
(The National Retail Federation estimates that the fashion market has more than doubled since the 1970s.)
But while that growth has led to a plethora of trends, the industry hasn’t always been the way it is today.
And while the trends of the past were dominated by couture and fine fabrics, those trends aren’t nearly as prevalent as they are today.
In fact, the current fashion industry isn’t nearly what it was 10 years ago.
“Today’s fashion is so much more global and has global brands,” said Emily Tilly, the president of the Fashion Industry Association, a trade group.
“But in the past it was all about women and girls and being more fashionable.
Today it’s about women.
I think we’re in the midst of a big paradigm shift.”
I spent a week on the show floor at the Tribeca Fashion Week on Saturday, and while the designers and editors were all dressed to the nines, they were also all in awe of the new designers they were seeing, even as they were doing their best to be as authentic as possible.
The main difference, I discovered, is that the new wave of designers are much more likely to be female.
While women make up the majority of fashion designers, they are more than half of the fashion design workforce and are making up over half of all fashion jobs, according a 2015 study by L’Oréal Paris.
I walked the runway with a handful of women from several brands, including Victoria’s, Givenchy, Burberry and Prada.
One of the designers I met wore a floral dress that looked like it was printed on silk.
Another woman wore a white-blouse-and-white skirt and boots.
Another was wearing a black dress with gold-embossed accents.
All were in awe, and all seemed to be on a mission to break the old rules.
“Every woman has a story,” said Nana Ghanbari, a designer and managing editor at the magazine, who was wearing an orange dress with a large gold necklace.
“Each woman has different ideas, different stories, and different inspirations.
So, if you want to do a runway, you’ve got a lot of different stories.”
“This was a time of opportunity, and there were all kinds of ways you could do it.
But at the end of the day, you have to