With the tenth anniversary of 9/11 falling in the middle of New York Fashion Week, designers are wielding their work as a way to remember the victims while celebrating the resilience of the city and its residents. NY1's Michelle Park filed the following report.
It was 10 years ago when fashion designers, models, celebs, and fashion journalists descended on Bryant Park. Then the unthinkable happened Downtown.
"We were all touched so impactfully on 9/11. It's such a hard day to think about yet it's so ever-present and it never leaves us," said Director of Fashion Week at Lincoln Center Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.
Now, the tenth anniversary of the attacks has the fashion community reflecting.
"I just know that for so many families it's gonna be a hard day. It's going to be a day that they're really thinking about people that they've loved and they've lost. I think it's a day that we all need to reflect upon," said designer Lela Rose.
Rose is one of the designers showing on Sunday. She says as a New Yorker she feels a bit conflicted.
"You know, it's crazy on one hand to be showing on 9/11 but at the same time, it's Fashion Week and it's the day that it was assigned," said Rose. "I do feel a little bit like it's a day to be reflective and not talking about clothing and what's up for the next season."
Designer Derek Lam will also be showing on the morning of September 11th. CEO of the brand, Jan Schlottmann, says they will be marking the day in their own way.
"We chose to commemorate the victims of 9/11 with a donation to the September 11th Fund which we found was the most appropriate way of honoring the victims," Schlottmann said.
Lincoln Center will honor the victims while hosting Fashion Week. There will be a number of different activities open to the public to commemorate the tenth anniversary.
"There will be a New York Philharmonic concert in the evening. In the morning there will be a New York police department event that takes place for the families of 9/11," Winston Wolkoff said.
In the end, fashion community members say the best way to heal from the tragedy is to celebrate the work of New York's fashion industry.
"It's a business. And we look to commemorate that time, but with respect to what happened and with respect to the industry, the show ultimately does have to go on," Winston Wolkoff said.