At the start of the pandemic in March, it was difficult to envision what New York Fashion Week would look like with everyone sequestered to their humble abodes—or if there would even be a #NYFW. But in the city that never sleeps—even in the middle of a global pandemic—the show must go on.
Designers traded in packed fashion show benches with splashy front row guests for intimate, socially-distanced audiences of friends and select editors; physical invitations turned to Zoom links; and beauty editors’ backstage access to finding the new season’s hottest trends were sent via email—lots of emails. While the excitement that makes NYFW a must-see spectacle every year was hard to convey behind tablets, laptops, and phone screens and faulty home WiFi, backstage beauty gods didn’t skimp on the WOW-factor, even if only a select few of spectators would see. Ahead, the best nail looks from the Spring 2021 runway shows.