Willy Chavarria Spring/Summer 2023 – New York Fashion Week

September 16, 2022
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Willy Chavarria - Spring-Summer 2023 - New York Fashion Week

Recipient of this year’s Cooper Hewitt National Design award for Fashion Design, Willy Chavarria‘s place among established fashion designers grows stronger with each passing season.

For Spring/Summer 2023, the Mexican-American designer brought his entire tribe to the historic Marble Collegiate Church (founded in 1628), one of the oldest continuous Protestant congregations in North America, to present a collection that standed out as his most elevated and extensive to date.

With the famed Madonna, who is no stranger to religious controversy, seated in the front row, and with a beautiful song performed a cappella in Spanish by Dorian Wood about the way borders keep us separated – “The song is about the divide in our world,” Chavarria explained – the collection by Calvin Klein’s senior vice president of design paraded through strange and very bold proportions where the religion was almost omnipresent. “Because I was raised Catholic, I have a strong belief that good overpowers evil, and I do feel like there is a loss of God in the world,” Chavarria explained about the choice of location and those influences in his collection.

Shirts with exaggerated collars, pants with ultra-wide legs, oversized baggy shorts offered in several materials and textures, fitted blazers with strong and imposing shoulders, oversized coat worn with a short poncho with a collar and gigot sleeves that recalls the garment of a clergy or t-shirt with a “Catechism” print.


Willy Chavarria also reserved part of the collection for athletic apparel, placing varsity-styled font logos of “Fresno” and “Sacramento” on football jerseys, in a nod to his hometown of Fresno, California. He also unveiled collaborations with Dickies, FB County and Pro Club, expanding and developing his specific and all-encompassing magic and aesthetic.

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