As New York City’s cultural institutions continue to return to personal events, 92Y plans to bring back Fashion Icons With Fern Mallis.

Almost two years have passed since Mallis took to the stage on Upper East Side Y – and it has been ten years since she held a public Q&A with Norma Kamali there for the first time. “We were like old pals chatting and catching up on my living room sofa. We almost forgot that the audience was there, ”said Mallis.

After interviewing 55 fashion designers and insiders over the past decade, Mallis should be back in action with no problem. This fall, Joseph Altuzarra will come first, due to perform on October 21st. Announcing the upcoming interview with Altuzarra, Mallis noted that he is a classically trained French-American dancer and, as Tom Ford said in his interview, Altuzarra was the designer he admired most. That was in 2012, but a compliment is a compliment.

Prabal Gurung is also on the agenda after signing up for a sit-down interview on November 22nd at 92Y. With his intercontinental upbringing and his global perspective, the New York-based designer is also committed to social justice issues such as #StopAsianHate.

The third famous designer Mallis will chat with on December 15th is Brandon Maxwell. While millions know him for his designer-stylist connection to Lady Gaga or from his role on Project Runway, Maxwell reaches out to the masses through his role as Creative Director at Walmart.

All upcoming designer interviews will be offered at full capacity and all attendees will be required to present proof of vaccination and wear masks. Tickets for the Altuzarra, Gurung and Maxwell Talks will go on sale Monday for in-person attendees and online viewers.

In hindsight, Mallis credits photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Saunders for getting the series off the ground by introducing it to Betsy Berg. The entertainment manager then linked Mallis with Susan Engel from 92Y. Mallis expects more names to be released for next year’s schedule soon.