New York Fashion Week is over and proved that literally EVERYTHING CAN BE A TREND! From street style served by bloggers and celebrities, to runways – we could observe an amazing variety of style, from minimalistic, monochrome to full glam to hippie, wild spirited looks. We’ve also seen lots of debuts – including BLDWN (formely Baldwin), Kate Spade or SavagexFenty and an amazing Rodarte return after a two-year break.
Here are my favorite shows from New York FW:
TOM FORD, multi-talented designer from Texas, previously Creative Director of Gucci and YSL, showed us looks strongly ’90s inspired. With many of all black or all white pieces, he presented metallic, leather and animal-printed fabrics, which appeared also in many of Winter/Fall collections. Ford’s silhouette is slim, long and focused on strength. Men’s jackets on female models, skirtsuits with lace hem, belted corsets. Light, flowy fabrics, like silk satin and delicate lace and metallic stilettos spiced up with crocodile-imitated leather. Big sunglasses and oversized bags are back!
Silk and lace midi dress with feather coat! And look at this amazing make-up!
Ulla Johnson, Manhattan’s born and raised designer surprised me with brilliant combination of ethereal, bohemian vibe with more modern cuts. Flowy dresses and firm mini skirts, puffy sleeves and new monochrome – black&white&red! My attention was caught by African inspired plaited tops and bags and feather accessories. And these frilled shoes – must have for hot summer nights!
I could not pick only one favourite look – this bohemian vibe is my absolute thing!
Kate Spade New York, founded in 1993 by Kate and Andy Spade, previously focused on designing accessories, made a debut in New York Fashion Week, adding amazing pieces of clothes. Since shocking information about Kate passing away this summer, June 2018, new creative director Nicola Glass showed her first collection. Glass successfully kept company’s optimistic vibe, honoring it with ’70s inspiration – hippie flowery prints and earthy and pastel colors, with its big glasses and prints (especially oranges on beige!) and models attending with not one but two bags on runway!
Checked suit with amazing 70s inspired accessories, showing, that if you invested in good pieces in winter, you can easly sneak them to spring/summer waredrobe!
Self-Portrait, brand created in 2013 by Malaysian Creative Director Han Chong, which has received a great deal of concrete attention and support from bloggers like Aimee Song in last years. Chong again showed great sense of mixing textures and prints, which can be easily adapted by younger and mature audience. Runway was ruled by bold graphics, ruffled blouses and frills, patches, 70s/80s inspired (browns, pinks on beige and monochrome), cute daisy-cut laces, big bags. Han Chong’s women is strong, yet flowy and very girly.
Amazing bottle-green flowy gown with boots!
Longchamp ,French luxury leather focused brand founded in 1948 in Paris, presented collection with free, wild spirited vibe, mix of Native Americans and Gypsy inspired. Seeing photos from runway I could not think of Cher’s ‘Gypsys Tramps and Thieves’ and Gypsys Caravan photo-shoot of Kate Moss for V Magazine. Animal print, lots of fringes, turquoises, purples and browns, flowy maxi dresses matched with heavy leather and suede jackets, small bags with wide embroidered tassel straps reminding guitar straps, high suede gladiator sandals with fringes. I could not ask for more! Favorite look: ALL!
Rodarte, LA California-based clothing brand founded by genius sisters-designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, made its way back to NYFW after two years break and created an amazing show, taking us to Wonderland. Models picking their way through the cemetery in bowed stilettos in strong statement colors and silhouette in rain. Feminine, romantic airy-tale dresses and gowns, tulle and ruffle sleeves, metallic fabrics and leather – some really classic pieces, but most of them with lots of avantgarde. Favourite look: ALL!
Zimmermann, an Australian luxury brand founded in 1991 by sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann, showed ’70s inspired looks with low waist bottoms and flowy, deep decolletage hippie vibe shirts. Adding sporty and minimalistic pieces and matching some of them with very girly pieces made me even more in love with that collection! Gold on white and gold&black on white Versace-inspired prints and embroidered/cut pieces created a dreamy chic yet bohemian looks, which I adore, and of course, it would be too hard for me to pick one favourite look from runway.
Proenza Shouler, New York based brilliant duet of Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez showed American inspired collection with modern and minimalistic perspective. Although denim and cotton were main fabrics of the show, you could notice metallic and leather pieces. Duet focused on oversized silhouettes, accenting them with XXL bags and extra low waist dresses. You could spot long belted,escalated paper trousers, bandanas and vests, acid-washed jeans and contrast seams.
Oscar de la Renta, luxury brand founded by Dominican designer known internationally in the 1960s as one of the couturiers who dressed Jacqueline Kennedy. De la Renta’s Spring 2018 surprised with more day-to-night looks and Moroccan/Indian inspired collection with lots of flowy, relaxed-fit or knitted pieces, wraps and pajama style sets detailed with massive embroideries and fringes/feather finishes. Collection gave me feeling of contrasts – strong yellows and reds with whites and monochromes, small bags with statement jewellery. And these ombre gowns – fire!
Marc Jacobs, born in New York designer closed New York Fashion week by presenting fairy-tale, dreamy abstract collection. Color pallet was extended from full of cotton candy pastels to fuchsia and deep oranges to navys and bottle-greens. Escalated silhouettes, rose-inspired ruffles and baggy fit of Chanel-inspired tweed set took everything to extreme. He accented his fantasy with fabrics such as froth, feathers and silk, showing, that fashion is not about functionality but dream and passion (yet you can still spot some day-friendly pieces like trenches, coats or oversized suit!).
Let me know in the comment, what was your favourite show and why?