Our favorite Fashion Week season is back & we’re definitely here for it! This week has been a big one in New York, we’ve seen a lot in just a few days. From high to casual, to evening & even theatrical, these shows haven’t disappointed. This Fashion Week in particular has proved that fashion is fun again! Props to designers for stepping out of the popularized comfort zone & brining diversity to these shows.
Breaking the norm seems to be trending again, check out some of our favorite NYFW shows below.
After announcing a partnership with the City of Los Angeles, John Elliott presented his Spring/Summer ’19 collection on Sept 06 , which showed influences from the West Coast. Hosted outdoors at Manhattan’s Pier 62 Skatepark overlooking the Hudson River, the show featured sun, streetwear and many celebrities, such as LeBron James, Justin Bieber, Ben Simmons, & Swaggy P amongst more.
Simply named ‘Los Angeles’ the John Elliott S/S ’19 collection included trench coats, jackets, cargo vests & shorts in neutral tones, but also showcased a brighter side. Nodding to the city that the designer calls home, Elliott included bougainvillea patterns on his clothing, some of which were paired with Nike sneakers in a red hue resembling the color of the flower. Some pieces featured the official seal of the City of Los Angeles printed on the clothing, such as a pair of bright white sweatpants. While the show featured an appearance by Harlem rapper Sheck Wes who walked the skatepark runway modeling a yellow patterned shirt with jeans, Australian model Charlee Fraser closed the event in a distressed blue leather motorcycle jacket, black denim shorts over mesh bicycle shorts.
Cowan owned the runway this season as he offered plenty of options for superstars with super style. In the show we saw exaggerated black tulle gowns that were made with sheer bustier tops, zebra-print suits & flirty dresses came midway through the show. Cowan also had moments of extreme costume as well as extreme sex appeal (the body-hugging crystal dresses specifically).
But what about the regular degular people who live life offstage? Cowan calls his line of logo sweatshirts and track pants his ‘inclusion line‘ a way for fans to get the look their musical heroes are wearing. Here there is checkerboard denim, nodding to the popular check look on Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy album cover. The best pieces of the collection managed to target both Cowan’s pop stars & his everyday fans.
Wang tends not to make political statements on his runway. In any case, this collection felt more personal than political. Note cards on every seat read: ‘Today marks a new beginning, a new identity, & a new day for my brand’. But more than that, you got the sense that some soul searching has happened. In this show, Wang embraced his family roots. Because, of course, there was a lot more in play here than Qipaos & flannel Pj’s with Chinatown printed down the leg. The collection was a melting pot of references: different print bandanas, football jerseys, sexy dresses made from a deconstructed football jersey, motocross gear, & biker shorts amongst more. Plus, a new sneaker with Adidas. It was hyper-styled yet still quite street!
VFiles isn’t a show, it’s a spectacle. Fashion is the main course, but music, celebrity, & the all-important vibe of the event serve as the main show. The show touched down on the Barclays Center w/ complete musical performances, a DJ set, & some of the wildest people watching. In between the SoundCloud beats & newbie R&B performances, young designers were given their moment to shine. The wearability of some of the looks could be debatable, but it wasn’t all museum pieces. Chinese design duo Wei Wang & Tim Shi of Marrknull provided the right mix of buzzy sportswear—Vetements-esque down jackets, high-waisted denim—& distinctive add-ons like teensy leather capes on hangers worn as handbags. VFiles’s own Yellow Label featured the streetwear of Hood By Air alum Paul Cupo. In his first collection for the brand, Cupo kept things sexy yet straightforward!
Many designers have been referencing army uniforms and camouflage in menswear this season, it’s been easy to lose count. The Vetements show by Demna Gvasalia today took it to a place far & away beyond any superficial referencing. ‘It was like dressing a documentary of my life’, Gvasalia said. ‘I dedicated this collection to Georgia, the Georgia where my brother Guram and I grew up together in the ’90s, & the war that happened where we lived. I tried to face this angst and fear and pain in this show’.
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