My NYFW blog post is finally up! This SS19 season I wanted to keep things simple yet fresh. So for my content from this past September I'm sharing 6 favorite looks from each show I attended along with a recap/review of each designer's collection that I saw. Straight to the point without any bells and whistles. Thanks for waiting for this delayed post and I hope you enjoy my perspective on each collection. Let's get started!
Eye-catching but understated colors, a mixture of prints such as tigers, bats, flowers, suns, each A_I_R Atelier look was paired with one-of-a-kind accessory from the luxury watch brand, Klasse14. Some items of note - this 'Wild World' graphic tee, floral bomber, and play of different prints both alone and in two.
The Spring/Summer 2019 collection pays homage to Bahrain, inspired by its desert beauty with its soft sands and palm trees. I've seen Noon by Noor’s work before and they're always creating attractive, fresh and clean clothes that hit the middle-of-the-road aesthetic. Lovely silhouettes - loose and flowing with delicate shoulders, subtle patterns - all in all less always being more in this house. Their blue palette was certainly a fave. Photo top middle corner. Case in point.
You can definitely say Laurence & Chico is over the top. Set at Chelsea Piers Fitness Center, I didn't expect to actually much sportswear from this dynamic duo who are known for their theatrical concepts. This is something I really appreciate because not all fashion should solely be ready-to-wear or haute couture. Fashion should be being able to do whatever your creativity wants itself to do. And what's fabulous (aside from Miss J Alexander's commentary AND walk throughout the show), they offered witty sport pieces there were either deconstructed, reconstructed or repurposed. Really with the now. One inspiration I couldn't stop thinking about when watching this season's show: The Fifth Element's opera singer. I must be really into blue this spring and summer season...
Mermaid, starry-starry night vibes with intricate patterns of the galaxy or nature, either or both are universal and powerful in Tadashi Shoji’s SS19 collection. Leaves, fish scales, the universe itself with strong color palettes of neon greens and pinks but also modest blues. I especially gowns and the bottom right most - truly a stunner. Accessories such as earrings and shoes were very on point along with the dramatic sparkly makeup.
The ultimate cool girl, most adoringly loose-curled hair and smokey eye makeup models strutted down the runway in mixed prints of polka dot, denim, and leopard. Yes, you have heard it here folks, animal print is back ;) And the 80s aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Favorites were the oversized jackets with varsity cuffs and a fully sequined camo trouser with matching T-shirt. Oh, and that the ‘club kids’ danced/walked the finale together and not in the single-filed line. Nicole Miller is indeed, here to stay.
Concept Korea may not be a name that is familiar to many, but its assured use of color - reminiscent of the master itself, Prada, definitely makes it one to watch. The dress I wore to the show (shown here from my NYFW SS19 Outfits) was from their FW18 collection. When I went in for my fitting, I instantly fell in love with the hug of the fabric and ruffles of the plaid print. Different, fun - just like me! Favorites was the army green trench and other mixed plaid trench. As you can see, heavily into trench coats. the concept of the Spring/Summer 2019 collection was ‘Perfectly Imperfect’. The designer, Chung Chung Lee wanted it to say that women do not need to be perfect and that their imperfection already has a perfect personality.” The perfect combination of intense detail, soft colors, tailoring, and athleisure style, in my opinion.
The models came down the runway literally dripping in water. Playing on the idea of the beach cover up Chromat flipped the script by adding transparency, weblike netting, and cropped silhouettes to this concept. But what makes Chromat is not just the clothes themselves, but more so the message that is being sent out in the fashion industry: And that is inclusivity. The ongoing dialogue about the human form that play's out in Chromat's collection was definitely acknowledged in the SS19 show. Body positivity, gender fluidity, and disability rights—Becca McCharen-Tran's shows serve as more than a showcase for clothes, as she was one of the first designers to recognize these subjects and I'm all for it. Hip hip hooray!
Held in Willem de Kooning’s former studio and residence near Union Square, Marina Moscone is the first designer to use this space for an event as such. A serene space with enormous archways, chipping pastel doors, and giant water lilies painted on the walls set the mood. Models breezed through the rooms and gave editors and buyers an up-close look at their raw-edged silk dresses, fluffy hand-knit sheaths, and gently molded Basque tailoring. Moscone said “unconventional women” of the ’60s like Natalie Wood and Penelope Tree were her muses this season. They were instrumental in bringing a new, less-traditional kind of femininity to the era, one that merged glamour with a touch of eccentricity. I really dug each garment’s flexibility and the way certain looks such as the chunky sandal can and will be worn at black-tie events. Favorite was the black cocktail dress in bottom left hand corner. Simply divine.
Considered the “queen of suits”, Chinese designer Taoray Wang stayed true to her brand, showcasing a mix of traditional and trendy styles. Pastels, plaid and a pop of color intertwined within Taoray Wang’s trademark tailored structure. Merging East and West, dressing that global business lady and oozing with feminine power, independence and confidence: Wang’s SS19 presented a flower bursting into bloom, very much a blossom-blush inspired collection.
Hands down probably my favorite show for every NYFW, it was a true pleasure to attend the show for the first time this season. Play on suiting mixed with resort accessories such as beachy sandals and sunnies was the ultra-coolness of the collection along with a few male models strutting down the runway. (Perhaps Tibi will launch menswear in the near future?) What I truly love about the designer, Amy Smilovic, is her innate attention for supercharged, statement-making colors, in particular for the SS19 collection, the palette merged “sun-bleached” pastels like lemon, baby pink, and lime with bolder pops of orange, cobalt, and raspberry. Truly a match made in heaven. It was definitely difficult choosing my favorites for this one - I loved the ENTIRE collection!
The Dennis Basso SS19 collection takes global women on an amazing journey from sporty and carefree to glamorous evenings. Pale pinks and baby blues are mixed with red and cream and a statement of black and white for a feminine and chic color palette. A variety of crisp fabrics such as organza, gazaar, and canvas create interesting shape and structure throughout the collection. Summer furs are also incorporated with sable, Russian broadtail, mink, and fox. The collection also includes feather touches and intricate hand embroideries. Favorite looks? Top right (HI pockets) and bottom middle (HELLLLLLLLO jacket) LOLOL
If you haven't already heard of Han Wen, you're going to want to pay attention ASAP. The 24-year-old designer recently unveiled his Spring/Summer 2019 collection, a summertime wardrobe "for one's journey through life, love, and remembrance," per the press release. The collection was inspired by a story from the designer's mother's life, he explained: We imagine a young bride, called away on business to Europe for the summer. Her days are spent working tirelessly to advance her professional career. On weekends, she explores foreign cities and cultures, all the while chronicling her adventures in letters and postcards to her young groom, waiting anxiously for her to return home. Each look in the collection carries with it a bit of that story—soft feminine lines, warm hues, and delicate map illustrations. Check out my post here to see a shirt I wore by the designer to the presentation.
Suzanne Rae Pelaez’s Spring output was crafted from a youthful worldview informed by fairy tales, Hollywood films, and the punchy colors of Crayola crayons. With her vintage dollhouse sitting at the center of her Chinatown studio and daughter Ella playing alongside models dressed in cheery shades of pink and lavender, Rae Pelaez set an exuberant mood. The clothes were as smile-inducing; cropped suits in floral jacquard with transparent overlays of tulle with cross-stitching that resembled circuitry were cute and inventive, while bows adorning trousers, belts, and even shoes added an unapologetically girly touch.
Want to see more from any of these SS19 collection from NYFW? Continue onto my Instagram page where under my highlights you will find each finale walk in my NYFW sections. What was your favorite out of the ones I attended this season? If you had to pick one outfit of your choice, what would it be? Stay tuned for my London Fashion Week content, coming up next!
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