Although many designers are flying the New York Fashion Week coop, the recent Autumn/Winter 2018/19 collections made a strong case for the future of NYFW, proving that New York fashion is still hitting the fashion mark. These are the top shows from NYFW.
For his third showing at New York Fashion Week, Raf Simmons presented a collection entitled “Landscapes”, inspired by American society – past and future, which “draws in equal parts on cartoon childhood touchstones, American pioneers of the 19th century, and Space Age futurism”. Models walked a popcorn filled runway in Looney Tunes knits featuring Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, floor sweeping dresses made from iconic homespun quilts and space inspired metallic accents.
The revivals of the 80s trend continues with Marc Jacobs big and bold collection inspired by
1980s haute couture. Marc Jacobs makes a case for 80s in a big way, with oversized shapes, bold shoulders, big bows and baggy trousers, in eye-catching neon hues.
For the 10th anniversary of her eponymous brand, Victoria Beckham showed a knack for creating looks that combine skilful tailoring with irresistible ease. With a focus on suited silhouettes and an emphasis on the waist with numerous wide belted looks, the collection was an ode to winter days with a muted army inspired colour palette and rich tactile fabrication.
For autumn, Michael Kors created a collection with a little bit of everything, from plaids, to slips dresses and contrasting prints – including a dress painted with women’s portraits, created in collaboration with illustrator David Downton. “I wanted the show to be a love letter to New York,” says Michael Kors. “I’m inspired by everything about the city — the electricity, the speed, the diversity, the individuality, and of course the art and food and fashion.”
Inspired by the many muses on the streets of New York and the architecture that surrounds them, Bottega Veneta’s latest collection was an irresistible offering of jewel toned languid silhouettes of silk, fur and velvet. What’s not to love about an amber silk onesie that you can wear day or night?
80s elegance and excess was on the agenda at Tom Ford this season. Ford made a case for more is more with colourful animal prints, sequins, animal spots rendered in sequins, and acid colours and a little bit of logo-mania.
Ulla Johnson may not be a brand known to many internationally, but she has been on the New York fashion scene for 20 years. Johnson called this collection her “meditation on trousers”, apt considering the amount of trousers with legs so wide and flowing, that you might mistake them for skirts. play with texture, fine knits, pink lame, sequins
This season Alexander Wang goes beyond the party girl mood of seasons gone by and instead opts for sharp tailored suiting inspired bodycons, stilettos and shiny hosiery. The slick new look is Wang channelling the female CEO, the girl who works but parties too.