Another Fashion Week has come and gone, and I can honestly say that the collections this year were outstanding. There was so much life and color on the runways this season, which is something that hasn’t been seen in New York for a long time. Many designers played around with the juxtaposition of traditionally male and female details and silhouettes, and brought them in rich jewel tones and bright yellows and lilacs.
I had a blast attending some of these amazing shows, and seeing videos/photos from ones I could not attend, but here are my favorite shows from Fall / Winter 2019 New York Fashion Week:
The Yuna Yang show was set in the beautiful Rizzoli bookstore in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan. Models gracefully strolled the aisles as a live jazz ensemble played, and transported the audience to a period of grace and elegance. Her collection embodied that elegance, but with a modern and sporty twist. There were bomber jackets covered in tulle, a lace midi skirt paired with a furry hoodie, as well as watercolor floral dresses made for a modern garden party. Yuna Yang is definitely a designer to watch, and one of my favorites from this season.
This collection marked Bibhu’s 10 year anniversary, and it was a masterpiece for this talented Indian designer. His collection, which was inspired by the gardens of Northern Ireland, held rich emeralds, bright citron yellows, and showstopping fuchsias. Every garment that came down the runway was intricately detailed and expertly crafted, with much of the draping resembling the petals of flowers. I was particularly drawn to his dresses done in crochet lace, and deconstructed blouses that scream chic female CEO.
Carly Cushnie’s Fall collection was inspired by the elegant draping of Paul Poiret in the 1920’s, and especially focusing on his love of Asian culture. It featured rich burgundys and deep navys, set with bright lilacs and warm mauves. Asian influences can be seen in the plethora of tassel and cording details, which worked beautifully on her luxurious velvet and leather garments. My personal favorite was the reversible wine-colored sherpa/suede coat with a lizard-cording waistband, which was paired with a gorgeous croc-embossed claret crossbody bag!
Veronica Beard has been a favorite of mine for several seasons now. The label’s collections are always ultra-chic and ultra-wearable. For Fall, VB took us on a glamorous hike through the forest. The design duo paired fleece zip-ups with floral skirts, and belted blazers with bungee cords. There was no shortage of sequins, which are practically a staple for VB, but they somehow paired effortlessly with the rest of the collection which the Beard’s cheekily coined ‘luxury-meets-lumberjack’. Summed up, Fall/Winter 2019 was a fresh take on thier maximalist day-wear brand, and I am here for it.
If there’s one thing Kate Spade has always done right, it’s color. This season, Nicola Glass sent a stream of saffron, emerald, cobalt, burgundy, and lilac down her runway, and it was the perfect recipe. In terms of silhouette, she kept her customer happy by showing a large assortment of dresses, but made them on-trend by adding fresh detailing such as poet sleeves, tasteful cutouts, and bias cuts. Many of her looks had a tall boot going into a midi dress, which is a styling trick that has been picking up speed especially with New York women this past winter.
Simkhai has been a favorite of mine for a few years now. His collections have an energy that is both powerful and sensual, and are everything the modern woman needs in her closet. For FW19, Simkhai drew from his Ukrainian heritage on his mother’s side, and incorporated vintage scarf prints and embroideries into his staple lace garments. His color palette was composed of rich lipstick hues, deep indigos, and a span of warm tans, camels, and mustard yellows. His collections also appear to have relaxed a bit since his move from New York to LA, and featured outerwear and denim alongside his signature lace and satin showstoppers.
Adam Lippes is a newer discovery for me, but the moment I saw his collections, I fell in love. His sculptural silhouettes and modern detailing have a quiet power to them that is refreshing. He walks the line so expertly between minimalist and maximalist dressing, that they seem to be both simultaneously. I was particularly in love with the yellow ruffle dress which almost evokes a Victorian energy, and his plaid suit with a tissue-thin embroidered lilac cashmere turtleneck.
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