Couldn’t make the long-haul flight to the Big Apple for New York Fashion Week? We got you covered. Read on for a quick digital synopsis of the main highlights you might have missed from NYFW so far.
Vogue Arabia Cover Stars Dominate the Runway at Brandon Maxwell
For Spring 2019, Brandon Maxwell decided to pay homage to his Texan roots. The result was a line-up of evening gowns in vivid color palettes of fuchsia, red, teal, and yellow, crisp denim, and cowboy boots, showcased by a runway full of familiar faces, such as former Vogue Arabia cover stars Bella and Gigi Hadid and Imaan Hammam. Joan Smalls, Taylor Hill, Yasmin Wijnaldum, and Cindy Bruna were also part of the star-studded show, which coincided with the launch of the designer’s Texas-themed MAC Cosmetics collaboration.
Kate Spade Honored With a Touching Runway Tribute
“She left a little sparkle everywhere she went.” That’s what the show notes for the Kate Spade Spring 2019 runway show read, as this weekend marked the first New York Fashion Week since the tragic passing of the founder of her namesake brand. It was also the debut of the brand’s new creative director Nicola Glass, who succeeded longtime designer Deborah Lloyd. In honor of late founder Spade, Glass revisited the brand’s archive for inspiration. Models emerged on the pink, glitter-strewn runway at New York’s Public Library sporting reworked classics, such as the vivid and playful prints the house was built on, and the ubiquitous spade-shaped logo, which took center stage in the line-up. Meanwhile, a number of celebrities, including Priyanka Chopra and Kate Bosworth, came out to honor the late designer on the front row.
Longchamp Marks 70th Birthday Across the Atlantic
A-listers came out in full force at the World Trade Center for Longchamp’s New York Fashion Week debut. The front row featured a drove of famous faces, including brand ambassador Kendall Jenner, Kate Moss, Poppy Delevingne, and Priyanka Chopra, who were all in attendance to celebrate the Parisian brand’s 70th anniversary. Models of the moment— including Nora Attal and Kaia Gerber— stomped down the runway sporting fringed mini skirts, biker jackets, and gladiator sandals in suede. There were also diaphanous dresses, graphic prints, and fuzzy mules, and, of course, the brand’s trademark bags.
Carly Cushnie Debuts First Solo Collection
On Saturday, Carly Cushnie presented her first solo collection following the departure of her former business and creative partner Michelle Ochs, who exited the company last February, less than a week after the company’s 10-year anniversary. For her first collection under the newly rebranded Cushnie label, the designer opted to revisit her Caribbean roots by way of bold hues of yellow and green, tropical prints, and beading. The inclusive show featured a line-up of diverse models of all body shapes and races — including fellow Jamaican model Winnie Harlow — channeling Sade via slicked-back lengths, red lips, and oversized hoops.
Christian Siriano Celebrates 10 Years
A decade ago, Christian Siriano was just another hopeful contestant on Project Runway. Fast-forward 10 years, and Siriano has cemented his status as a fashion force to be reckoned with. Indeed, the red-carpet favorite has plenty to celebrate. Aside from cultivating a list of celebrity clients that most designers could only dream of, Siriano constantly delivers powerful collections. His Spring 2019 showcase was no different. In keeping with using the runway as more than just a platform for glamorous clothes, the collection was rife with messages of inclusivity. A diverse stream of models emerged on the runway donning leopard-print bodysuits, botanical dresses, chartreuse blouses, and wrap skirts that are all ultimately destined for red carpets to come.
Ralph Lauren Stages a 50th Anniversary Show
Also marking a milestone was Ralph Lauren, which commemorated its 50th anniversary on Friday against the backdrop of Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain. The presentation showcased the designer’s latest women’s collection alongside Polo Ralph Lauren and Double RL for the first time. This resulted in an interesting mixture of velvet evening gowns, and double-breasted tuxedos that shared the runway with cowboy boots, cozy flannels, varsity jackets, and, of course, polo shirts. The show was attended by over 200 guests, including Iman, Anne Hathaway, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Kanye West, to name a few.
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