By: V Lynne Smith
“Fashion Week was a fantasy that came true.” CHLOE DAO
New York Fashion Week has been evolving over the past several years. While many notable designers and brands have opted out of the frenzy that is fashion week, New York Fashion Week still continues to draw a who’s who of designers, models, celebrities, & fashion influencers alike. Many of the Ready-to-Wear collections included elements of diversity and activism along with messages of love and acceptance throughout the shows. There were celebrations of seasoned designers, as well as, new creative director taking over familiar brands. Here’s a peek at few notable shows from New York Fashion Week.
It just wouldn’t be a proper New York Fashion Week without, Tom Ford opening with an exquisite collection for Spring 2019. In years past Tom Ford’s collections have been over the top and wildly creative. This season’s collection was a bit more subdued in its color palette, which was grounded in neutrals, heavy on the black, white and beiges with some pale lilacs and powder blues in the mix as well. The texture of the clothing took center stage as the most notable of these fabrics was a faux-crocodile fabrication used on strong-shouldered jackets, skirts, wide belts and handbags. Other fabrics included stretch leather, chiffon and lace. Heavy leather jackets were layered over wispy lace tops and georgette skirts. Knee-length faux-croc skirts hemmed in black lace struck the perfect balance between hard and soft. Tom Ford is the master of “Edgy Elegance”.
Christian Siriano, knows how to dress the “curvy girl”, he’s been pushing diversity on the runway before it was an industry-wide movement. His Hawaiian inspired collection featured mix of colorful pieces with hothouse flower prints and a sultry series of dresses and separates perfect for any Hawaiian Holiday. Think lady like ready-to-wear with an unapologetic whimsical feeling. The inclusive spirit of his collections is evident in the diversity of his models that always appear in a Christian Siriano production. When I look at Siriano dress I feel like, yes I can wear that too and that’s the magic that is Christian Siriano.
Iconic American and global fashion designer Ralph Lauren celebrated 50 years of fashion with a star studded extravaganza in New York’s Central Park. The unforgettable show was attended by A-Listers such as Oprah Winfrey, Hilary Clinton, Anna Wintour and Robert Deniro. The collection showcased his gorgeous ready-to-wear collection for men and women, along with his children’s collection. This collection is what we’ve come to know as the essence of the Ralph Lauren brand. Timeless jackets and trousers were paired with casual knits, sequins and stripes, while patchwork designs and textures like velvet and corduroy were in abundance. Yes, the iconic polo horse was seen galloping throughout the collection.
When Carolina Herrera stepped down as creative director from her self-titled brand and passed the torch to Wes Gordon it was a “clutch the pearls” moment in fashion. The Carolina Herrera brand has always been a favorite of the “ladies who lunch”; beautiful evening wear and sophisticated suits for daytime. Wes Gordon has infused a fresh and youthful vibe into the brand. Bright florals, looser silhouettes, and very youthful hemlines dominated the inaugural collection of Wes Gordon for Carolina Herrera. This is not your Mother’s Carolina Herrera and only time will tell if the brand loyalists will support the new direction.