What You’ll Love From New York Fashion Week Fall 2019. From loofah inspired gowns, theatrical looks, lingerie, and going green in different colors are took over the runway.
Fashion is found everywhere and every day especially in New York, where people come to make music and make clothes and make a network and to just “make it” in general – and this recent New York Fashion Week for Fall 2019, plenty of bright futures, new ideas, and reinterpretations were seen gracing the runway. As we become more aware of our surroundings and politics, fashion is following through with more diversity and a relatively newfound friendliness towards the earth; going green, in all different colors. From a stampede of everything you’ll ever see on the color wheel to beautiful materials, here are some highlights from this year’s extraordinary NYFW AW19:
1. Style in sustainability
More and more people are becoming increasingly aware of our deteriorating environment especially as of late, so what better way to promote eco-friendliness than through fashion, something we all know and love? Sustainability can 100% be stylish, and you’ll believe it after you see Gabriela Hearst’s beautiful recycled cashmere felt coats in her Fall 2019 ready-to-wear collection. Hearst refused to make anything with materials that would date quickly and harm the environment, telling Vogue that climate change is “the most important issue facing us today”, as well as asking herself: “how efficiently can I do what I do?”
Saving the planet is a very difficult challenge right now, but saving space in your wardrobe is a thousand times more achievable in the short-term. German brand BOSS unveiled their polished collection on the last day of New York Fashion Week, featuring a series of versatile camel coats, skirt suits, and one-tone dressing. Phillip Lim’s collection also graced the runway with designs that aimed to serve as a themeless capsule wardrobe. The collection was inspired by the art of decluttering as well as the work of environmentalist Yvon Chouinard, who influenced the lack of fur or exotic animal skins used in Lim’s clothing. The modern woman is busy, on-the-go, sophisticated, and independent – and it seems the fashion world is not only promoting style and sass, but now designers are championing sustainability too.
2. Drama, drama, and more drama
As many brands have been noticeably straying away from streetwear, designers are embracing eccentricity now more than ever. Japanese artist Tomo Koizumi, who was not trained as a fashion designer, definitely stole everybody’s attention with his dazzling designs. Koizumi’s collection features large and colorful gowns – it’s as if a whole rainbow of flower bouquets (or loofahs!) were walking down the runway. Pictures of the dresses went viral shorty after. Koizumi told Vogue that his dresses were meant to be “like ruffle armor for girls”.
Of course, you can’t say the word eccentric without thinking about Rodarte. The Mulleavy sisters are staying true to themselves with the brand’s A/W 2019 collection as they present theatrical silhouettes like huge shoulders and palazzo pants and cinched waists, as well as lacy frocks adorned with hearts and butterflies. As the Mulleavy sisters work in both fashion and cinema, it’s not a surprise that their designs incorporate both the feminine and the mad – nonetheless, it all resembles a dream.
3. Legends on the runway
Renowned and legendary supermodels returned on the runway, including Patti Hansen who closed the Michael Kors show, Carolyn Murphy at Ralph Lauren, Christie Brinkley and her daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook on the runway at Elie Tahari, Pat Cleveland at Hellessey, and Christy Turlington Burns at Marc Jacobs. Not only that, but Barry Manilow made an appearance at the Michael Kors show, performing the unforgettable hit Copacabana.
4. “Fashionably late”: appreciating historically iconic silhouettes and elements
Wearing trends that were born decades ago is still stylish up until now, and the runway saw many examples of this recently. Coach 1941 featured a lot of plaid patterned skirts and suits in their collection, where they’ve reinvented grungy silhouettes and the 90’s approach to layering, and somehow made them look brilliantly polished. (Plus, Coach 1941 has officially gone fur-free!)
Telfar presented Telfar Clemens’ fascination for Americana even more in his show, where his “countrymen” walked down the runway in earthy colors seen in the 70’s, wearing Western-style belt buckles and boot-cut jeans – cowboy uniform.
5. Going out in lingerie
Designer Rio Uribe wanted to prove that everybody can wear lingerie when he put together his show for Gypsy Sport, one of the many brands that have sparked topics circling diversity and inclusivity in fashion. The almost monochromatic collection featured slip on dresses and camisoles with lace insets, a handful of wonderful denim cut-out designs, and a whole lot of attitude. (Text Jordinna Joaquin)