(Images from Vogue Runway, L-R: Alexander Wang, Cedric Charlier, Zadig & Voltaire, Monse, Tom Ford)
ALEXANDER WANG: And he’s back with a bang… Here comes #WANGFEST – the NYFW show/party everyone wants an invite too. Strong as ever; Wang served up a mash up of lace and leather, jackets over corsets over dresses, and chunky ankle boots – options upon options upon options. With a reinvigorated energy, the mix of textures and cuts at Wang leave you wanting to experiment with fashion. Is this one designer attempting to make fashion fun again? Who knows. All I know is at Wang you don’t have to decide, because you’re spoilt for choice.
CEDRIC CHARLIER: Charliers exquisite craftsmanship is always on show. And with this season his pink head-to-toe looks have me wanting more. What I love about Cedric Charlier is that its a brand that you can wear in real life, straight off of the runway. With his precision cuts and refined designs, he mixes the hard and the soft to create a beautiful synergy.
ZADIG & VOLTAIRE: Rock’n’roll to its core, the Zadig & Voltaire SS18 show had a bit of this and a bit of that – a mishmash to say the least. With masculine and feminine vibes, the brand managed to make their trademark punk glam functional with billowing blouses, camouflage pants and bold knitwear. Glam military… is this a new spin on an old trend? If so, I’m here for it.
MONSE: A fashion insider favourite, two year old brand Monse are relatively new when it comes to the fashion circuit. Sports luxe is a trend we see again and again, but one that never fails to disappoint – cue Monse. Their signature striped shirts have extra-long sleeves and a halter neck twist neckline (see above image), and this season they’ve deconstructed their pieces to give them a real street style feel. Wear some bright white trainers for day, and swap out for a pair on heels to take you to dusk with any Monse look.
TOM FORD: Fucking fabulous, thats one word to describe Mr Fords SS18 showing. Its also how he sent out his show invites, with a bottle of his new fragrance correctly titled ‘Fucking Fabulous’. This show brought Tom Fords signature menswear suiting to the masses of women who crave a mens suit but with a better fit for females, and he didn’t disappoint – my favourite look was by far the shocking pink velvet number pictured above. The models oozed confidence and sex appeal, and I’d expect nothing less from the ever fabulous Mr Ford.
(Images from Vogue Runway, L-R: Sies Marjan, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Juicy Couture, Elizabeth & James, Baja East)
SIES MARJAN: Sander Lak has made Sies Marjan a go-to name in the New York fashion calendar since his debut at the brand four years ago. His strong take on colour and effortless, flirtatious way of dressing make Sies Marjan energetic and fresh as a brand. For SS18 rosey pinks, luscious purples, blueberry hues and coppery oranges proved that you can combine glorious colours very stylishly. Loose shirts were layered under heavy coats, and dresses clung to the body in all the right places. Not a detail is left to chance at Marjan.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM: Going back to basics, for SS18 Phillip Lim has wiped the slate clean. Very much a showing of 90’s minimalism, this palette cleanser of a show had a simplicity and pure feel surrounding it. You can definitely imagine the women of New York City strolling around Manhattan in asymmetric tops, wide-legged trousers and broad-shouldered tailoring. A simple colour palette of navys, whites and blues were accentuated by sprinklings of mustard yellows and oranges – tones that are likely to sell fast come Spring.
JUICY COUTURE: Juicy Coutures new Creative Director Jamie Mizrahi has reawakened the brand from, (for lack of a better term), the dead. On a rooftop garden near the Rockefeller Center; Juicy’s new look included high collars on the jackets, hoodies paired with skirts, and high-waisted culottes. There were tracksuits of course, but with fresh 2018-ready twists. Everything came in a bright and bold shade, true to Juicys core.
ELIZABETH & JAMES: Surprisingly the Olsen twins upped the ante with their SS18 colour palette, introducing vibrant neon shades alongside the usual blacks/creams/beiges. Carefully sourced vintage pieces mixed in with new E&J items help you to visualise women who would wear these looks in real life, like you or me. My favourite look was the ‘Canadian Tux’, otherwise known as wearing denim head-to-toe. If mixing the athleisure trend with luxury is now a thing, then Elizabeth & James have nailed it.
BAJA EAST: Slip dresses over hoodies, crushed velvet, ribbed skirt/top combos – does anything signify an effortless and ultramodern style more that Baja Easts latest show? Swimming costumes were paired with low-slung trackie bottoms and slides, the 90’s references clear to see throughout the SS18 shows. One item I’ve already added to my wish list is the cream low neck ribbed maxi dress (pictured above). Wet-look hair and dark rimmed eye makeup went perfectly with the undeniably cool silhouettes on show, altogether a very versatile and wearable collection. I’ve never wanted to be a Baja East girl more.
Hope you enjoyed my NYFW SS18 round-up!