The city that never sleeps has been up for the past 6 days witnessing a bunch of incredible fashion shows by the world’s most iconic fashion designers and houses. Keeping up with the fashion month is always a struggle, so we got you the highlights you shouldn’t miss from the Fall/Winter 2018 shows!
Models walked barefoot at Ralph Lauren
Inspired by family’s vacation in Montego Bay, Ralph Lauren, debuted his latest collection “The Island of Jamaica” at NYFW as he took to Instagram to share the inspiration behind the collection. With a line up of barefoot models hitting the runway in vibrant blue and white sun dresses, the island vibe made identified his collection instead of the classy chic vibe he gave us between his luxury cars in the last collection.
Prabal Gurung brought Politics to the runway
Should the celebrities wear all-black to the Oscars in support of Time’s Up, like they did in the Golden Globes, the Baftas and other red-carpet appearances ever since the issue has been up? However the issue has been avoided since then, Prabal Gurung addressed it on the runway, with #MeToo founder Tarana Burke starring the front row, attending her first-ever fashion show. Backstage, the mood was set for models walking the show with empowering posters reading positive mantras like “Your voice is your power: use it for justice” hanging on the walls.
“I respect the solidarity of wearing black, but I don’t want to get to a place where women have to suppress their sense of self,” he said backstage before his show. “Where I am from” — Nepal — “color can be a show of strength, as well.”
Gurung gave a powerful moment during the finale walk. The diverse cast of models walked the runway side by side, holding white flowers and linking their arms. Prabal’s message that women are stronger together, and stronger in color, was well sent.
Alexander Wang presented his collection at Time’s Square
Always creative, always different! Remember when Wang had the models walk down from a tour bus, in the middle of New York’s streets, having that #WangFest party and everyone was blown away by such a show? This season, the show is no exception. But Alexander took the working girl vibes with the 90s’ Matrix look, and turned Time’s Square into an office named “Alexander Wang Group”. Wang brought back the claw clips back in the hair, along with his signature style to the corporate world.
Temraza took over NYFW again
Farida Temraz is showing the world how she’s putting Egypt and North Africa on the fashion map again. Temraza showcased her “To Love & To Hold” collection in a historical venue at New York fashion week, representing Egypt and North African region, along with an honourable interview with Vogue Arabia. Farida, you make us proud!!
Breast cancer survivor runway debut was a game changer
Diversity and change has always been a part of Chromat’s identity. All the way from the return appearance of 54-year-old plus-size model Emme, the 20-year-old hijabi model Kadija Diawara, to the continuous diverse cast that ended surprised the rows with breast cancer survivor Ericka Hart. The warrior took over the runway, and eventually pulled down her neon yellow slip dress to proudly reveal her scars. Inspirational!
Brandon Maxwell and his relaxed glamour
Classy, stylish and glamorous. As Model Bella Hadid opened the show in a grey robe dress paired with Swarovski crystal earrings and furry flats, Brandon Maxwell blessed the runway with a killer collection and line-up as well, including the Hadid sisters, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn and the iconic Karlie Kloss. His signature relaxed easy luxe that never fails to amaze those who like to keep it simple yet classy. Models walked the runway in “wearable” clothing, knit trousers, evening dresses and denim jackets. You know a Brandon Maxwell woman has such a luxy class style.
After the finale, Maxwell brought out his entire design team to join him for his bow. Such a beautiful small gesture of respect to praise the women who helped create this beautiful collection also get their credit, in the time the world is in a fight for women’s rights.
Christian Siriano celebrated diversity in his 10-year anniversary
It’s been 10 years since Siriano debuted his first-ever collection the runway world. Ever since, the designer’s fashion house has been one of the most successful, diverse and body-positive brands in the industry.
Christian didn’t only celebrate his anniversary, but also celebrated diversity in his 72-looks show. With the fact that Siriano also cast celebrities to walk the show, Ashley Graham opened the show in a red monochromatic floor-length coat and over-the-knee boots, and actresses Danielle Brooks and Selma Blair made their catwalk debuts.
The collection had all the dramatic looks we love by him, including tulle ball gowns, leather, sparkling crystal dresses and much more. Looks like we’re going to see many looks with Siriano’s signature on the Oscars red-carpet soon.
Now you tell us, what was your favourite highlight of the fashion week? And what are you most excited about for Milan, London and Paris fashion weeks? Fashion month isn’t over yet, we’ll keep you updated with all the highlights!