New York is now celebrating Fashion Month, and the festivity has never been more iconic as designers such as Gabriela Hurst, LaQuan Smith, Prabal Gurung, Batsheva, and Collina Strada sport their collections in a five-and-a-half day of runways.
Fashion enthusiasts are sure to feast their eyes on different collections like Wes Gordon’s “The Secret Garden” inspired line. The Carolina Herrera creative director boasted the line’s well-decorated clothing in The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. Meanwhile, Rockefeller Center was also donned with rollerskater models for Victor Gleamud’s designs.
“This collection to me was an unapologetic embrace of being a house that makes beautiful, colorful, floral, happy clothes … We don’t always have to be chasing a trend,” Wes Gordon said.
Elegant beaded gowns by Jason Wu are seen in the East River at Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, while the Beaux-Arts Court of the Brooklyn Museum was filled with Ulla Johnson’s garments.
Collaborations were also the highlight of the fashion week as Tommy Hilfiger brought British designer Richard Quinn for a show held at the Brooklyn waterfront. The show was done as a tribute to Andy Warhol, an icon of the city. Several renowned individuals came in attendance, including Jonn Legend, Kate Moss, Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, and Travis Barker, among others. During the event, Travis Barker’s daughter walked on the runway and later accompanied the models in a final procession.
The runway turned to gold as Gabriela Hearst made her mark on Fashion Week. Held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the runway show featured clothing in black, white, and gold and a little touch of yellow and red. The Resistance Revival Chorus accompanied the show wearing an all-white costume as the audience was awe-struck by the Ancient Greek poet Sappho-inspired clothing.
“I realized I swam a little deeper in the subconscious than usual (for this collection), and so I’m a bit more vulnerable and a bit more exposed, in a way,” Hearst said.
A-Lister Fashion Week
The Fashion Week was filled with A-list individuals. For instance, Proenza Schouler brought together stars like Arca, Kendall Jenner, Anok Yai, and Bella Hadid for a runway show.
One day after, Winnie Harlow, Hari Nef, Julia Fox, Precious Lee, and Lila Moss appeared for the Tommy Hilfiger show. Among others who starred in the show were Veronica Webb, Aoki Lee Simmons, and Chanel Iman. Fashion brand Coach also featured singer Lil Nas X as the brand new global ambassador, wearing the brand’s jelly sandals and black leather vest.
After a slump, Fashion Week is back
Due to the damage and constraints caused by the pandemic, Fashion Week was time and again canceled. However, now that the restrictions have eased following the drop in Covid-19 cases, New York Fashion Week is finally back.
“I feel like we are back — New York is back,” said LaQuan Smith.
“As a native New Yorker, I remember sneaking into New York Fashion Week shows that I wasn’t invited to, so it’s an honor for me to just be on the calendar and have buyers, stylists, and influencers coming to see what LaQuan Smith has to say.”
Design inspirations and themes of the runway were varied, showing the creativity of the designers. From the 1970s disco era to garden-inspired clothing and Ancient Greece, the designers are exploring every possibility of fashion, bringing it to another level.
“To the ones who are demonised because they are not understood in genders, in colors, in places and in values that others know: on this runway, know that we are no longer watching you, we are seeing you,” said Prabal Gurung.