New York Fashion Week has officially drawn to a close for another season, and it has to be one of the biggest fashion weeks yet. There was no shortage of iconic street style, with the influencers, celebrities and editors giving the shows a run for their money.
Fashion week favourite Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat served up multiple looks a day, with everything from edgy leathers to floral prairie dresses, showing us the best ways to wear the trends. Aimee Song kept the pastel trend alive with a whole range of soft colour schemes worn in totally wearable ways – we’ll be grabbing every coloured slip dress we can find ASAP. There were brightly coloured suits and tailoring everywhere giving us an idea of just what the trends for the next season will be – and how we can be wearing them. We also saw plenty of pearl hair slides and headbands, so you don’t have to throw out your Summer accessories just yet.
The shows themselves definitely didn’t disappoint and went bigger and harder than ever before. The Blonds’ Moulin Rouge themed presentation brought 00s icon Paris Hilton out on her very own Eiffel Tower, whilst Billy Porter sang Lady Marmalade for the crowd – check out the videos online because it looks WILD.
They weren’t the only celebs getting their 5 minutes on the runway – Real Housewives fans hold onto your champagne, ‘cause NYC went heavy on the reality stars this season. RHOBH star Kyle Richards’ Kyle & Shahida show, co-designed by Shahida Clayton, saw not one, not two, but FIVE of her Beverly Hills cast members walk for her. Meanwile, Project Runway amuni and dresser of some of our favourite drag queens, Garo Sparo, had some of Drag Race’s best known faces walk for him, and closed the show with Tinsley Mortimer of RHONY. Who would have thought three of our favourite guilty TV pleasures could collide so perfectly?
Arguably the biggest scene stealer of a presentation has to go to Rhianna’s Savage X Fenty presentation. The show itself remains relatively secretive. The audience weren’t allowed their phones and had to put them in lock boxes before it began, and the public will have to wait for it to be streamed on Amazon on Sept 20th to see what all the hype was really about. However, it sounds like it was the show to end all shows. Rhianna herself performed, and the whole show was a mix of dancers and some of fashion biggest names like Gigi and Bella Hadid and Cara Delevingne. There were even surprise cameos from DJ Khaled, Big Sean, A$AP Ferg, and Halsey as she performed her new single.
The show was full of diversity and female empowerment and Rhianna had some of pop culture’s most prominent activists and power players like Laverne Cox, and Rhianna herself said she wanted to create a safe space for all body types, races and genders. Mission accomplished, we think, and if anyone needs us, we’ll be watching the stream on Amazon (link here; https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07XJ22SCV/ref=dvm_uk_sl_tit%7Cc_384241203994_m_3BM9mGkU-dc_s_) for the next month.
Ground breaking presentations aside, we can’t talk about NYFW without mentioning the fashion – ohhh, the fashion. It was good. We were thrilled to see that we don’t need to get rid of our beloved neon green any time soon, (“What we’ll miss about Summer Fashion article coming soon) with plenty of shows featuring the colour. Jeremy Scott’s show was, as always, an eye watering masterpiece of neons and colour, just in case anyone was in any doubt that we can still get away with bold colours for another season.
Alice & Olivia kept it to an almost entirely monochromatic pink colour scheme, featuring bold feminist messages and rainbow dyed jumpsuits and jeans. The rest of their collections was an assortment of colour blocking that made us want to immediately throw out everything neutral we’ve ever bought and live in an entirely candy coloured outfit from now on.
For those of you not quite ready to burn your neutrals, Area gave the perfect example of how to be completely extra without a dot of colour in sight. Their simple tailoring and basic colours were decorated with diamonds, chains and metallic fringing – and we are here for it. In the spirit of Area, we will be grabbing our favourite necklaces (yes, all of them) and making our most basic outfit a runway ready triumph.
Now we have New York out the way – and we already miss it – we’re all ready for London’s shows to kick off this week. London is typically more rebellious when it comes to its shows, and there’s been a lot of controversy and activism surrounding it recently thanks to more awareness around climate change. With famous designers such as JW Anderson, House of Holland and Alexa Chung set to showcase their work, not to mention activism icon Vivienne Westwood, we’re sure this week’s shows will be making a huge impact in more ways than one.
By Faith Richardson
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