new york fashion week spring/summer 19: fashion report

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It’s a wrap for New York Fashion Week, folks! But in case you missed it, I got you an overview of what would be in style, of what to wear for your #OOTD, of what people would wear strolling down the street, of what category you should serve and give next year. Here’s the thing, the designers had forecasted that the fashion staple for Spring and Summer 2019 is you. Yes, you! The event held on early September 2018 was packed with the designers showcasing their collections about the diversity of self-expression. It was, indeed, a celebration of what makes you who you are, of what makes you one of a kind, of what makes you unapologetically you, which highlighted the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent of an individual.

From Tom Ford’s remark after the show saying that he “wanted to make men and women feel more beautiful and to empower them with a feeling of confidence; a feeling of knowing that they looked their best and could then present their best selves to the world,” to Norma Kamali’s collection which was basically about partners sharing fashion items—so, expect to see a male model wearing fringed pants and a female model wearing denim print uniform-inspired jumpsuit, to Pierpaolo Piccioli via his Red Valentino collection showcasing the beauty of the contrary, celebrating strength and creativity, and being not only a fashion statement but also “the signifier of personal identity and affirmation of the self,” to Jeremy Scott putting pictures of himself in a dress for the Spring collection to Patrick Church whose hand-painted characters printed on the entire collection being about “proudly wearing their insecurities and owning their identity”—not to mention the fact that his collection was all modeled by older women, to Monse’s designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia deciding to create loads of unisex items for their Spring/Summer collection have, indeed, given more than enough assurance to the notion that next year’s trend would be all about authenticity despite gender, age, size, and everything.

To top everything off, Deveaux and Vaquera’s decision to include non-model women as well as Chromat’s designer, Becca McCharen-Tran casting cancer survivor and amputee Mama Cax to walk down the runway have not only crystal-clearly justified the aforementioned, but also adds to the fact that fashion is about inclusivity. To have someone who is not necessarily a model or is a cancer survivor casted in NYFW is groundbreaking; partly because, as someone who is living in a small city like me, it gives you hope that nothing is impossible and the other is due to the fact that as we move forward fashion is no longer about uniformity nor similarity, but is more about putting diversity under the spotlight. Fashion is not supposed to make you look like everybody else. It’s there so that every-single-quality-that-makes-you you shine through.

Anyway, with all the in-depth talk about fashion as a form of self-expression I’m going to show you my personal fresh-off-the-runway picks which can be an inspiration in expressing yourself.
left to right: christian cowan, r13, boss, brandon maxwell, seis marjan
  1. This Christian Cowan’s hoodie × pre-sequined fabric combo brought me back to the Fame era of Lady Gaga: a little bit of pop, a little bit of electronic, but it’s full-on dancefloor ready. It is a perfect mix of cool kid vibe and RuPaul’s Drag Race, the resemblance of strength and glam, and the quintessential Bryan Boy. Pre-sequin in itself is quite statement-making, so the easiest way is just to wear it as it is; no pants no nothing. I guess the length is enough to cover your derrière. But if you insist, just slide in your comfy black jeans and high tops.
  2. I used to be skeptical about leopard print due to its “loudness” but this one right here by R13 has changed my perspective entirely. You can actually tone it down by wearing an all-black ensemble. And I don’t know if you notice but the pre-sequined jeans, their ripped details, and the fringe detail on the jacket share the same spotlight with the print.
  3. It takes courage to wear an item as daring as a see-through top like this one by Boss, since I think once you decided to wear it, you decided to put that zero-fucks-given attitude on your sleeve as well. That’s my kind of people, really. Plus, the placing of the pockets is intelligent and silently screams, “Oh you thought since I was wearing this, you’re gonna see everything? Try again”—shoutout to Inglo Wilts for that!
  4. “I swear I’ve seen something quite similar to this look,” was my reaction to this Brandon Maxwell’s Spring 2019 collection. So, I googled “Sharon Stone 1998 Oscars dress” and I found the answer. Here if you didn’t quite get the reference: Sharon Stone was wearing Vera Wang shiny lilac skirt over a white button down by Gap; when you read between the lines, you would see that those two were actually quite identical—well, except for the fact that the look by Brandon Maxwell was pants and mint-colored. But, that wasn’t my point. My point was how something as ready-to-wear as a white shirt paired up with the glamorous, next-leveled, shiny fabric made pants would go along very well. The shirt toning down the extra fancy pants and the pants lifting up the basic button down made the ensemble not only client meeting ready but also happy hour ready.
  5. Pajamas were ubiquitous. I mean, who would’ve thought that what you wore to sleep would also be what you wore during the day? And the knit worn over the PJs also maintained the laid-backness and effortlessness; so if you tried too hard to come up with something extra, just remember this Spring collection by Seis Marjan.
    left to right: coach 1941, marc jacobs, jeremy scott, ralph lauren, sally lapointe

  6. Harry Styles was the first person that I associated this look with. I mean as a solo artist, he has made numerous classical references through his outfits as well as broken the gender boundary. He wasn’t afraid of wearing pattern suits, pussybow shirts, and ruffles. And this one showcased during New York Fashion Week by Coach 1941 perfectly exemplified the art of dressing up regardless gender. The opted white hue came across as clean and classy but the ruffles dripping down from the collar and on the sides added the flamboyant, delicate, and artsy effect to it. The patchwork jeans also maintained the artistry level of the shirt without overpowering.
  7. Even though Marc Jacobs Spring 2019 lineup was filled with extra-looking, dramatic, over-the-top ensembles made of feather, silk and any finest garment you could find, this 80s inspired bold shoulders suit hit me right in the feels. To me, the look was perceived, processed, and translated as powerful and playful. The suit in itself was powerful giving you executive realness. The multicolor of salmon, popcorn yellow, sky blue, and black, on the other hand, provided playful and stylish narrative to it while keep the suit’s powerfulness.
  8. Jeremy Scott is hands-down one of my favorite designers. His bold, witty, expressive, and creative approach to fashion has never ceased to inspire me. And for spring 2019 he offered patchwork denim overall which I think is a fun idea to transform the item considered to be the prototype of 90s fashion. The zipper detail from front to back was rather outré but was very à la Jeremy Scott.
  9. Ralph Lauren was celebrating its 50th anniversary during NYFW and everyone from kids to adults walked down the runway. The collection wrapped up the narratives of being in the fashion industry for half a century. This one look particularly caught my attention as it seemed to come out of classic literature I used to study in class; maybe Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer or Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or it could also be Jack Dawson. If you looked closely, you would notice that the knee area was made dirty and that patchwork sewn on one side. I liked to think that as a way the designer conveyed the history of America. But the fact that formal shirt paired up with tie was worn underneath the overall gave a modern twist.
  10. A few days ago I made an Insta-story about this look by Sally LaPointe. The said story asked about how to describe the color without using any color-related terms. An answer that really got me was someone saying that the color was an equivalent to McDonald’s Fanta Float, hence I named the color as Fanta Float Fantasy. The ensemble of cashmere knit top and matching shorts had had me at the opted color. Added the fact that it was paired up with translucent vinyl coat of matching color put everything to a whole another and edgier level.

pictures were taken from and edited by yours truly.

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