New York Fashion Week SS18
A bite-sized chunk had been taken out of the Big Apple when some of America’s most influential designers announced that they were leaving New York Fashion Week and opting for overseas opportunities. First, there was Rodarte, and then one after another, Proenza Schouler, Thom Browne and Altuzarra followed suit. Despite this conspicuous loss, there was still hope in the autumn air at this year’s fashion week with Tom Ford’s return to NYFW. And so far, the week has not been a disappointment, with strong looks filling in the departure of such heavy juggernauts.
Starting off the week, Tom Ford's homecoming did not disappoint. The looks were reminiscent of his heydays at the helm of Gucci, when the brand was then known for its glamourous and sensuous pieces. It was a reminiscent show, one that paid homage to the Nineties, the supermodel era and the audaciously sexy part of the decade. This was mirrored in his heavy star-studded FROW list, where A-listers bedecked the runway in equally stunning pieces. Tittilating bodysuits were paired alongside vibrant tailored suits, and an echo of athleisure was thrown into the mix with oversized bomber jackets that juxtaposed with the beloved and iconic 90s mini skirt style.
Calvin Klein 205W39NYC
This was a show that had the fashion world abuzz as Raf Simons continued to show a strong second collection for the remodelled Calvin Klein, now christened Calvin Klein 205W39NYC. Continuing to pay his respects to his newfound stage, Simons’ second collection was inspired by the yin and yang of America’s representation in films, the long lauded American Dream and its flipside, the exaggeration of American horror stories. Titled ‘Sophomore’ his pieces showcased American pop culture archetypes - Western shirts and freshly tailored garbs that suddenly turned into blood-stained looking coats, slick body bag dresses, splattered dresses and ominous prints that ended in pompom-esque garments. All in all, it was a classic horror story arc, the plot read easily from A to B save for the iconic chase scenes.
After a multitude of fashion week after parties, Alexander Wang made sure you were waking up ‘Wangover’ at his show. Having departed from the usual NYFW location, the show still brought droves of name-worthy front row goers to Bushwick, albeit a tiresome trek in heels. For his first out-of-town show, Wang debuted a collection that departed slightly from his normal athleisure style. It was a playful mix and match, the vision behind it was synonymous of ‘opening up your closet’ says Wang. Party dresses were thrown into the mix, suiting, some casual wear and even tweed jackets reminiscent of Chanel.