Much has been said about the purpose of fashion weeks, those larger than life productions that take months to prepare and minutes to run their course. And while these controversies are debatable, New York 2018 Fashion Week was anything but divisive (except for, of course, the battle of the divas at Harper’s Bazaars’ ICONS event that left Cardi B with a huge bump on her forehead and Nicki Minaj utterly unaffected). Fashion’s message was fresh, colorful and uplifting. Here is a sneak peek at some standout looks that, no doubt, will find their way into your spring wardrobe.
At Carolina Herrera, Wes Gordon’s debut collection was less Carnegie Hall and a lot more Caracas then when Ms. Herrera was at the helm. Bold colors and shapes with off-the-shoulder necklines, cheeky cutouts, and romantic rather than structured riffs on volume played well to the audience made up of who is who of the Upper East Side.
Shown at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Tory Burch continued with her style that marries a sporty girl with one who is well traveled. There were plenty of long white dresses, tunics, safari sets, sporty separates and cocktail number assuring her fans Burch had them covered from tennis in the afternoon to dinner party at night. The accessory game was very pretty, think large hats and cocktails by the cool vibe. Perfect enough to get noticed.
At Marc Jacobs, the cotton candy-colored confections ruled over the runway. Along with the saccharine sweet clothes dotted with feathers, frills, tulle and bows poufed into voluminous shapes, the silhouette picked up from Jacob’s lasts season’s homage to the 80’s leaving spectators to the conclusions that bigger and brighter is better.
Crisp tonal looks set an uplifting and youthful tone at Tibi. A dreamy color palette from soft dusty purple to pistachio green, chartreuse to cyan dominated the presentation made from gorgeous fabrics cut to perfection. There were plenty of easy dresses and separates to pick from but the spring uniform according to Amy Smilovic, Tibi’s creator, is a tailored blazer with oversized shorts.
By now the entire world knows it. Michael Kors’ ideal girl enjoys a perennial state of vacation. The theme for his spring collection was a global getaway that resulted in a presentation filled with dresses and separates ideal for that “Louis Vuitton suitcase to hotel penthouse suite” kind of living. Fresh faced, pink blushed models sashayed in safe and wearable styles topped with exotic looking turbans that flowed and moved like a summer breeze. By far a show beloved by mega celebs, the front row was packed like a sardine can with A-listers that included Hailee Steinfeld, Diana Argon, Carys Zeta Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Judith Light, Tiffany Haddish, Nicole Kidman, Iman, and Rose Byrne.
3.1 Phillip Lim
3.1 Phillip Lim is as wear friendly as it gets. The offerings for spring didn’t stray from that point of view. Simple silhouettes were made more interesting by clever styling of layers and layers of shirts and tunics. Movable and easy, this was a classic casual presentation matched with extras that were a lot bolder than the actual collection. Sunnies inspired by outdoor enthusiasts, a look of late beloved by Ms. Kim West, elevated the clean canvas by way of an unexpected throwback to the late 90’s when jocks with their mullets were the sartorial bomb.