Maxwell debuted his Spring/Summer 2020 collection in Brooklyn, presenting an elevated take on Americana style, including menswear in the mix, alongside the exquisite womenswear. Irina Shayk opened the show with an unexpectedly playful spin on the runway. The collection is filled with denim, clean lines and polished sportswear.
SS20 is a move away from the heavy layering and free use of activewear-esque pieces that were dominant in Linder’s last three collections. The silhouettes here emphasize tailoring and a more ‘formal’ sensibility.
The label has continued to use stretch materials, with its own exploratory prints, in patterns that could be described as sartorial. And the body mapping that has become a brand staple is still there in the armholes and twisted outseams.
The palate is more ‘evening’ than recent collections, with a few blasts of highlighter yellow, orange and blue, and the fabrics as a group are more fine and drape-y.
The brand has continued our use of Mephisto footwear and the white sneakers that appear on the runway offer a peak at a soon-to-be- released collaboration between that legendary shoemaker and Linder.
The team is also very excited to feature custom shoes and boots from Kunn. These are inspired by a style of footwear that was traditionally associated with ‘Ottoman Rowdies’, rakish toughs who operated as informal community law enforcement in the late stages of the empire.
Linder spring collection picks up strands from its previous work and distills them while introducing a new commitment to simplicity and clarity of concept.
The Cinq à Sept Spring 2020 collection embodies the parallels between the culture, style and attitude of the 1970s and that of today. A sense of wonder surrounds the collection illustrated by the astrological inspired embroideries, star jacquard and Swirling Plume print. The Psychedelic Paisley print is modernized in a hammered satin fabric updated in fresh and feminine silhouettes. The flower power inspired Daisy Chain print shows up in both a “mod” suit and ultra-feminine dress. Hand-crocheted knits, high-waisted bellbottoms and statement making collars bring forward nostalgic memories of dancing the night away and the (ongoing) fight for peace and love.
CREDIT: COURTESY OF CINQ À SEPT
DAMOWANG SS20 continues to take WU XIA, a representative culture in modern China, as a conflation of modern and traditional elements; contrasting the ever changing fashion trends with the reserved temperament of the contemporary independent woman. The end design is a fusion of the Chinese element of external grafting with the inner temperament devoid of symbolism where image and entity are intertwined.
There is no fixed boundary between WU XIA and the realm in which it resides. The image is a blend where ancient and modern are entangled. It is only with the help of modern design techniques and materials that the designer can rescue WU XIA from strangulation of contemporary culture.
As a designer, Mr. Han Lei believes that people are living in fragments, and each fragment of reality is superposed into memory. The memory he uses in the SS20 Collection, is that of WU XIA. By adopting his usual splicing alongside other elements: the mixing and matching of layered fabrics, wool, flax, organza, coating, rope, animal texture, fish net, sheepskin, meteor hammer, bamboo tube, headscarf, cloth bag, etc. All these elements play a crucial role in the DAMOWANG show, enabling the designer to specify his role in the virtual and real space of both the scene and image. The designer has turned the classical square plaid pattern, oversize shoulder-pads, various colors, the splicing and superimposition of different materials into a wonderful adhesive-collocating the ancient and modern elements in a new way. The extensive use of hat ornaments and shawls also adds to the erratic and elusive characteristics of WU XIA.
Leveraging the positive feedback from the shoes co-branded with MYWANTS last season, the two designers increased collaboration this season by using classic elements of raw edges, worn-in stylesand splicing to deliver an array of flats, sneakers, boots and slippers with artistic and modern characteristics.
Another collaboration partner is MESHEEN on bags; reshaping life elements such as bamboo, ropes, and dim sum patterns, so as to extend the depth of DAMOWANG’s potential in fashion.
On September 7th , SON JUNG WAN debuted her luxurious Spring/Summer 2020 collection by telling the story of splendor meets retro with color, the collection highlighted the glamour of vintage wear in a modern twist.
The collection featured embroidered dresses full of different layers of iridescent fabrics; a rose gold gown entwined with floral print, array of electric blue gowns, and a neon mint dress that screamed splendor.
September 7th at 10AM at Spring Studios designer TAORAY WANG opened NYFW shows with the Spring Summer 2020 collection featuring tailored suits in sheer mint greens, oversized sleeves with jewel embellishments, black lace, and monochormatic prints.
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, the renowned author, is the inspiration for the TAORAY WANG Spring Summer 2020 collection. An independent, fearless woman living in the war era, Colette led a sensational life of love and rebellion. The challenges never broke Colette’s spirt or stopped her voluminous output, which furthered the women’s empowerment movement.
From a girl in Burgundy who dressed for the countryside, Colette eventually emerged as an exquisite Parisian lady who dared to break taboo by appearing in public in a three-piece suit. Colette’s spirit and style that inspired WANG Tao, the founder, designer and CEO of TAORAY WANG, in her design of 20SS TAORAY WANG ‘Wild Beauty, Intractable Myth’.
The women’s suit is a Tao signature, and she has made it a staple in modern women’s wardrobes. Contrary to tradition of the suit masking femininity, the designer considers it a fashion statement that exudes the charm and power of women.
Spring Summer collection highlights include fresh mint green meets classic black and white, lace collides with cashmere, delicate falbala meets hard stripes, off-the-shoulder contrasts with punk elements and graceful bowknots offset charming silhouettes. These elements, which emphasize the power and confidence of women, are a departure from the traditional masculine Power Suit. Season after season, TAORAY WANG strives to break the rules in design, creating an image of exquisite female leadership.
Sienna Li fall/winter 2019 collection "Polarity" was presented at the Jane Hotel on Tuesday, February 13th. Inspired by the industrial shift at the end of the 20th century when women joined the workforce and men wore many plaid, wool, suiting, but women at the time had a polarity in wearing gowns with puffed sleeves as well as factory working women choosing a mixture of women’s and men’s clothing of the period.
Playful elements included costume beads and buttons and rebellious mixed animal prints and whimsical.
BOUT SIENNA LI
Distilling classic romance into a modern sensibility, SIENNA LI creates upscale, ready-to-wear and custom made couture that invite ladies to join graceful adventures in the designer’s fashion aesthetic world. Imaginative designs accompanied by original creations in construction, silhouette and finishing, SIENNA LI celebrates unexpected beauty and tasteful stylishness with a light sense of mystery.
Founded by designer Sienna Li, the SIENNA LI studio is located in the New York garment district and hires the most experienced seamstresses and pattern makers. Construction is perfected by unlimited fitting processes. Luxury fabrics are tailored into innovative designs with respect for the extremely detail-oriented craftsmanship. All of the clothing is produced in New York with the most exciting quality control.
Influenced by various cultures and art education, Sienna’s design philosophy thrives on her knowledge and experiences beyond fashion. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Chinese literature from China and a master’s degree in English literature from the UK. Her early pursuits in literature provides her with a sophisticated and creative perspective on art and fashion. The multicultural background also became a profound source of inspiration.
When interviewing creative talents while she was working as a journalist in London, she was inspired to pursue a career in the fashion industry. Trained in Central Saint Martins and enrolled in Parsons the New School of Design, she is proficient in design, patternmaking and manufacturing. She refined her expertise and business sense by working in Jason Wu and Johnathan Cohen’s studio.
Romeo Hunte’s Fall/Winter 2019 Collection pays rightful homage to the fashion trends of the early to mid-1900’s. Hunte mixes vintage glam, grit and street to create a collection filled with fur, fringe, and fascinators.
The collection features tie dye bodysuits, satin poncho puffers, denim, trench coats, lambskin tie dye jackets, and biker jackets; staying true to their unique and trendy outwear ethos. Tassels, embellishments, fishnets and a bright color palette compliment the unique designs.
Models who walked the runway included Jason Rodriguez of Pose, and NFL players DJ Moore and AJ Hardy, along with others of various backgrounds, sizes, color and gender, which speaks to the inclusivity that the brand portrays.
Key attendees included Eric Rutherford, Miss J Alexander, Julie Mintz, and Andrea Rachel.
ABOUT ROMEO HUNTE
The Romeo Hunte brand was created in 2013 and rests on outerwear that finds the perfect synergy between modernity and luxury. Their vision is to create modern classic apparel that is practical and transitional at a contemporary price point. Designed in New York City, the line embodies an aesthetic that is cool and intricate, with a seamless balance between feminine and masculine. Romeo Hunte has been worn by First Lady of US, Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Zendaya, Victor Cruz, Dee Hilfiger, Halle Berry, Gabrielle Union, Rita Ora, Dwayne Wade, Evan Turner, Laverne Cox, Justine Skye and more.
On Monday, February 11th, at Cipriani’s 42nd Street, Dennis Basso debuted its Fall/Winter 2019 collection at New York Fashion Week.
The inspiration for this collection is the “New York City Girl.” I think women around the world all have a desire to be a New York City woman. This allows her to experiment with fashion from high to low with a feeling of freedom, strength, and independence. The original New York City girl is our own statue of liberty that represents this woman from casual days to gala evenings. Our New York City woman never allows the clothes to wear here; she wears the clothes.
The silhouettes include haberdashery coats and jackets with feminine touches. Fabrics include cashmere, fox, sable, mink, chinchilla, shearling, dutchess satin, wool jacquard, mohair, and faux fur. After-five dresses and evening gowns have hand embellished flowers, beaded embroidery, animal print, metallic finishes, feathers, and hand pleating. Classic silhouettes include form-fitting gowns and strapless bodices with ball gown skirts. The color palette for this season is daffodil, café, aubergine, faded pink, and rose gold.
“My vision for my New York City girl is for her to select pieces from the collection, experiment, have fun, and enjoy her fashion freedom.”
On Tuesday, February 12 The Blonds blazed back into NYFW with their signature addiction to glamour and appetite for luxury with “THE WORLD IS BLOND.”
Inspired by iconic gangster movies, the show opened with Phillipe Blond wearing a glamorous oversized, metallic-gold-lined, faux fur ivory coat. What followed were models including Paris Hilton, Karrueche Tran, Mj Rodriguez, Aquaria, Lion Babe and The Clermont Twins adorned in incredibly luxe looks featuring rich jewel tones combined with thrilling tiger prints and gold hardware.
Featuring Paris Hilton, Karrueche Tran, Mj Rodriguez, Aquaria, Lion Babe, The Clermont Twins and performance from Lil’ Kim
After the models stationed themselves at the top of the runway, the music shifted and a surprise appearance by Lil' Kim led to a performance of her new song, GO AWFF to close the show.
On Monday, February 11th, alice + olivia presented the 2019 collection at Angel Orensanz. Inspired by “Fantasia” the magical collection featured an array of colors, flowers and butterflies.
Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet Fall 2019 collection is inspired by fantasia, a narrative that is derived from deep inside the imagination. Not based strictly on history or fact, but rather a modern fairytale, a romantic story, a place where magic touches on reality, beauty empowers, and dreams really do come true.
Dreaming of a girl in a world of whimsy and color, Bendet has managed to merge art, fashion, and fantasy with a show that brings her clothes to life through a detailed and imaginative visual experience that speaks to the dreamer in you. For the collection, the clothes evoke surreal beauty and sensual moments, set on stages of magical sparkling snow, and rooms made entirely of red roses and glowing butterflies and sparkling leaves.
Bendet weaves a story of fantasy and reality, creating a magnificent and decadent fall collection. Step into the dream world of alice + olivia through artistic and elaborate sets at the enchanting Angel Orensanz Foundation, where imaginative prints are complimented by a color palette of rich jewel tones in shades of bordeaux, merlot, ruby, and pink mixed with black, white and sparkling metallics.
The Queens of Fantasia are the stand out looks—a pleated bordeaux skirt made with yards of iridescent pleated taffeta is paired with a top created in a new technique of velvet sequin, and a giant rose crown. The snow princess is in a full-length skirt of ivory feathers with a gorgeous white puffer jacket. Prints take a sophisticated turn this season. Engineered burn outs are rich and elegant, while the majestic butterfly print is featured on dresses, kimonos, capes, and pants. Puffer jackets in reversible prints and patterns have a moment, shown over evocative dresses and sequin skirts. Statement T-shirts continue, tying back to the show theme with details such as the female protagonist, and a rainbow fringe sweatshirt embroidered with the word “grateful”.
Signature pants are in a variety of shapes made to juxtapose evening and day—velvet cargo joggers and wide leg pull up styles. The suit of the season is a beautiful merlot satin straight leg pant with an expertly tailored velvet tonal blazer, symbolizing a lux minimalist-meets-maximalist ode to the 90s, while shoulder pads, plunging necklines and short lengths make a statement in the dress world. Animal prints continue into fall, mixing leopard and zebra, featured in mix print and pattern sequin dress and sequin blazer, while rocker t-shirts are cut and sewn and engineered with animal print patterns. Ornate beading comes into play in classic black and white gowns to tie the collection together. Luxurious tailoring of day and evening wear, a vibrant color palette and emotional prints combined to reveal a fall collection that is an empowering wardrobe for the alice + olivia woman.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”