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.”
Making his official NYFW Men’s runway debut, Alessandro Trincone presented his SS’19 collection, Avvolgimi – a collection that embodies the power within us. Avvolgimi celebrates life and the people who find the courage to be themselves at any cost, breaching the tedious sexual standards and gender roles. It is a personal journey which begins by discovering ourselves and ends with the free and resolute choice of self-expression.
About Alessandro Trincone:
Alessandro Trincone is an Italian fashion designer and owner of the brand that bears his name. After graduating in 2012 in Costume and Fashion Studies at the University of La Sapienza in Rome, he moved to Florence where successfully achieved a master’s degree at the European Institute of Design (IED) and later his second graduation at the Polimoda in Fashion design. He eventually received a scholarship at the Osaka Bunka Fashion College in Japan where he found his authentic inspiration. Growing up in the outskirts of Naples where people around him look at his creativity with strong skepticism was not easy but that hostility only made his artistic impulse stronger. Indeed all the prejudices towards him and his creations endured during his teenage years are dragged into his art and beautifully transformed. That process becomes vital and it is where the concept of “genderless” come from. Using typically feminine fabrics like chiffon, silk and tulle on men becomes his eccentric and recognizable sign. In 2016 he won the Vfiles Runway 7 contest in New York displaying his first official collection Annodami. On that occasion, he caught the eye of the Atlanta rapper Young Thug who chose a particular piece of that collection for the cover of his album “No my name is Jeffery”. Annodami is followed by Abbracciami and Agendermi collections in 2017 and Aroundmi in 2018.
July 10th, 2018 - Willy Chavarria debuted his SS19 Menswear Collection on Monday, July 9th in New York City.
This will be the 5th season the WILLY CHAVARRIA label is offered at wholesale and the 4th public preview of the collection.
The season denoted a new point of view from the designer, embracing the beauty and inspiration offered to American Culture by way of immigration.
This season also included a collaboration with Danish soccer brand Hummel which will focus around the influential positivity of the sport and its value by the many immigrants both legal and undocumented playing soccer as a game of unity and aggression.
Willy also included a collaboration with Jewelry Artist Chris Habana and Photographer Carlos Jaramillo as part of his collection.
Who is your other half? Is it a person? Is it your career? Or is it something else? These are the questions which are at the forefront of Feng Chen Wang’s mind for Spring/Summer 2019.
This season, the designer continues her exploration of human connection, though this time she looks inwards, not outwards, focusing on the things that ‘complete’ us.
‘Half’ is the word of the season, appearing in text on baseball caps, but in less literal ways too– throughout the collection, two items of clothing merge to become one. Shirts are draped on top of one another, while jackets, created as part of Wang’s ongoing collaboration with Levi’s, are layered too. Jeans have additional legs melded to them and the shoes (an iteration of Converse’s iconic Chuck Taylor All Star) see two pairs cut up and spliced together.
These designs are accompanied by some new additions to Wang’s oeuvre, such as suits and shirts, in addition to new outerwear styles, such as trench coats and t-‐shirts with panel details. Bags and jewelry take the form of hands, some holding hands – a universal signifier of connection – while a sculpture constructed from multiple hands stands erect in the center of the show space. Spring/Summer 2019 also sees the introduction of the Feng Chen Wang women – the female counterpart to her male character.
This season, Wang was particularly inspired by diagrams mapping the increase and decrease in temperature throughout the human body as we experience different emotions. While love warms us all over, depression cools us, and anger ignites our head, upper chest and arms. Wang explores this phenomenon through PVC body pieces that refer to different emotions and the area they heat, and in hypercolor-‐style coats that also serve to illustrate this effect.
Alongside neutral tones, black, white and grey, crystal-‐inspired shades of hot pink and cool blue flow throughout the collection, symbolizing love and hate, happiness and sadness, day and night, summer and winter – it’s the Feng Chen Wang yin and yang.
“Who is your other half?” Wang asks. Maybe it’s within you.