Photo Credit: Doris Queen
With five and a half days of runway shows, including collections from designers like Gabriela Hurst, LaQuan Smith, Prabal Gurung, Batsheva, and Collina Strada, New York is currently celebrating Fashion Month.
Fashion fans will like the many designs, such as Wes Gordon’s line that was inspired by “The Secret Garden.” In Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel, the creative director of Carolina Herrera flaunted the beautifully embellished apparel from the brand. Rollerskater models were also used in Rockefeller Center to showcase Victor Gleamud’s creations.
“This collection to me was an unapologetic embrace of being a house that makes beautiful, colorful, floral, happy clothes … We don’t always have to be chasing a trend,” said Wes Gordon.
Jason Wu’s elegant beaded dresses are visible in the East River at Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, while Ulla Johnson’s clothing was shown at the Brooklyn Museum’s Beaux-Arts Court.
The highlight of the week was collaborations, with Tommy Hilfiger bringing British designer Richard Quinn to a presentation set on the Brooklyn waterfront. The performance served as a homage to Andy Warhol, a local legend. Several well-known people attended, including Travis Barker, Kate Moss, Kris Jenner, Jonn Legend, and Kourtney Kardashian. Travis Barker’s daughter participated in the show by taking the runway and afterward joining the models during the final walk.
As Gabriela Hearst made her imprint on Fashion Week, the runway transformed into gold. The runway presentation, which was held in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, featured attire in the colors black, white, and gold with a dash of yellow and red. The crowd was in awe of the Ancient Greek poet Sappho-inspired attire as The Resistance Revival Chorus joined the performance in an all-white ensemble.
“I realized I swam a little deeper in the subconscious than usual (for this collection), and so I’m a bit more vulnerable and a bit more exposed, in a way,” said Hearst.
Fashion Week is an A-lister
There were several celebrities at Fashion Week. For instance, Arca, Kendall Jenner, Anok Yai, and Bella Hadid were all present during the runway show for Proenza Schouler.
Winnie Harlow, Hari Nef, Julia Fox, Precious Lee, and Lila Moss then made an appearance for the Tommy Hilfiger presentation the next day. Veronica Webb, Aoki Lee Simmons, and Chanel Iman were among the other actors that appeared in the program. Singer Lil Nas X served as the face of Coach’s new global ambassador while sporting the company’s jelly shoes and a waistcoat made of black leather.
Fashion Week is up after months of cancellation
Fashion Week was often postponed due to the pandemic’s effects and restrictions. However, New York Fashion Week is finally returned now that the limitations have been relaxed due to the decrease of Covid-19 instances.
“I feel like we are back — New York is back,” LaQuan Smith said.
“As a native New Yorker, I remember sneaking into New York Fashion Week shows that I wasn’t invited to, so it’s an honor for me to just be on the calendar and have buyers, stylists, and influencers coming to see what LaQuan Smith has to say.”
The runway’s themes and design influences varied, showcasing the designers’ originality. The designers are exploring every avenue of fashion, elevating it to a new level, with influences ranging from the disco period of the 1970s to apparel inspired by gardens and Ancient Greece.
“To the ones who are demonised because they are not understood in genders, in colors, in places and in values that others know: on this runway, know that we are no longer watching you, we are seeing you,” Prabal Gurung said.
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