The streets of New York City has always been a regular runway for the people who live and work there. But for two separate weeks in a year, the city that never sleeps receives an even brighter spotlight as it hosts the ever fabulous New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Kicking off the fashion weeks of 2018, the collections at New York Fashion Week set the bar high by making a stand on important issues in this tumultuous time: diversity and women empowerment. Notes Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, “An overwhelming point that we noticed at Vogue was how remarkably diverse the casting was, particularly with the young designers. There’s a sense of less skin exposure and more of going into battle – combat boots, hazard suits, oversized bags.” In case you missed it, here are the hottest RTW Fall collections that definitely made a mark, Wintour-approved.
Raf Simons’ designs have always set fashion circles abuzz when he was a staple at the Paris and Milan Fashion Week for Jil Sander and Dior, respectively, and now, he has conquered New York. He showcased his latest collection for Calvin Klein at the historic American Exchange Building, which was filled with truckloads of popcorn, not to eat, but for VIP guests to wade in. Inside was a prairie-apocalyptic ambiance and a collection dominated by firemen’s jackets, prairie skirts and dresses, and knitted ski hoods.
Coach 1941’s fall collection was all about texture. Creative director Stuart Vevers incorporated eye-catching details like fringes, shearling, and patterned whipstitching to men’s jackets of leather and suede, while the women’s collection included tiered dresses, printed florals against dark colors, with shocks of colors gold and purple. The men’s and women’s common denominator were the fine leather bags with trimmings and fringes that embodies the Coach brand.
For Marc Jacobs, you go big or you go home, but going home was never an option for the risk-takers. Everything about this collection was big and loud, being inspired by the 80s, a decade of bold and striking colors and silhouettes. The models wore pieces from top to bottom – flat-brimmed hats to statement shoes and matching eye makeup to nail polish. Huge jackets, high-waist skirts, dolman sleeves, pleated pants, and big flower embellishments at the neck, waist, and shoulders gave the audience something to stare at, if they haven’t been caught by the on-point color blocking.