The Runway Recap

New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week. The start of something new and exciting. Tensions are always high when a new Fashion Month kicks off and firstly, all eyes are on the Big Apple. And this season the designers were more than able to surprise. SS18 is looking exhilarating, fun and full of good vibes.

by Karin Cuppens

The Flow

What would Summer be without the perfect dress? Designers seemed to be on a quest for a wavy flow, as well in fabrics as in cuts. Raf Simons aced it for Calvin Klein with an oversized floor-length dress in a light hue of blue that recalls the sea. Pairing this dream of a garment with red boots will make heads turn next season. Yet, The Flow can also be uncovered in a white trouser and shirt combination by the hand of Victoria Beckham. Sublime tailoring with a breezy fabric catapults you straight to SS18.
From left: Sies Marjan, Victoria Beckham, Tibi, Calvin Klein

Brightness

 For SS18 there will be no deficit of colour either. Ranging from the boldest orange to a vibrant turquoise, designers during New York Fashion Week were eager to make it pop. 3.1 Phillip Lim showcased a silhouette wearing a lime sleeveless wrap dress with a red bottom that is stylish, feminine and even more original through its use of colours and fabrics. The palette at hand is large and can be uncovered as a monochrome look yet blocking colours is also a smart choice to up your SS18 game.
From left: Sies Marjan, Tibi, Victoria Beckham, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Utility bag

 Even though there is plenty of room for glamour for SS18, comfort and efficiency also play a rich part of the collections that were shown last week. Flat footwear, loose fits and handbags that can accompany you in your daily life. Models at the shows of Alexander Wang and Calvin Klein were carrying luxurious bags that can entail more than your mobile phone and wallet. These handbags came in all colours and shapes at New York Fashion Week but had their grandeur in common.
From left: Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, Victoria Beckham, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Deconstructed

 While tailoring is usually done with the utmost precision, there were plenty of ‘messy’ snits and details to be seen on the SS18 runways. Pieces of fabric cut off and sewn back on at out-of-the-ordinary places, or layers that give an extra edge, this type of design empowers a look by making people do a double take before really getting the concept. Tibi has taken a minimal approach to deconstructed wear by adding a fragment to a light blue jumpsuit. More on the rough side of tearing pieces apart and putting them back together is Alexander Wang. With a bomber jacket that no longer looks like one and a pair of jeans short added to leather trousers, this seems like the epiphany of deconstruction during New York Fashion Week.
From left: Alexander Wang, Dion Lee, Tibi, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Daring

 New York Fashion Week would not be the same, of course, without a little provocation. This season the fashion in-crowd was treated to a bespoke #Wangfest, waiters wearing close-to-nothing at Tom Ford and a BMX performance at Fenty x Puma by Rihanna. Helmut Lang, on the contrary, took a more daring approach to his designs rather than to his show. Women and men were wearing all-black ensembles that left little to the imagination in some looks. On a relatively more ‘subtle’ note, Jeremy Scott, who celebrated the 20th anniversary of his brand, showed a look complete with pink snakeskin hot pants and more than over-the-knee boots with a camouflage print.

With NYFW wrapped up, LFW picks up the pace this week. Draw inspiration from the streets on what to wear during the rest of the Fashion Month and stand out of the crowd. 
From left: Helmut Lang, Alexander Wang, Tom Ford, Jeremy Scott