Show Report: New York Fashion Week
This autumn’s New York Fashion Week was all about upcoming designers. The giant powerhouses of fashion were relatively subdued, while designers who had been waiting in the wings took centre stage. This certainly wasn’t your usual New York Fashion Week.
Instead of the opening ceremony catwalk, there was a Q&A “Pageant of the People” featuring influential women. Kanye West caused controversy with the treatment of his models. Christian Siriano featured NYFW’s first plus-sized models. Pyer Moss made a stand against greed, inviting the fashion industry to think differently. Hood by Air were sponsored by an adult entertainment website. FTL Moda opened with an Indian model who had been attacked with acid.
If nothing else, New York Fashion Week confirmed that times are changing. We are living in the internet days, so unsurprisingly, one of the major trend on display was “emoji” fashion, particularly cherries. Desigual’s models wore MAC Snapchat “puppy” makeup and festival flower crowns. Marc Jacob’s uber-famous supermodels wore Etsy-purchased dreadlock wigs.
Tommy Hilfiger brought a funfair. Ralph Lauren turned the sideway into a catwalk. Alexander Wang collaborated with Adidas. All three designers plus Tom Ford had their collections on sale immediately—with the rise of the “See Now, Buy Now” trend.
A common theme was cutouts—particularly revealing backs, shoulders, and splashes of midriff. Colours were befittingly bold—bright yellows, striking oranges, and cute corals, and dramatic 2-colour contrast blocking. Dresses were a big hit—particularly white, silky, flowing, ethereal dresses, or bold floral patterns, paired with large belts. Other trends included bra tops, flared trousers, nautical stripes, and over sized earrings.
Our favourite designers of this NYFW were Leanne Marshall, Misha, Vera Wang, Christian Siriano, and Libertine who broke the mold with their designs.
Project Runway winner Leanne Marshall particularly impressed with a collection of sheer fabrics displayed in floaty dresses, long skirts paired with crop tops, and triangular ruffles, all finished off with nude sandals. Spring was in full flow with feminine, pastel tones in peach, lilac, and mint greens. Her nymph-like designs are perfect for long summer days.
Australian Misha Collection is a fond celebrity favourite, and this NYFW designer Michelle Aznavorian demonstrated why. She paraded a series of super sexy dresses and coats in black, white, red, and leopard print. Her collection heavily featured leather, sheer lace, and silk. Skin was on show everywhere, with deep v-necks and crossovers, strapless styles, and thigh-high splits—perfect for nights out.
Similarly, the much-loved Vera Wang presented a monochrome palette. Silhouettes were the main feature with structural peplum and flowing skirts, corsets, super-long sleeves, and heavy pearl embellishments over shift dresses. While not something you could wear every day, Wang’s designs are always a work of art.
Project Runway’s 2008 winner Christian Siriano showcased floaty dresses, monochromes, capri trousers, and nautical stripes, all modelled by wonderfully diverse women. There was also a range of vivid orange and bold cyan dresses, as well as and stunning white beaded dresses. His designs, as demonstrated by his models, are perfect for normal, real women.
British designer Johnson Hartig made a bold statement, as his Libertine tag paired fun portrait-print trousers with emoji jumpers, playful comic-book style coats, 70s floral print dresses, punk-inspired looks, and bright pink Libertine-emblazoned fabrics. Amongst the monochrome was a mishmash of striking colours. Most outfits featured embellishments, badges, slogans, and printed words.
This New York Fashion Week was undoubtedly one to remember!