Hello lovelies, today I’ll be doing Part 2 of my insights into New York Fashion Week, so let’s begin!
I noticed there was a lot of Asian representation at this New York Fashion Week, and I’m really happy about that. In Part 1 of my NYFW post, I talked about designers such as Calvin Luo and Concept Korea, which shows that more and more Asians are starting to break into the fashion industry.
YAJUN // DESIGNER: YAJUN MELODY LIN
Yajun made her official debut here at NYFW, but not before one of her pieces was worn by Rihanna at one of her performances. She redefined her Chinese name to rebel against male dominance; “Ya” would mean “elegant” and “Jun” would be defined as “gentleman,” therefore bringing masculine and feminine elements to her brand as well as a touch of rebellion.
Her collection focused on elegance combined with rebellion. She said that she enjoyed the contrast of perfect finishes against raw edges, which was displayed throughout the show.
I like how the dress seemed to be ripped apart asymmetrically and then tied back together; this reminds me of DIY shirts back in high school when girls would cut up their shirts and tie it back together to look cool.
Ostertag draws his inspiration from nature and his travel experiences. He’s worked with high-end brands such as Burberry and Paul Smith, but created his own brand in 2006.
I feel like ruffles were one of the trends that I saw repeatedly in these shows.
I like the combination of fabrics; he also had many see-through pieces in this collection.
A blue-and-white tie-dye print reminiscent of clouds and skies were one of the motifs in this collection; this beautiful blue-green shade was also used repeatedly.
NOON BY NOOR // DESIGNERS: SHAIKHA NOOR AL KHALIFA & SHAIKHA HAYA AL KHALIFA
After studying fashion design in the United States, these cousins returned to Bahrain and created their label in 2008. Many celebrities have worn their Eastern and Western-inspired designs over the years; their focus is on being effortlessly luxurious while standing out with prints and embellishments.
I really like how casual this piece is; the hooded sweatshirt underneath a duster coat makes an effortless look and the tailored jogger pants keep it from looking sloppy.
This is a perfect office look with a mixture of different materials to break up this all-black outfit.
This caught my eye because of the way the skirt was draped. It’s baggy, but it doesn’t add too much volume to the lower body.
This is an elegant piece, but it stands out because underneath the skirt are pants. This reminds me of the time where Lady Gaga wore a dress with pants to the Oscars last year.
ZIMMERMAN // DESIGNERS: NICKY & SIMONE ZIMMERMANN
ZIMMERMANN is an Australian brand that was founded in 1991 and became successful through fusing swimwear with fashion. It first began with Nicky designing the pieces and later on, her sister Simone joined the business with her.
Ruffles were a recurring motif in this collection. I also like how relaxed these pants are.
I personally think this would look great on a plus-size woman with the shawl removed because the layers on the skirt would compliment someone with curves and emphasize an hourglass shape.
The dresses were paired with knee-high lace-up boots which made the pieces more edgy.
At first glance, this dress looks old-fashioned with the heavy use of ruffled lace, but the deep V-cut and asymmetrical skirt hem adds a modern twist.
BROCK COLLECTION // DESIGNERS: LAURA VASSAR & KRIS BROCK
For people who have followed this brand from the beginning, they might remember it as being more minimal. However, this collection focused on being “raw and romantic, but not too precious.”
I love the coat on this piece; it looks very royal but modern.
I like the print on this as well as how it looks a little old-fashioned, but the fact that it’s a cropped top and skirt makes it more modern.
This is a sophisticated dress with some cuts and slits to add some interest.
This was one of my favorite pieces from the collection; the designers mentioned that some of their pieces were two-in-one dresses by layering a lace dress over a floral slip which might appeal to an older audience that wants to wear florals but still look sophisticated.
Jarel Zhang is a Chinese designer with two master degrees from studying in London. His collection was inspired by finding “Beauty in the Chaos.” Finding “beauty in the chaos” was taken from observing the New York streets and creating pieces from the structure of the city.
Most of his pieces involved oversized anoraks and manipulating the material with pleats and zip pockets.
He also created a variety of outfits with bold color combinations, creating a rainbow of a show.
We can see some of the pleating details here. In addition, to digress from the fashion for a moment, Zhang also brought the bright shades into the makeup as well, mixing and matching eyeshadow colors to the pieces.
Xinyin Xu, known as Vicky Zhang, is one of the most popular family-themed brands in China. This collection was inspired by the Tang dynasty, and her designs were paired with adults and young children walking the runway together.
I saved this designer for the end because I think this was one of my favorite collections out of everyone I researched. Every piece was so well designed and I wanted to showcase them all, but I narrowed it down to 5 of my favorites.
Khan seemed to be appealing to a younger crowd with this collection, looking to create looks for a sexy millennial woman that could also mix with street style fashion.
I love the mix of femininity with a masculine blazer and pants. The revealing outfit definitely reflects current fashion trends, especially in Los Angeles and California in general.
I like the way this all-black outfit was not only broken up with different fabrics, but also with textures (personal note: I love the boots!).
This piece is amazing from head to toe, from the lines in the dress, to the hem of the skirt, to the lace tights, and the leopard pumps.
This dress is beautifully flowy with a stunning combination of colors mixed together and perfect color-blocking.
This was the final piece of Khan’s show, and it was a showstopper; I literally gasped when I saw this.
So that wraps up my recap of Spring/Summer 2018 new York Fashion Week! I hope you enjoyed this; although it took a lot of research, I really liked discovering all these designers.
If you haven’t seen part 1 yet, you can click here! I know NYFW ended over a week ago, but I think this is great if you want a quicker summary of the shows and to learn about some of the designers.
I know London Fashion Week just ended, so be on the lookout for more fashion week posts because I’ll be researching that next! Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you lovelies tomorrow!