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Along with a little hint of nostalgia, here we are with another NYFW fall 2018 diary. This time around, we are diving into the fall 2018 ready-to-wear collections of Phillip Lim, and Prabal Gurung, as well as the spring 2018 aesthetics of Ralph Lauren, uncovering a (fashion) world made of memories and escapism. Get ready for barefoot models, pink obsessions, and a few moving drops of tears here and there!
3.1 Phillip Lim Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
Above all, Phillip Lim is a sweetheart. Besides his newest fall 2018 collection’s styles and designs, what he wanted to focus on for this runway show was love, respect, and a little bit of politics, too, as most of his ensembles got inspired by his mother’s creativity (she used to sew his clothes when he was a child), and immigration.
“I remember my mother making clothes from scraps of fabric,” Lim explained to Vogue backstage. “I think that idea of turning discarded materials into something beautiful really speaks to the immigrant experience.”
Phillip Lim, a Thailand-born person of Chinese descent, has never missed a chance to explore his own life journey to fashion, often talking about how his life with an Asian-American background influenced his career.
For the 3.1 Phillip Lim fall 2018 collection, he took all his usual trademarks to a brand-new level, figuratively using patchworks of fabrics to represent his past, and fluid silhouettes (which many have already described as being part of a new ‘gipsy style’) to encourage his customers to just go and get lost somewhere, without being afraid to be led by a good dose of (stylish!) wanderlust.
As for the 40-piece collection in and of itself, we bet many New Yorkers will go crazy for Phillip Lim’s asymmetrical sleeves!
Prabal Gurung Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
Love it or hate it, Prabal Gurung’s runway show is always one of the most anticipated at NYFW. Like Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung fell in love with a nostalgic leitmotif for his fall 2018 collection, making us travel back all the way to Nepal, where he had spent his childhood.
Translated to fashion, Gurung’s unearthed memories overwhelmed NYFW with colored patterns aplenty, rich textures, and heavily layered proposals dominating the scene.
Like Lim (and many other designers already, at this point), Gurung focused on deconstructed suits, and asymmetrical cuts, as well, creating an appealing contrast with the abounding amount of Nepalese-inspired coats, jackets, and sweaters.
Last but not least, Prabal Gurung brought some politics on stage, too (and again, as he has promoted feminist messages on his platform for a while now).
Backstage he explained that his Prabal Gurung fall 2018 collection’s color palette was insoired by the Mosuo matriarchal tribe of China and activist Gulabi Gang, whose connection is the color pink. Pink, which in the Western society stereotypically represents submission and all things normative, in these cases is a representation of strength and fearlessness. And we are down for it!
Ralph Lauren Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
While others, such as Jason Wu, emphasized their shoe lines impressively, for his spring/ summer 2018 collection, Ralph Lauren was all about the clothing line, letting the models walk barefoot on the runway.
Also, while Lim and Gurung took a journey through childhood, attesting their feminist and political views with empirical answers to the most worrying present-day issues, Ralph Lauren decided it was about time to take a little break and catapult his NYFW collection to a fictional Jamaican-inspired world, letting his male and female models (it was a co-ed format) rock the show in full vacation mode.
The new spring 2018 season will be, for Ralph Lauren, centered on posh sweaters, breezy gowns, short shorts, standard Ralph Lauren suits, and bell-bottom pants, and a color palette strictly made of whites and blues, which those who live in (or often visit) the French Riviera will find particularly appealing (don’t worry, there are also some yellows and greens clearly inspired by the Jamaican flag).
We don’t know whether escapism is a good way to cope with our world’s disturbing political issues, but just focusing on nature, fun, and love (even for just a day) doesn’t sound that bad at all.
Photos via Vogue