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New York Fashion Week fall 2018 is already here and, above all, willing to tell us something, that nobody (nor any city) will ever dethrone her as the ultimate fashion-forward queen of the industry. With more and more designers adopting runway locations for new (even if temporary), many began thinking New York was just about to give way to other fashionable cities such as Los Angeles. However, fashion houses such as Tom Ford, Jason Wu, and Proenza Schouler just proved everyone wrong.
For their fall/ winter 2018-2019 runway collections, creative directors Tom Ford, Jason Wu, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez all brought something familiarly new, captivating, and iconic (in their uniquely different ways), on stage, too, serving good dose of glamour, signature NYFW-approved clean cuts, and fancily hipster leitmotivs here and there, making us eager to find what kind of surprises NYFW has in store for us for the upcoming few seasons.
Tom Ford Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
For the upcoming fall 2018 season, designer Tom Ford decided it was about time to bring a few things back, which for men include basic staples such as the silk boxer. For women, the cosmopolitan creative mind aimed at giving the Eighties some of their boldest revisits, big shoulders, geometric cuts, and glittery fabrics, included.
The newest Tom Ford fall 2018 ready-to-wear collection literally lightened New York up, with even neon patchworks and shiny rhinestones reinforcing the designer’s implicit leitmotif, i.e. the encouragement to be fierce and unapologetically cool! Not for nothing, one of his crewneck sweatshirts was emblazoned with the coolest place of them all, “Tom Ford Beverly Hills,” which apparently Ford is eager to revive and transpose to this late ‘10s runway show of his.
Last but not least, one of his bags was refined with (another) fierce “Pussy Power” writing, which many perceived as an ode and support to the #metoo movement. Suits, and empowering notes aside, we may expect pro-environment, eco-friendly fashion statements at Tom Ford’s fashion house from now on, as the designer just revealed he has been vegan for circa a year and is now conflicted about fur and animal-derived products (we don’t think all of these will make him stop treating us to glittery animal prints, though!).
Jason Wu Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
Filled with A-list celebrities, Jason Wu’s fall 2018 collection proved New York is always a hotbed for trends, and that its legacy with footwear trends is, in fact, alive and kicking.
Above all, Jason Wu willingly declared his love for New York and all that the Big Apple entails in terms of fashion.
“Many people are down about New York, but I’m doing three shows here,” he told Business of Fashion backstage. “I love that everything is different now. I really want to be part of making [NYFW] exciting.”
For these (and many other) reasons, for his fall 2018 runway show, designer Jason Wu joined forces with Manolo Blahnik, creating three different styles that are already (and unsurprisingly) on many people’s wish lists. All the different styles could be summed up with a sort of corsets meet pointy-toe Blahnik-approved shoes, with suede, lace, and grommets giving the extra touch of glamour we all need for the colder seasons.
As for the actual clothing line, Jason Wu gave NYFW something to celebrate, for sure. Tailored and exquisitely dynamic, Jason Wu’s fall 2018 collection combined structured silhouettes with fluid fabrics, treating us to both cocktail-ready ensembles (which a future Manolo Blahnik lover Carrie Bradshaw will happily wear), and more Brooklyn/hipster-inspired outfits, among which the it-items are the crewneck knitted sweaters.
Of course, a few sparkling accents were to be found, too, as Jason Wu drenchd his fabrics in cascades of Swarovski crystals that were just as imperceptible as unforgettable.
Proenza Schouler Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
Proenza Schouler showcased its fall 2018 collection ahead of time, giving us a glimpse of the upcoming fall 2018 trends already, namely balloon sleeves, see-through lace fabrics and a predisposition to the “sophisticatedly casual” kind of attitudes.
With their 37-piece Proenza Schouler fall 2018 collection, designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez took their aesthetics and their it-woman “back to California, to handcraft, women’s lib,” as Hernandez revealed backstage, “picking things up as she goes along. A voyager across borders.”
As a result, their line-up featured everything from tie-dye patterns to Western-style patchworks to macramé, taking us back to the Sixties as well as the Seventies.
Although predominantly dark in its color palette, the Proenza Schouler fall 2018 collection brought a few rich oranges and yellows onstage as well, proving one more time that, although satisfying everyone’s taste is a must-do at NYFW, the brand’s urbanely glamour soul will always be untouchable.
Photos via Vogue