New York Fashion Week spring 2018 is hitting it big day after day, entertaining us with coherent fashion inspirations and unforgettable runway shows. While yesterday we analyzed the best Eighties and Nineties-infused fashion shows, today we are focusing both on more street style-approved collections as seen at Fenty x Puma and Oscar de la Renta, and on more casual chic, slightly Eighties-inspired figures, as showcased in the Diane von Furstenberg and Carolina Herrera spring 2018 line-ups.
Fenty x Puma Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Rihanna is having the time of her life. With a newly released makeup line, named Beauty for All (which went sold out within hours as soon as it debuted in stores), Rihanna is the industry’s brightest star.
Her acclaimed Fenty x Puma clothing line never misses a chance to surprise and inspire us, and the anticipation surrounding this specific Fenty x Puma by Rihanna spring/ summer 2018 collection was higher than ever. Needless to say, Rihanna did not disappoint us.
Her newest spring 2018 collection was breathtaking not only in terms of fashions, but also settings. Staged at Park Avenue Armory, New York City, the latest Fenty x Puma spring 2018 runway show included a giant millennial-pink mountain surrounded by professional motorcyclists, and erupting sand that left the public ultimately speechless, indeed.
Like many designers, Rihanna is focusing on top-notch fashions and a good, enjoyable entertainment, which is good news for all those who favor more eclectic kind of fashion shows, rather than more static, fashion-centered ones.
As for the trends the Fenty x Puma spring 2018 collection overwhelmed us with, Rihanna mainly focused on two kinds of motives, namely one closer to the late Eighties/ early Nineties street style outfits, and the other dedicated to the surfer subculture. At times, she even combined elements of each inspiration with one another, creating something completely anew. Crop-tops, crop suits, tech materials, and colorful outfits were all over the place, leaving many in awe.
Oscar de la Renta Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
After a few tumultuous months, things are finally quieting down for Oscar de la Renta and its creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia. This quietness got effortlessly translated to creativity, with the latest Oscar de la Renta spring 2018 collection being unapologetically experimental.
Filled with denim aplenty and street style-approved fashions, this 52-piece Oscar de la Renta spring/ summer 2018 collection mainly focused on daywear, leaving a dream array of cosmic princess-inspired gowns for its grand finale. Although being predominantly baggy and casual in the structures, Oscar de la Renta’s daywear proposals also featured some bon-ton items suitable for work, which were probably the closest things to a standard Oscar de la Renta ensemble we will ever get.
As many fashion critics are pointing out, it seems like Kim and Garcia still need to find their way before finally blowing us away with more distinctive and one-of-a-kind Oscar de la Renta collections, but we believe it won’t take that long before they finally start walking in the right direction (after all, they have big shoes to fill!).
Diane von Furstenberg Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Jonathan Saunders’ DVF will always be the place where flamboyance effortlessly meets elegance. For his latest Diane von Furstenberg spring 2018 collection, creative director Jonathan Saunders took late Eighties-inspired eccentric figures and patterns, at times even further enhancing them with gold and silver undertones, and managed to lighten them up with softer and more flowing lines and cuts, ultimately creating something we yet had to see.
Visually pleasing figures aside, the Diane von Furstenberg spring/ summer 2018 line-up appeared extremely versatile and functional, too, especially for all those, whose springtime seems more like winter’s continuum. Coats, jackets, and pantsuits will, in fact, all play a functional role in anyone’s future wardrobe.
Last but not least, the collection includes a good dose of Andy Warhol’s muse Jane Forth-inspired fashions, so if you are looking for half diva-like, half Seventies-infused dancing queen-approved styles, DFV is the way to go!
Carolina Herrera Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Unveiled at Museum of Modern Art, Carolina Herrera’s spring 2018 collection winks at both a younger and older audience, somehow making it possible to display something that is neither totally modernist, nor exclusively vintage-inspired. Although many were expecting her to unveil a spring 2018 collection inspired by one or more artists exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Carolina Herrera only took fashion as the artistic form behind her inspiration, firmly stating that she won’t “do a dress based by a painting. Only the color.”
Instead, for her spring 2018 line-up, creative director Carolina Herrera infused millennial-approved fashions with vintage patterns and Eighties figures, while taking the time to revisit vintage, Fifties-inspired ensembles with modern materials and more glamorous details.
“I have a lot of young customers. A lot of them. I have young daughters and I know what they want,” Carolina Herrera told Vogue, revealing she did not forget her long-term clients, either, explaining the way many millennials fancy their (grand)mother’s clothing choices. “Sometimes, though, they want to wear what their mothers or grandmothers wore.”
Whether one likes the results or not, it was no small feat indeed, and it just shows Carolina Herrera’s terrific skills in the old art of tailoring.
Photos via Vogue