New York Fashion Week spring 2018 has drawn to a close, but not quietly. Instead, its latest runway shows are some of the most flamboyant ever (as you will see, one specific runway show just exceeded the Fenty x Puma spring 2018 extravaganza). For this last day of NYFW, we chose to focus on three of the “most American” collections ever, namely those of Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs.
Creative and often prone to opulence, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs didn’t fall short of our expectations and thirst for fashion, for sure, but rather surprised us with new interpretations of fashion and entertainment. Here is what happened at their runway shows.
Michael Kors Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
As usual, Michael Kors’ runway show was one of the most anticipated. Like Tom Ford, Michael Kors is one of the few American designers who are currently experiencing the strongest sales growth, and this is also due to his relationship with his customers. He seems to perfectly foresee what they expect and look forward to from a fashion house, whose ensembles are always ready-to-wear and fashionable, indeed.
For the Michael Kors spring/ summer 2018 collection, the fashion designer managed to turn casual fashions into urban-ready styles, which will be suitable for both leisure time and any busy workday. According to Michael Kors, the upcoming springtime will be all about feeling comfortable, carefree yet flawless, and, more than anything, will be all about a woman’s needs.
“Remember when you would never have seen a girl wearing flip-flops or cutoffs in New York or London or any major city in the world?” he explained to WWD during a preview. “The reality is that that is not the reality anymore. So how do you heighten that attitude of easiness to a way that works in a city?”
White sweatshirts, pastel colors, shirts knotted on the front, practical trench coats, and overall early ‘00s-inspired looks were all answers to this question, and the transposition of the collection to future actual sales, we bet, will be extremely positive.
Ralph Lauren Fall/ Winter 2017-2018 RTW Collection
What would a NYFW be like without a Ralph Lauren runway show? Unveiled on September 13th, Ralph Lauren’s fall/ winter 2017-18 see-now-buy-now collection was an ode to the fashion house’s founder’s passion for fashion and luxury cars, and was as iconic as a fashion and luxury car exhibition could possibly get.
Presented at Ralph Lauren’s garage in his private home in New York City, Ralph Lauren’s fall/ winter 2017-18 collection brought both models and Mr. Lauren’s collection of exclusive automobiles on stage, with the latter being all lined up on the runway. The show, which was in a co-ed and see-now-buy-now format, celebrated Ralph Lauren’s way of perceiving fashion from start to finish, with the iconic suits being the line-up’s sole protagonists.
The collection, which was definitely autumn-ready, included coordinates and plaids aplenty, along with a few Moto GP-inspired outfits too, which, in return, all created a peculiar contrast with Ralph Lauren’s extra-opulent ball-gowns, the lines and materials of which looked closer to haute couture than ready-to-wear.
Of course, the show culminated in a lobster dinner form his signature restaurant, giving the audience a full Ralph Lauren-approved experience they won’t very likely forget. “After you have worked so hard to create your collection, you want your audience to experience it in the perfect environment,” Mr. Lauren told The Man Repeller.
As of now, he wins the “Most Extravagant NYFW Fashion Show Award” hands down.
Marc Jacobs Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Staged at Park Avenue Armory, the Marc Jacobs spring 2018 runway show began as silent and rigorous, with the models marching only to the sound of their own shoes (which were all quirkily covetable). As soon as they approached the collection’s grand finale, Marc Jacobs let a 1981 aria from the French film Diva play as the background music, leaving the audience in awe.
Inspired by French couture, exotic scenarios, and late Twenties fashion, Marc Jacobs’ spring 2018 collection was experimental and dreamy at the same time, with the exaggerated silhouettes perfectly emphasizing this surreal spirit. The collection could be described as a French couture-lover queen Nefertiti in the Twentieth century, and was not made for the casual-chic souls.
Turbans, capes, rich colors, and sparkling gowns were all an intrinsic part of Marc Jacobs’ exotic and timeless dream, whose fashion references will probably mark a turning point for the American designer’s way of perceiving fashion.
Photos via Vogue