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From iconic movies being included in designs to extremely well tailored and flattering separates, New York Fashion Week’s last day unveiled the spring/ summer 2019 collections for Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs with a bang. There was no lack of flair or drama, as each collection had plenty of their own, keeping the audience captivated to sew in ideas of what clothes from each lineup they would just have to have.
Calvin Klein created a line perfect for any fan of Jaws or The Graduate. Michael Kors made sure to bring the color and the prints that practically sing “Springtime is here.” Finally Marc Jacobs’ spring 2019 ready-to-wear collection was nothing short of drool-worthy.
Look after look each of the items shown was a fashion lover’s dream, in cuts and silhouettes that showcased excellent vision and construction. We’ve all been left holding our breath and waiting, knowing that spring has sprung with new fashions we are all excited to wear.
Calvin Klein Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
The Calvin Klein spring/ summer 2019 runway showed a homage to movies from Raf Simons that very prominently displayed a love for Jaws and The Graduate. Hoping to create a collection that inspired the same verve and lasting popularity as movies at the source of his inspiration, Simons presented a lineup with pieces that blatantly declared the theme.
The show opened with a scene from Jaws, specifically where Chrissie Watkins goes for her last swim.
The tailoring of each piece, most specifically the variety of blazers, was spot on perfection, but that is to be expected. Past work has shown that Simons has a talent for tailoring.
Most of the Calvin Klein spring 2019 collection was overshadowed by the inclusion of the “ready-to-wear’ wetsuit in various stages of the show, but there were clearly other springtime wearable pieces that were more likely to gain and maintain popularity. The CK Jaws-inspired T-shirts are easily going to be one of the most important and quickly accessed takeaways from the collection.
As Simons referenced both movies as “very important movies in my memory” (and indeed everyone else’s”, it was even clearer in the design of some of the pieces. For example, graduation gowns were artfully flung as cloaks on some of the models’ shoulders – they came off as surprisingly chic and interesting and clear call-outs for the inspiration of their design.
The mortarboards (or graduation caps) were less compelling in their inclusion.
Michael Kors Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
“The world is upside down, and I say, kill them with kindness, spirit, joy and charm,” Michael Kors espoused in a preview, explaining his philosophy and giving us an insight into the summery, bright spring 2019 collection he would show.
Lots of different prints in colors that are eye-catching and visually delightful were spread evenly throughout the Michael Kors spring 2019 show. The looks and outfits were easygoing and easy to picture oneself in for the upcoming season.
So many of the looks were fashionably relaxed, like a pair of yellow flower print joggers on a sky-blue background, paired with an oversized green striped shirt, black jacket and bucket hat. It was the ultimate “running around” look, but still very cool.
The dresses and separates, as usual, were on par with expectations of excellence and wearability, some with matching summer 2019 shoes. Everything you could consider for summer from swim caps to sundresses was covered, and the men’s line, which showed simultaneously with the women’s clothes, was the same level of comfort and cool, though the shorts were definitely on the shorter side.
The Michael Kors spring/ summer 2019 ready-to-wear collection was not just visually appealing, it looked like it would be a lot of fun to wear. The matching separates and the mix-and-match pieces would be a lot of fun to play around with, and it was evident that thought went into how women want to shop for the “newness” of the spring and summer season.
“Women want joyous, wonderful things that make them smile, but at the same time are not so precious that they put them away in the closet. You have to take the stuffing out of what’s indulgent,” Kors explained to WWD.
Marc Jacobs Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
Though the Marc Jacobs spring/ summer 2019 runway presentation started much later than intended, it certainly did not let any of us down. These were the fashions that you dress in when you want to inspire someone else with your OOTD.
What Marc Jacobs presented for spring were “looks”, not just clothes, that included pops of pastels and worked in dark colors that were inspired by the work of Genieve Figgis and his favorite designers interpreted in his own way.
Marc Jacobs explained his vision rather clearly to WWD during the preview: “I really don’t care if it’s new or old or modern or casual or dressy or whatever. I think there are plenty of people dressing women to go to Starbucks. It’s not of interest to me. If you’re going to get dressed up, get dressed up. If you’re going to not get dressed, wear your sweats to go to Starbucks.”
The dedication to shape and texture was evident and appreciated, as accessories like mammoth-sized waist flowers that still appeared to be delicately designed made their way down the Marc Jacobs spring 2019 runway. His expression of fashion and style was neither muddled nor confused, and his vision was executed well.
These are the outfits you wear when you are confident in your sense of fashion. These clothes are worn with full appreciation of the labor of efforts and love put in by Marc Jacobs, Joseph Carter (the creative director of Jacobs womenswear) and his team.
Photos via Vogue