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New York Fashion Week has seen a lot of upheaval lately, but it appears to be on the road to recovery after losing a few shows to the more prestigious Paris Fashion Week during the past season. As we enter the 9th day of this season, there has been much we have noticed. This includes a lack of Kendall Jenner on the catwalk, a whole lot of beautiful Bella Hadid, and a return to New York Fashion Week by Proenza Schouler with some rather tantalizing must-have pieces.
All in all, we are happy to see things back in order and look forward to NYFW in the coming years as well. Today’s diary spotlights the errant designer’s return to New York, Oscar de la Renta’s incredible summer styles, and a whopping 65-look-long Coach show that brings fall and winter to mind instead.
Proenza Schouler Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
Mix and match with Proenza Schouler this spring, as we get some 1980s-meet-the-future designs, multi-layered and breaking every fashion rule. Neither the fabrics nor the colors match, neither the styles nor the overall flow of the outfits. And yet, it works well somehow.
Throwing denim skirts over flowy pants with intriguing tops seems to be the new norm here, and we are unsure how to view it. It certainly is unique, artistic and, once you get over the fashion faux pas aspect of it, looks pretty good.
“We want the clothes to be fashion, but also to be more real,” Lazaro Hernandez told Vogue about the Proenza Schouler spring 2019 lineup. “That’s what feels right in the world today. It’s kind of a cliché, but it’s gotta be real.”
While the past year was about adding on the fireworks with embroidery, feathers and fun, this season was the calm, the chill and the truly grounded that was brought forth. The pieces use less expensive materials, include button-down shirts and even some tie-dye treatments, all the while toning down the colors and the extra effects through print and texture.
Instead, we get lots of denim and lots of softly flowing trousers in the Proenza Schouler spring 2019 ready-to-wear collection. It truly seems that they are back in the New York Groove.
Oscar de la Renta Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
If you want an example of a label seeing radical change, just take Oscar de la Renta as an example, before and after the arrival of Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia. It is all about the hip, the street and the grounded flair: while we have lost the elegance of the past, we have gained strapless bustiers, sarong-style wraps and even pajama-style sets instead.
Extravagance still finds its way onto the Oscar de la Renta spring 2019 lineup, but it appears the label has taken a turn towards the “real” woman in question: the one who is going to sway to a beat in the soft summer rain.
The Oscar de la Renta spring 2019 ready-to-wear collection screams spring and summer, despite sharing a runway with those who see the spring collection as an extension of fall. Fringe adds fun, sarong skirts go for culture, and high slits have us wondering if we will be flashed from stage.
There are some incredibly beautiful boho chic dresses among the mix, and from the looks of it, bright spring 2019 colors, particularly oranges and yellows are fully in to stay the year. There is an outfit up there for every taste, from the tastefully printed skirts and dresses to the gentle reddish orange hues on some of those sweaters.
High necks, off the shoulders, and plunging necklines all make the cut it seems, while diagonal-cut skirts are on the top of the Oscar de la Renta spring 2019 trends. Which of the 64 looks will you choose?
Coach 1941 Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
Boho chic and a Coachella feel have long been Coach 1941’s staples with spring 2019 showing no signs of letting up on this fashion trend. On the contrary, we are given a rather interesting environment to watch the show from as a giant dinosaur looms above head, and there is sand strewn across the runway.
Between long, distressed leather jackets and billowing cotton blouses, Coach certainly enjoys bringing a lady into a world of carefree fantasy. It’s delightfully sexy but with some rather eerie twists on the innocent, as we see upside-down Dumbo, Bambi and Pinocchio on hoodies appearing on stage.
The Coach spring 2019 ready-to-wear collection is rather tongue-in-cheek overall though, so it gets pretty easy to swallow. Ruffles, fringe, leather, pleats, browns and whites and beige and suede… the style is lovely, the models portray the line beautifully, and the signature leather bags are everywhere on that catwalk, beckoning to the audience. Most of all, though, we are in love with the Disney theme.
Let’s put it this way though: Ugg-style boots with sheer chiffon dresses, lots of ruffles, and a high hem in front make for some pretty interesting combinations.
Photos via Vogue