New York Fashion Week spring 2019 is in full swing, celebrating Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary with over 100 iconic looks for fall, unveiling Ingo Wilt’s first Boss show, and Monse’s modern granny-style collection. From the American elegance to the timeless classics, and a tribute to the old with a twist by Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, spring 2019 fashions appear to be diverse and creative, as expected.
Ralph Lauren Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
Ralph Lauren’s fall 2018 runway show was nothing short of iconic. A star-studded audience watched, gazing and planning out their purchases during the “see now, buy now” runway show that reminded us of everything we have ever loved about Ralph Lauren.
The show, from remarkable start to impeccable finish, was meant to celebrate the life, influence and style of a man who spent half a century touching all facets of beautiful fashion. With every look coming down the runway it was easy to fall more and more in love with the Ralph Lauren aesthetic.
There were plenty of the expected fall aesthetics like velvet and tweed and, of course, lots of layers. While Ralph Lauren has often been pointed out doing a bit too much at times, they held true and showed an extended collection that never shied away from any associations with the brand.
The aesthetics were very real, sometimes rugged, other times chic, and other times vintage but all were perfect for ready to wear. The warm, deep fall colors were layered for more than just the weather, but to showcase how the brand has been displayed for decades.
After his 50th anniversary show, we were given a look into the life of the man who ensured we had the plethora of options that have really meant so much to so many.
“I’m not so glamorous at home, you know,” Mr. Lauren admitted with a smile. “I walk around in a ripped rope and old towels. But I’ve been very lucky. I like working. I like to dream. I don’t dream this big,” he told British Vogue as he gestured to the arranged tables full of stars around the Bethesda Fountain, “but it makes me look very big tonight.”
Every piece was beautiful alone, and pieced together, shown in mixed ensembles and on stand-alone models. There was a visible southwestern flare with plenty of eclectic vibes.
Monse Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
The Monse spring/ summer 2019 collection was androgynous in the best of ways. The show opened with a male model wearing a loose V-neck tricot rayé sweater with a frayed look on one side. Upon closer inspection the frayed lines were actually color coordinated strings of pearls – providing one of the many “granny touches” throughout the collection.
The mesh clothes in the collections definitely held several touches of French seamen’s classic garb, reimagined in a more eyebrow-raising way in some cases than others. Discombobulated and off-the-shoulder collars were out in force on both male and female looks.
The popular touches on this runway ranged from the “granny chic” of pearls to pieces reminiscent of scarves mixed well with looser silhouettes and profiles on all of the clothes. Clever splits and dips added appeal to the clothes for those who want a bit of risqué added to their looks.
The nautical touches were not only on the clothes worn by the male models but also in charming and unexpected touches on the female models. White ropes adorned the shoulder of a navy blue handkerchief dress, perfect for those looking to be on the water in spring and summer 2019.
These French nautical details made their way into several different looks, adding a bit of fun to the styles as well as the most surprising feature – socks with sandals.
Boss Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
Boss showed a surprisingly cool color palette with huge swaths of warm cranberry, orange and yellow for spring 2019. The first Boss collection by new creative director Ingo Wilts was uptown chic and dapper without appearing ostentatious.
Every model was dressed from head to toe in looks that clearly led the mind to the upcoming spring and summer seasons. The styles were easygoing in separates and cut just slightly loose.
Interesting lines in creams and whites were outlined in cranberry early on in the collection creating a longer, leaner appearance. The athleisure looks were interesting as well, in some cases paired with socks and sandals.
Light colored sock and cranberry colored sandals were found on many of the looks, though there were appearances of cranberry colored dress shoes for 2019. Lace up flat sandals adorned the feet of the women as well.
Photos via Vogue