What a week!
New York Fashion Week 2018 has come to a close. Yep, we’re sad too. Not only did the biggest names in fashion from around the world attend, this year’s NYFW was awash with grown-up animal prints, hot pink, gorgeous tailoring, and quirky suits – all of which we’re quite partial too when they’re done right (and by right, we generally mean with a soupçon of minimalism).
There was once a time when New York Fashion Week was solely about the threads. This year, however, there were some bigger questions on our mind, especially around the allegations against fashion bigwigs Mario Testing and Bruce Weber and whether the fashion industry’s #MeToo moment would take over…
It didn’t, unfortunately, and only a handful of designers even approached the subject of sexual misconduct. Still, with New York Fashion Week officially over, it’s time to look back at the most breathtaking looks that we can’t stop thinking about and to make sure we’re keeping ahead of fashion’s capricious tastes.
So, without further ado, feast your eyes on this fashion show finery and get ready to see some high street interpretations of it all any day now…
Carolina Herrera’s Final Show
Carolina Herrera’s 2018 collection was her last. It ended on a high with an array of gorgeous catwalk models in Herrera’s timeless, signature item: a classic white shirt (this time with some added colour in the form of a luxurious ball skirt). What better way for the fashion designer to depart with in the presence of New York’s most glamorous, best-dressed spectators!
Gurung’s Colourful Political Catwalk
After the flurry of social media campaigns encouraging victims of sexual misconduct to speak out under #MeToo and Hollywood stars responding with #TimesUp, which saw attendees wearing all black at this year’s Golden Globes, we thought we’d see more of this on the runways at New York Fashion Week.
But aside from a couple of labels, the runways remained almost entirely apathetic. Prabal Gurung, however, sprang to our attention with his colourful collection which culminated on the catwalk with the models walking together holding white roses. Well overdue and more than welcomed – with any luck NYFW will be more “woke” about speaking to issues of femininity and empowerment next year.
A Dazzling Array of Office-Worthy Suits
Okay, so we wouldn’t necessarily style them like in these snaps (not too sure what the boss would say about us wearing only a sheer blouse underneath our two-piece, but we’d assume it could get awkward…) but judging by NYFW 2018, suits are back with a BANG!
We all love our favourite suit, but this season’s structural updates add a fashion-forward twist on an old classic – the easy way to make a statement. Take note, ladies…
Could this be the official death of millennial pink? It’s clear to see that designers are betting on its bright cousin hot pink for AW 2018. From silk dresses to loose trousers, this shade dominated the runways. And you’re about to see the fun hue in every shop in England come autumn.
Cushnie et Ochs (pictured above middle), Ulla Johnson, Alexander Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung and Christian Siriano all got involved. Basically, Siriano’s entire autumn collection touched upon hot pink, as did Anna Sui’s.
If you’re already apprehensive about the oncoming hot pink trend (trust us, it’s going to be HUGE) then don’t go head-to-toe fuscia like these catwalk models. Instead, try black add-ons to keep fuchsia from being too girly, or pair your hot pink pants (like these Cushnie ones above) with a crisp white shirt to keep things minimal and slightly more muted.
We particularly love this look from Rosie Assoulin’s Fall 2018 collection, on show at this year’s New York Fashion Week, because at The Shirt Company we a) recognise the power of a jaw-dropping white shirt, and b) understand the importance of detail.
Rosie Assoulin is known for voluminous, rainbow-striped statement pieces you can see from a mile away, but to find the real magic in her clothes, you have to zoom in.
Animal print was EVUH-REE-WHERE this year (particularly in the form of coats), from Adam Selman’s zebra print, to Tom Ford’s leopard print, to Kate Spade’s cow print, to this particularly lovely Michael Kors number, expertly modelled by what looks like the dreamy love child of Kate Moss and Julia Stiles.
If animal print has never really been your thang, why not try taming the beast and going all-out uncomplicated? Just keep things simple by chanting the mantra “clean, effortless minimalism” – and banish all thought of badly dressed soap opera characters from your mind, thank you very much. Make sure your accessories are basic, your paired clothing garments are monochrome, and your makeup is barely there… You can’t go wrong.
Did you have a favourite trend from this year’s New York Fashion Week? Let us know in the comments below!