NYFW Spring 2019

It’s time for a fresh round of offerings in fashion, even though according to many in the press, fashion is dead. This notion has annoyed me every time I’ve seen it, but I haven’t been able to figure out why. If fashion doesn’t house entirely new thinking these days, I wonder how has it become more innovative then ever? It combines old and new while consumers, buyers and critics alike continue to anticipate and flock to its every season. Is it possible this demise simply could be revival? In exciting visual and material form, fashion is a captivating subject that’s always contained character; if nothing else. Whether the goal is to be up on the latest trend, wear the newest labels or simply aspire to look ones best, fashion gives us all a voice. And with a voice, we can connect. With all this being said, for an industry that’s allegedly dead, there is most certainly enough fuss, especially for fashion week.

We’re kicking off fashion month in New York City.

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Designers Shaikha Noor Al Khalifa and Shaikha Haya Al Khalifa of Noon by Noor payed homage to their home country Bahrain. They create a beatuiful ambiance in color, silhouette and shape. The dresses seemed light as a feather, the sweaters perfect for a crisp spring evening.

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Mara Hoffman had many of the ever popular coordinating sets, which I was thrilled to see. Balance in the construction of these garmemts was exceptional. Come visit to see a sustainable fashion brand, stay for the mesmerizing style.

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Pamella Roland’s spring collection was inspired by Bali and Indonesian architecture. The runway was full of texture and form in an array of vivid colors. From a pearl lined yellow suit to jacquard grecian style gowns, this show was far from ubiquitous, as we can always expect from Ms. Roland.

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Florals, plaids, silks, velvet and even an ombre rainbow created major contrast throughout the garden party of Vivenne Hu’s spring collection. Dainty in execution and strong in structure, this whimsical asemblage just brings a smile to your face. I loved the incorporation of the blazer dress, a style I hope to see much more of in the comimg season!

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Jason Wu held a ‘non runway’ show that showcased 16 looks meant to enhance not overpower. I thought this was a strong, timely statement that didn’t lack in playfulness, sensibility or craftsmanship.

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Feminine, powerful, graceful. This line from Taoray Wang doesn’t beg for attention it demands it. Almost every look was belted, whether by waist trainer, rope or..wait for it, a classic, albeit elogated, belt that created high drama. A mix of navy, pale pink & fushia purple with gray, beige and white accents created an enchanting runway with lots of attitude.

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Inspired by Brandon Maxwell’s Southern heritage, this collection was bursting with color. I loved the crisp edge, shiny jumpsuits, silky sets and couldn’t get enough of the scarves! The hat boxes were also a fun touch. It was very fresh, very big and very Texas. Also kudos to Lily Aldridge for walking 5 months pregnant!

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Sometimes it just comes down to details. The minimalistic, wearable collection from Tibi was such a treat. The styles came in an array of colors that weren’t overwhelming to the eye while playing with trends, such as the longline blazer and fusing elements, like gender neutral attire. How soon until the Spring Equinox? Or more importantly, how soon until the line is in stores? Marking my calendar.

Stay tuned for more from NYFW coming shortly!

Photos courtesy of Livingly, UK Fashion Network, Vogue & WWD

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