NEW YORK FASHION WEEK A/W 19
It absolutely was a tale of two cities and both had equal resonance and equal excitement. They are very lucky in New York to have so many established names, great names in fashion like Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors, Oscar De la Renta, Carolina Herrera; names that have been with them and have a very established and known look. I would also like to particularly mention The Row, because their collection was done with so much interesting proportion and wonderful reclaim and in a season where so many designers were embracing these amazing colour mixes – they were very refined, very minimal, very black and white.
And then of course, Tom Ford brilliantly kicked off the week with a collection that played towards all his strengths. Fantastic tailoring, very sleek, with much of it in surprising, beautiful colours. Marc Jacobs is a designer that fits both in the established world of American fashion; but also is so fearless in his approach, which was also about sculpture and volumes and his own romantic gestures, like feathers and sequins.
¨This season, it was much more about individual expression and celebrating inclusivity, and I think that New York has really been at the forefront of all that.¨ – Charles Daniel McDonald
We do now have a whole brilliant generation of younger designers that are completely fearless in their approach to even the basic notion of a fashion show. They embrace inclusivity, embrace diversity, and body positivity. They´re putting their friends in their clothes, they´re using a wonderful mix of characters and models that people would not necessarily associate with models on the runway. It´s much more about individual expression and celebrating inclusivity, and I think that New York has really been at the forefront of all that.
This season, there´s a lot of volume, there´s a lot of interesting proportions, big shoulders, sloping shoulders. In a way, the mood in New York was much more discreet. It´s about the woman more than what she´s necessarily wearing; a lot of layering of the pants still going forward, alongside a lot of fantastic wonderful capes and coats, especially at Marc Jacobs and I thought that it was a fantastic season because of this.
Article: Charles Daniel McDonald
Images: Each Prospective Fashion House