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New York Fashion Week

The Trends and Takeaways from Spring 2019

by Amanda Garrigus
Photo credit: Tom Ford

New York Fashion week felt like a series of raucous parties, well, at least the clothes on the runway did. The week-long extravaganza started with a huge dose of luxury thanks to Tom Ford. Blacks, whites and nudes dominated his collection, as did lingerie-inspired pieces, pencil skirts worth drooling over, and several faux-croc jackets. Yes, please. That stellar beginning set the tone for a week full of high-flying optimism and big creative swings. Among the week’s best were Marc Jacobs, whose models took to the runway looking like Jackie Kennedy on steroids, and owning it. His was a trippy fantasy peppered with over-sized fabric flowers, huge collars and covetable accessories.


Photo credit: Tom Ford



On the flip side were tribal-African-meets-bohemian looks from Ulla Johnson. If it sounds crazy, that’s because it was, crazy good. Puff sleeves, embroidery, pops of earthy color and just everything we want to wear now. Designers like Milly, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors offered gorgeous pieces for the slightly less adventurous but still oh-so-glamorous crowd, while CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Telfar, spun us around and brought the grit by showing deconstructed denim on a helipad in the rain. Also showing flights of fancy in an off-the-beaten-path location were Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, who sent their tulle-laden, bizarre and fantastic dresses through a wind and rain-swept cemetery.


Photo credit: Tom Ford

Big celebrity draws included John Elliott, who paraded reimagined skater looks to front-row peeps Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin and LeBron James. American royal, Ralph Lauren, celebrated fifty years in fashion by showing more than a hundred iconic looks to a few hundred of his closest friends, including Oprah, Hillary Clinton, Steven Spielberg and Kayne West. Rihanna closed out the week with a body-positive lingerie show in which models of all shapes and sizes moved through a bio-dome in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. All in all it was a bold, bright and beautiful start to fashion month. London Fashion Week, we’re coming for you next.



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