When this year’s New York Fashion Week began, I admittedly thought that I didn’t care for it until I really started paying attention to more than a few things. The first thing to catch my eye was the street style this year. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t attracted to a certain aesthetic and it was pretty fun seeing various people’s take on power dressing. The other things that ended up catching my eye were a few collections that were just too hard to ignore. Even still I had zero plans of sharing my favorite collections until Alexander Wang’s Fall 2018 RTW (Ready-to-Wear) Collection practically screamed at me to get with the program. What started off as simply sharing my favorite collections on my Instagram stories turned into a desire to do something I haven’t done since the beginning stages of my blogging journey; fashion week recaps. That’s right! We’re back in business and I couldn’t be more excited to start blogging about my take on Fashion Week again. As I mentioned, I am finding myself being drawn to a certain look so you may notice a pattern in my favorite collections. Let’s jump right in shall we?
Alexander Wang 2018 RTW Collection
If you’ve been paying attention to the news surrounding Fashion Week then you may be aware that Alexander Wang announced this will be his last year following the Fashion Week schedule. Typically Fashion Week is scheduled every six months with spring collections being shown during the winter season and fall collections being shown during the spring. Moving forward, Alexander Wang will be following a new schedule where he will show his future collections during the summer and winter; June and December, respectively. You can read more about this here.
This particular collection was shown in the Four Times Square which used to house Conde Nast and gives a special nod to the beginning stages of Alexander Wang’s career. In true Alexander Wang fashion, the designer created a collection that many will agree seemed like a nod to the Matrix era. It’s no secret that Wang loves the color black but he has a way of making sure this color is never understated. While this collection centers around corporate wear and the idea of the “girl boss” in Wang’s words, there is still a hint of mischievousness that peeks through each piece.
Christian Cowan Fall 2018 RTW Collection
The first thing that comes to mind with this collection is unadulterated fun that makes a statement. While I was initially unfamiliar with Christian Cowan’s work, it didn’t take long to find out that this British designer loves maximilism, the so called “over-the-top” twin sister of minimalism. It reminds me of Vogue’s 73 Questions With Donatella Versace where she asked which trend she wishes would never come back and she replied matter-of-affectedly, “minimalism.” If the fringe, pailletes and bold colors make you cringe, this collection may make you run for the hills. But if you love the idea of finding a bit of fun solace in what isn’t considered the norm then you’re in for a treat.
While this collection reminds me of the life of the party attitude Alexander Wang brings to his collections, the difference is that Christian Cowan doesn’t follow party rules either. As with anything, fun is subjective and Cowan’s idea of it revolves around truly forgetting the issues in life if only for a brief moment. Let’s not pretend that we don’t wish we could forget about the not so pretty side of life sometimes.
Christian Siriano Fall 2018 RTW Collection
I would be remiss not to include Christian Siriano in my Fashion Week recap. Christian Siriano was one of the first designers I noticed really took inclusiveness to heart and made clothes for everybody. Although escaping from reality seems like a fun option for a brief moment, we can’t forget that the fashion industry still has diversity issues to address. If you look at the history of fashion, it wasn’t very inclusive from conception and that just reflects the society we live in. Siriano has dressed celebrities that other brands would not for major events and has stood out because of his willingness to do so.
This collection is also special for Siriano because it celebrates his 10th Anniversary in the industry. Besides his amazing moral compass, he is damn good at what he does and has every right to celebrate his accomplishments. What better what to do that than with a glamorous collection with silhouettes literally tailored for bodies. The idea that one size fits all does not always apply.
New York Fashion Week is still underway and won’t end until Friday so I’m positive there will be other collections to catch my eye. That means another recap is sure to go live next week so make sure to watch this space for more details.
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