The Best Under the Radar NYFW Shows
Through rain, snow and slush, the show must go on! The show, known as New York Fashion Week, stops for no one, not even snowstorms. While Coach, Michael Kors, Rag & Bone and Marchesa may be familiar names, a crop of new designers brought a whiff of fresh air (and impeccable tailoring) to the Big Apple.
Monse is the brain-child of new Oscar de la Renta co-creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia and was immediately followed by the duo's collection for the iconic house. Monse presented a collection equal parts subversive corporate suiting and decadent luxury. Known for shirting and sharp tailoring, Monse turned the white button down and grey suit on their heads with exaggerated proportions, ruffles and sexy cutouts. Evening wear came in the form of deeply saturated silk, velvet and sequins, all draped loosely for a louche, offhand statement in power dressing.
Decadent rock glam meets biker gang was the name of the game at Philipp Plein's first collection for New York Fashion Week. Fur, sequins and velvet clashed with glitter flames, chainmail for an in-your-face-collection designed to "Make NYFW Great Again." Just as eclectic as the pairing of influences were the models and spectators. Hitting the runway for Plein were Fetty Wap, Young Thug, Hadid sibling Anwar, Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola and Victoria's Secret Angel Elsa Hosk, who were joined in the audience by Madonna, Kylie Jenner, Tiffany Trump and the Hilton sisters.
In the ultimate tech-meets-glamourpuss moment, LaPointe went digital for NYFW, showing digitized videos of the models on over a dozen 8-foot screens to "create this sort of voyeuristic allure and draw people in". Sleek but luxurious, the collection was full of sharply tailored jackets and casually elegant pieces with intricate, lush detailing.
Now famous for dressing Lady Gaga at the 2016 Oscars and Michelle Obama at a state dinner over the summer, and a little thing called a CFDA award as well, Brandon Maxwell has had a meteoric rise. Shown at the new World Trade Center, the collection was true to his trademark fluid lines and simple colors. Mostly cream and black with a few deep jewel tones, the designs were both classic and fresh, with an attention to subtle tailoring and draping.
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