Known for its sleek street style and outrageous after-parties, New York Fashion Week is a socialite’s playground and perhaps the best way to dive into Fashion Month (before getting too exhausted to hit all of the champagne-fuelled rooftop soirées). Recognised for its unorthodox take on the classic runway show – take Alexander Wang’s party bus full of models stopping in various locations around the city in 2017, for instance – and hyper-creative set of designers ranging from avant-garde Parsons grads all the way to Jeremy Scott, NYFW is a catch-all for creativity, commerce and contagious trends. Here are some of the season’s most exciting shows.
This year’s NYFW is kicking off with a party at Spring Studios to celebrate Alber Elbaz (the renowned ex-creative director for Lanvin) and Lesportsac’s latest collaboration. Known for his lovely Valentine’s Day-esque patterns and quirks, Elbaz has sprinkled the much-anticipated collection with love hearts, kisses and phrases from “chic” to “you look divine.” Look out for this lighthearted line, which is guaranteed to have you lining up to stock up on happy-go-lucky cosmetics cases and totes.
After giving Paris Couture Week a whirl last year, LA-based Rodarte (the brainchild of sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy) is returning to New York to present its Spring 2019 collection. With the NYC fashion squad letting out a simultaneous sigh of relief, Rodarte will lead next spring’s trends with its usual dose of girly charm in the form of whimsical ruffled dresses fit for the chicest of tea parties. Alongside Rodarte, Proenza Schouler will also be heading back stateside after a couple of seasons of French catwalks.
The master of eclectic pop culture-inspired collections, fashion guru Jeremy Scott will be the last to present on the Thursday evening of NYFW (a perfect pre-game before heading out to The Blond at 11Howard for shoulder brushing with this season’s top models – provided you’re 5’10” and above, that is). Known for his use of zany colours and iconic imagery – Barbie and My Little Pony have made the grade – for both his own-name brand and Moschino, his show is always a spectacle. The street style surrounding Scott’s shows is a marvel in itself.
Despite only launching in September 2013, Self-Portrait has grown exponentially, donned by “it” girls everywhere from Annabel’s in Mayfair to Nobu Malibu. Being the first label to present its wares on Saturday morning couldn’t be more fitting for the brand, which has “weekend chic” written all over it. With everything from pleated playsuits to bold, lacy cocktail dresses, Self-Portrait is our one-stop-shop for standout party outfits that are no-brainers to throw into a suitcase for weekends away.
The hottest Aussie brand, which last presented in its birthplace of Sydney, is jetting to New York to showcase its SS19 collection – you can bet their offering will provide inspiration for the winter beach holidays you’re already daydreaming of. Known for their floaty fabrics, dainty lace hemming and pastel ruffles, sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann are the goddesses of sun-drenched fashion, and a top duo to follow during the upcoming fashion week rounds.