In the midst of TIFF, Toronto Fashion Week, and the Justin Bieber + Hailey Baldwin wedding rumours, Canadian lifestyle publications have been pushing out content like never before. However, during all the canuck chaos, people flew just south of our border to ring in the beginning of the month-long bi-annual stretch of the fashion world’s most valued occasion: Fashion Week. Yes, it’s that time of year again: fashion month is upon us. Despite what some may say, its heartbeat is still strong, the vibrations felt across social media from the endless livestreams, Instagram posts and influencer moments that clutter our brains while we scroll through our non-linear feeds. At times, the burst of activity from editors, models, brands, and bloggers is aggressive enough to turn even the most loyal follower towards the newly added “Mute” button. Nevertheless, the world’s attention remains commanded by the modern fantasies orchestrated for us by the worlds most creative minds. It’s hard to keep up with it all – there are hundreds of runway shows and presentations going on at all hours, plus the product launches and PR parties – which is why we are here to curate the noteworthy news from the Big Apple’s stylish week.

 

SHOWS

New York marks the genesis of the new season: everything is fresh and new, trends are yet to be discovered as models take their first few strides down the runway. Known for being more progressive and diversified in their presentation, the American leg of the grand fashion tour brought a wave of sophistication to Spring/Summer. We saw the return of old favourites Rodarte and Marc Jacobs, both of whom maximized their use of colour, fabric, and expert construction. The Carolina Herrera show injected a youthful glow into the city street chic, with bright yellow blazers, jewel-tone dresses, and cropped white tops made for lounging in the sun. Mansur Gavriel impressed with demure tones, feminine textures, and metallic shoes, while Proenza Schouler‘s show was a love letter to denim’s versatility. Sies Marjan brought down the house by tapping supermodel siblings Kaia and Presley Gerber (children of Cindy Crawford); it was the first time the duo walked in a show together. Tibi had us lusting over pastel workwear and Prabal Gurung transported audiences onto a tropical vacation with bold hues and loud prints. And let’s take a moment to appreciate Philip Lim, who reminded us that orange is the new black.

 

MODELS

Fran Summers

Between the Insta-famous Hadids and celebrity offspring like the Gerbers and Kendall Jenner, elevated by the newly-minted angels of this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, NYFW had no shortage of star-studded casts. However, in a career notorious for being a sprint and not a marathon, there was a fresh batch of new faces who are bound to skyrocket over the next few seasons. It seems as though Naomi Chin Wing has not stopped moving since her start at Jeremy Scott’s boisterous show. The 18-year-old Trinidad and Tobago born model has been walking every major show of the season, a fitting sequel to last year’s debut at Saint Laurent. Adut Akech is an 18-year-old Australian who started her week off at Ralph Lauren and has been popping up everywhere since – including at the BoF 500 gala alongside Bella and Gigi Hadid and singer Troye Sivan. New York-based grad student Ting has found her stride: the 25-year-old got scouted via Instagram and kicked off her whirlwind few weeks at the Kate Spade show – a highly anticipated celebration for the late designer who took her own life earlier this year. The most hyped new face is Brit Fran Summers, whose humour, grace, and love of food have made her a fast-favourite for the fashion crowd.

 

FENTY

BROOKLYN, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Rihanna walks the runway for the Savage X Fenty Fall/Winter 2018 fashion show during NYFW at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on September 12, 2018 in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty)

It’d be impossible to talk about NYFW without mentioning Rihanna. The performer is praised for her adventurous fashion sense, and taking it one step further with the Savage x Fenty line. The collection was beautiful lingerie presented on a collage of bodies. Each model was more than just a mannequin; they became ambassadors of the all-inclusive, empowering Fenty movement that Rihanna is spearheading. The clothes were meant to look good on everyone, from her pregnant muses to plus-size babes to your run-of-the-mill models. She proved that sex appeal and fashion are not limited to a particular standard of beauty, and by the overwhelmingly positive response, this was what consumers were asking for.

 

 

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