Runway Report: New York Fashion Week

by Aaron Royce

These trends provide style inspiration for spring. 

Models strike a pose for Amehl’s Spring/Summer 2019 presentation. Photo by Jena Cumbo.

Spring might seem eons away, but it’s fresh in the minds of fashionistas everywhere. New York Fashion Week, which shows designers’ collections for upcoming seasons twice annually, has closed until February, and we’re looking ahead to next season’s trends. Though fashion show audiences are made up of celebrities, influencers and editors from around the world, the main attractions are always the pieces on the runway. Based on the shows we attended, here are the trends we’re loving the most for spring—and who we spotted along the way.

A model struts through Garden Foliage in Amehl’s spring presentation. Photo by Jena Cumbo.

Artistically-driven brand Amehl hosted its’ “Garden City” presentation at the infamous Foliage Garden, where viewers stood in the plant-lined interior while models strutted throughout and posed for photographers outside the store. The event ended with the models exiting the venue with designer Amanda Mehl, overtaking the storefront and drawing a crowd from the surrounding buildings’ occupants and attendees. The collection’s use of garden hardware enhanced the attitude of a retro garden party, as well as the clothes—which made use of materials like plastic and recycled textiles, and were unabashedly feminine. One-of-a-kind pieces aside, the collection made the case for green, orange and yellow palettes within streamlined silhouettes.

A model walks the runway in a striped skirt and jacket from Noon by Noor’s SS19 collection at New York Fashion Week.

At Noon by Noor’s runway show at Spring Studios, attendees were treated to soft, beach-ready whites and blues, peppered with black tailored separates and gowns. The brand’s summery aesthetic is perfect for the upcoming season as it’s Bahrain-based, and the clothes are made with that atmosphere in mind.

Silhouettes were loose and flowing in dresses and a standout peach caftan, with a distinct contemporary aesthetic that was light and airy and cemented by wide-legged trousers and striped linens. With delighted reactions from attendees like Lea Michele and runway coach J. Alexander, the brand’s latest is definitely “in.”

The international wave was celebrated further at Indonesian Diversity, a group show at Industria showcasing the works of Vivi Zubedi, Suedeson, and Coreia Louise. All brands showed a distinct cross-cultural awareness-particularly Zubedi’s, which solely portrayed models in hijabs and conservative, colorful attire. However, our favorite was Coreia Louise, which balanced the respective extravagance and edge of Zubedi’s and Suedson’s creations with versatile silk garments in gold, maroon, blues and greens. Tropical influences in the forms of abstract botanical prints and nature-inspired textures showed throughout the pieces, proving that summer will be on the horizon for spring buyers.

Models walk the runway for Coreia Louise during the Indonesian Diversity fashion show at New York Fashion Week. Photo by Fernanda Calfat.

Ruby Fang‘s eveningwear collection was also shown at Industria. Despite the dreary weather, her gowns brought bursts of excitement and glamour to the dampened fashionistas populating the venue. Fusing Eastern and Western styles-her signature-Fang’s designs combined modern silhouettes with vibrant, glittering fabrics straight out of a fairytale. In addition to details like Chinese-inspired embroideries, ornate face masks and dramatic trains, her color palette (greens, pinks, navy and silver with bursts of purple and red) showed textured gowns that were red-carpet and event-worthy. However, our favorites were the select suits and blazers (in turquoise, red, black and white silks) which showed boss-lady styles for women who might desire other options.

A model walks the Ruby Fang runway during New York Fashion Week at Industria Studios in New York City. Photo by Yuchen Liao.

Overall, the clothes from this Fashion Week are more mellow than springs past, but a definite soft palette for all colors is approaching. The extreme eighties aesthetic that’s grown in 2018 will be taking a back seat to less-punchy, more versatile pieces. Draped sleeves and mixed textures will be present, as well as visible tropical influences (shown through interpretive prints, rather than literal palm or beach patterns) to give you a taste of summer beginning in spring. And, of course, florals will be on-trend.

Models show Ruby Fang’s spring designs at the finale of her Fashion Week runway show. Photo by Yuchen Liao.


NOON BY NOOR: D.C. Glee star Lea Michele, Gotham star Crystal Reed, actress Camilla Belle, runway coach J. Alexander and D.C. influencer Anchyi Wei

INDONESIAN DIVERSITY: R5 bandmates Rydel and Rocky Lynch, streetwear influencer Chris Lavish, Dancing with the Stars dancer Allison Holker, stylist Derek Warburton, New York androgynous personality B. Hawk Snipes and fashion designer Leanne Marshall.

Guests attend the Indonesian Diversity fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Industria Studios. Photo by John Lamparski.

RUBY FANG: Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose SummersStation 19 actress Danielle Savre, influencers Maite Faitarone, Jenn HanftLibby Vilner and Belle Bakst, author Caroline Vazzana, beauty vlogger Arika Sato, and musician Julie Mintz.

Danielle Savre (left) and Julie Mintz (right) sit front row at the Ruby Fang fashion show during New York Fashion Week. Photo by Monica Schipper.

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