Top 10 take-aways from New York Fashion Week

March 22, 2019 0 By HearthstoneYarns

New York Fashion Week wrapped up with
Rihanna’s outre Brooklyn party unveiling her new Savage X Fenty lingerie line,
snatching an honor traditionally the preserve of creme-de-la-creme designer
Marc Jacobs.

As the spring/summer 2019 season flits to Europe, with style fests in
London, Milan and Paris, here’s a quick round up of the top 10 takeaways from
the Big Apple.

Photo: catwalkpictures.com, Marc Jacobs SS19

Happiness is the truth

Dark times be damned was the vibe this season. Why suffer in unease about
the Trump presidency, global warming or threat to Western liberalism when you
can put on a yellow frock?

Photo: catwalkpictures.com, Kate Spade SS19

There were bright colors galore. Yellows, mustards and chartreuse were on
display at Carolina Herrera and Kate Spade. Michael Kors dubbed his show
“Sunny Side Up.” Matthew Adams Dolan sported flourescent yellow.

“Especially today, when things are heavy and dark and difficult and we
don’t know the way through, it’s good to deal with that with a light touch,”
said Niall Sloan, the creative director at Escada.

Photo: catwalkpictures.com, Kate Spade SS19

Happy Birthday

T’was the season of anniversaries. Ralph Lauren marked half a century in
the business, by inviting A-list stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg
and Kanye West to a black-tie do in Central Park.

Photo: BFA, provided by Showroom Seven

France’s Longchamp turned 70, hosting celebrities at the World Trade
Center, while Germany’s Escada also jetted Stateside to celebrate 40.

Photo: BFA, provided by Showroom Seven

Black is beautiful

Models of color were center stage like never before. Pyer Moss went for an
all-black line-up. Hugo Boss, Kate Spade and Tory Burch had diverse casting.
Older women also strutted their stuff at Sies Marjan and Maria Cornejo.
Friends and relatives of the designers walked at Vaquera. Women of all shapes
and colors frolicked for Rihanna.

Photo: Getty Images and provided as courtesy of Factory PR

Brooklyn

New York’s most populous borough, so big that if it was independent it
would be the fourth largest city in the United States, has been the den of
hipsters and international cool for years.

This season it hosted Rihanna’s underwear bash. Pyer Moss took the
glitterati to a heritage center to honor a collection that embodied black
power and Eckhaus Latta took over an industrial space.

Go vote

New York’s Democratic primaries are Thursday and a few of the more
politically minded urged their guests to head to the ballot box.

Red-carpet favorite Christian Siriano endorsed “Sex and the City” actress
Cynthia Nixon in her attempt to unseat Governor Andrew Cuomo while Maria
Cornejo exhorted guests to “use your voice and vote”.

Photo courtesty of the Escada

Working women

Keep it powerful, keep it comfortable and keep it straightforward. Those
are the mantras for clothes for women juggling careers, families and
everything else life flings at you.

Escada reimagined the 1980s power suit, making it softer and more modern.
There were shades of the same at Marc Jacobs. Tom Ford went back to the pencil
skirt. Kate Spade opted for comfort with platforms and dresses that go
seamlessly from day to night.

Photo: Catwalkpictures.com, Longchamp SS19

Rapper cat fight

Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, two of America’s most prominent rap and hip-hop
artists, nearly came to blows, separated by their security detail as Cardi B
curses her rival and lobs a shoe at her.

Cardi B was photographed with a large bump just above her left eye, later
complaining that Minaj had criticized her qualities as a mother.

Kaia Gerber

The now 17-year-old daughter of Cindy Crawford and model husband Rande has
officially arrived. She was everywhere, walking for Tom Ford, Calvin Klein,
Ralph Lauren, Longchamp to Proenza Schouler.

Photo: Catwalkpictures.com, Longchamp SS19

Fringes

Tassels and fringes were everywhere from Coach to Michael Kors to
Longchamp, adorning sleeves, bags, skirts and shorts.

Up and coming

Critics love to complain that New York isn’t daring enough, that Europe is
more creative, but there was a smattering of new talent.

Photo: Catwalkpictures.com, Sies Marjan SS19

Sies Marjan has been going from strength-to-strength since being founded in
New York by Dutch designer Sander Lak in 2016. Independent brand Vaquera has
won plaudits for its originality.

Photo: Catwalkpictures.com, Sies Marjan SS19

Kerby Jean-Raymond is putting Pyer Moss on the map and Wes Gordon injected
modernity into his debut collection for Carolina Herrera, a staple with the
Park Avenue set.(AFP)

Main photo courtesy of Catwalkpictures.com, Kate Spade SS19