Vintage Celine coat // Rachel Comey jeans // Orseund Iris top // Illesteva sunglasses //
Pianegonda ring // Amelie Pichard boots
At last, we’ve reached the finish line. Day 5 is always bittersweet – I really don’t want to leave, but I know I cannot stay. London, Milan and Paris await! Someday I’ll make it to all four fashion weeks, but for now, it’s about paying homage to my favorite week in the Big Apple.
Our last day was surprisingly light, which after going hard for four days was a bit of a relief. I knew we’d have time for our traditional lunch at Rubirosa (you must try the tie-dye pizza), a stop at Dover Street Market (it’s seriously the most insane retail experience ever!) and exploring in Soho. But first, on to the runway!
The youngest designer ever to be invited to show at NYFW, 21-year-old Calvin Luo put on quite a show. Inspired by the idea of blending masculine and feminine silhouettes, he scribed the word “asexual” on waistbands, flare leg pants and jackets. My three favorite looks highlight the collection’s strengths – color blocking, oversized as well as cropped separates, and mixed media.
For the finale, Luo sent a dance troupe down the runway adorned with his Lenovo collection – six pieces infused with text captioned LED lights that reacted to the wearer’s movements. The faster the dancers moved, the more the LED captions sped up. It was a cool, futuristic way to close his show.
Photos courtesy of Calvin Luo
Showing at NYFW is not an easy task. Besides the countless hours that go into designing a collection, the cost to showcase it is astronomical. Thankfully organizations like Nolcha offer a platform for independent designers to show their collections under one umbrella.
Their Ones to Watch show featured up-and-coming designers Mariana Valentina (silk magenta gown), Son Collection (cream shift dress with matching cape), Just In Case (avant garde streetwear from Taiwan) and Chèlbè (garnet jumpsuit, made especially for tall women over 5’11).
Photos courtesy of Nolcha Shows at NYFW
A veteran of the Nolcha shows, we first discovered Katty Xiomara two years ago and have followed her career ever since. A master of whimsical prints and intricate details, her F/W17 collection blew me away. Styled with a bit of a 40’s vibe, the show opened with a soft and airy feel. Her sunset orange pieces were perfectly paired with cozy vests and three-quarter sleeved dusters. We were then treated to her signature whimsical prints – this time featuring owls, cats and foxes – in moody blue capes and silver suspendered trousers. The collection had a woodland feel, perfectly punctuated by crushed velvet joggers and sequined mermaid gowns that shimmered like waves in the moonlight.
Photos courtesy of Mao PR
Thanks for following along on my NYFW adventures! In the coming weeks I’ll be recapping the trends you should look out for, what it’s like backstage at a show, and how to re-create the beauty looks seen on the runway.
Let me know in the comments what you think of this crazy week and what else you’d like to see!