Blockbusters from the 70’s graced the inspiration behind Raf Simons’ Calvin Klein collection. Wet-suits worn intentionally disheveled, half-way, or layered with basics referenced the 1975 thriller JAWS by Steven Spielberg; while floor-sweeping black coats paired with graduation caps referenced “The Graduate.” The wetsuits and coats were toned down with pleated skirts with cut-outs meant to mimic shark bites.
Oscar De La Renta
The Oscar de la Renta design house took a different approach from that of Oscar himself this season, executing a more simplistic collection. Replacing the famous ball gowns, the Spring show was an array of airy separates such as breezy sarongs in printed satins, kaftans, and sarees in bohemian patterns. The gowns we did see, catered to a younger demographic and celebrity performers: colors were bright and the hems were shorter.
Always animated and dynamic, words like sex and riot were plastered over the utilitarian two-piece ensembles and jumpsuits at the Jeremy Scott Spring runway show. Knee patches, neon brights, sequined camo and references to the NBA were all part of his fashion compilation. Making a political statement, Jeremy came out to greet. His sleeveless tee read “Tell your senator No on Kavanaugh.”
More couture than ready-to-wear, Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2019 runway show was a festival of ruffles, pastels, tweeds, dresses, and suits– offering an ode to late 60s YSL and vintage Chanel. Tilted hats and broad-shoulder blazers delivered a Charlie Chaplin air while the pastels and ethereal rumples supplemented a feminine touch.
3.1 Phillip Lim
Phillip Lim stayed true to his signature aesthetic. Neutrals in sandy tones and cut-out details supplemented a progressive quality to the Spring collection. Bucket hats were paired with almost every look, and orange, black, and metallic hues and details elevated neutrals up a notch.
Ralph Lauren went all out for its 50th anniversary. Combining high-fashion and members of the elite, the dinner party and front row attendees were no regulars. Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Maria Sharapova, and Blake Lively were all part of the celebration. The looks represented the specific American attitude that distinguishes Lauren from the rest: plaids, knits, and patchwork with sequined details paired with flannel camel hats.
Fit for celebrities and bright camera moments, Pamella Roland‘s Spring show invitees included members of the Real Housewives of New York, heiress Nicky Hilton, and jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher. The collection showed mostly dresses. Whether it was long or short, sequined or feathered, all of them were injected with black-tie allure. Giving a nod to androgyny and its impact on the red carpet, Rolland included a tailored canary yellow suit as well as a silver sequined one.
Indistinguishable Anna Sui, her latest collection featured mix-matched prints in silks, two-piece pajama sets, and gleaming accents. Gigi Hadid opened and closed the show, as per usual.
Fit for a prom princess or a non-conventional bride, the gowns from the Rodarte Spring 2019 show were a dreamy conjugation of crinoline and volume. Shoulders were dramatic and necks were 16th-century ruffled. The show took place in a cemetery and the weather lent itself for the atmosphere–rain washed over the runway.
Florals, neons, leopard, and zebra were a few of the prints Christian Siriano chose for Spring. More dressy than casual, the ensembles are apt for ballroom dancing or red carpet scenarios. Making a political statement, look 34 read “Vote for Cynthia” on a basic tee.
Coach 1941 spring runway show was a galore of contemporary flower-children. Dresses were maxi and airy, hair was disheveled, and sweatshirts were thrown over maxi skirts, creating a hippie entourage.