Rihanna will close New York Fashion Week with a presentation of her Savage X Fenty lingerie line in Brooklyn.
"This season for spring 2019 the collection was inspired by the perfect dream holiday vacation in Hawaii. Chic and elegant island life inspired bold tropical prints, animal printed organza separates, textured raffia coats and jackets and bright citrus evening gowns. I wanted the collection to feel playful, colorful, bright and romantic with femininity but still powerful and exciting. The collection has movement like a dance at a Hawaiian luau and feels fresh and young for our ever growing customer." — Christian Siriano
"The New Dimension." — Naeem Khan
'With spring, I looked to juxtapose Persian opulence with classic Americana and aimed to create pieces that married the two worlds.' — Amir Taghi ᐧ
“It’s not just about the clothing, it’s about the fantasy of where you are wearing it. I like to show my collections in an environment that invites you in and allows you to experience the world of Lela from the drink to the dress and everything in between.” – Lela Rose
"Somewhere, something beautiful is waiting to be discovered." — Tadashi Shoji
"Timeless." — Toni Whitaker
"One flower one world." — Jasmine
"Afro Punk, pop-culture florals, animal graphics brocades, modern deco prints, opalescent tones with bright accents of cobalt, chartreuse and fuschia. A-line shifts and tee dress silhouettes, classic body cons layered with summer feather weight statement car coats in novelty textiles." — Cesar Galindo
“Oscars, SAGS, Golden Globes, Emmys…This collection is inspired by all the amazing women I have dressed over the last 10 years on the red carpet." — Romona Keveza
"My spring/summer 2019 collection is romantic with glamours, exaggerated silhouettes, focusing on playful color and pattern combinations." — Son Jung Wan
"Laurence & Chico's spring/summer 2019 collection is inspired by 'Sports.' We love the aesthetic of identical athletic wear and find the fit, silhouette, and lifestyle interesting. A large part of the collection is inspired by combining the look of athletic wear together through various techniques including deconstruction, draping, and repurposing elements to create something new. This allows for multiple ways to style and wear each individual piece." — Laurence & Chico
"Land of Distraction collection four is inspired by the vintage vibe of Laurel Canyon from the '70s and '80s. With an adventurous spirit and carefree soul, the collection introduces feminine silhouettes, original floral prints, and a fresh color palette that takes the Land of Distraction girl from daytime pool parties to late night rockstar chasing." — Land of Distraction
“Transparency – seeing the reality and moving towards the good.” — Julianna Bass
This collection is inspired by Suprematism — an art movement by Kazimir Malevich which focuses on basic geometric forms.” — KÛR
“Woodley Avenue." — Claudia Li
“Hell hath no fury like a woman with ambition.” — Greta Constantine
"tick, tock." — Christian Cowan
The person I dress uses clothing to emote their feelings." — Daniel Cloke for Daniel Cloke x LIFEWTR
"I've always been very passionate about different cultures, but I've ignored one main part of my own cultural identity for the majority of my life. Having lived in 4 different countries and seeing the beauty in other cultures really helped me embrace my own. This collection was born from a recent realization that I don't have to choose one single culture to identify with and that I can be both Korean and American and whatever else I am inspired by." — Ji Won Choi for Ji Won Choi x LIFEWTR
“This spring summer '19 collection, like most of my work, uses historical reference subverting Elizabethan silhouettes with unconventional contemporary materials.” — Jamail Osterholm for Jamail Osterholm x LIFEWTR
“LIE’s Spring Summer 2019 collection was inspired by Amelia Earhart’s confidence and energetic image. She was the first female aviator to cross the Atlantic who challenged herself into a new field allowing many women to have hopes and aspirations towards their dreams." — LIE
"Fantasyland." — Batsheva
"This season, the collection advocates respect for nature, respecting the return of the heart, longing for the casual but refined life quality. The clothing consists of classical pattern, pictographic characters "牖 (you)" quilting process, waterproof, windproof functional fabrics and rocking elements such as ropes, belts, buckles, etc. Black, white and gray are used as the basic color, embellished with bright yellow, rose, magenta and silver, embodying the aesthetic movement through traditional and modern collision." — Bosideng
"Freedom is being You without anyone's permission." – Yuna Yang
“The spring summer '19 collection is celebratory of the season with vibrant colors, pastel linen fabrics, and playful accessories like this hand painted bamboo buckle and a crystal piece that moves with every step our CG girls take. These women have been the central inspiration of this collection, I've imagined this posse of ladies conquering the world without losing their femininity and playfulness." –Chloe Gosselin
"The brilliance of the collection is in its simplicity. “ –Jeffrey Rudes, L'AGENCE CEO
"Tourist." — Trina Turk
Top designers are celebrating milestone anniversaries, some wayward names are coming home, and Rihanna is set to reveal nearly everything. It’s early September, time for the latest edition of New York Fashion Week and the drama that the twice-a-year style extravaganza entails.
In recent years, critics have carped that the showcase of the latest in American fashion is in turmoil. They say the speed of the internet is rendering fashion shows obsolete and some trendy designers (most notably Alexander Wang) agree, going their own way by scheduling showings closer to the time that their clothes appear in stores.
The current schedule has designers presenting spring/summer 2019 collections at fashion week now through Sept. 12 — an eternity since most of those runway looks won’t be available in stores or online for several months.
Even so, more than 200 designers believe the added publicity of showing during Fashion Week outweigh any minuses, so they have signed on for another run at showcasing their work before enthusiastic audiences who will whip out there cellphones to document everything on Instagram, Snapchat and other favorite social media outlets.
Here are 11 fashion happenings you’re sure to get hear about:
1. Star Power
Rihanna, who debuted her Fenty Puma shoe and athletic clothing line at fashion week two years ago, returns with a big jolt of star power. She will close the whole shebang in Brooklyn on Sept. 12 with an immersive runway show featuring her Savage x Fenty lingerie line that she launched earlier this year.
Each item from the Fall ’18 collection will be available immediately afterward online and in pop-up shops in New York, Minnesota’s Mall of America, and two other locations to be announced. Think of it as RiRi’s version of a Victoria’s Secret catwalk extravaganza.
2. Ford Combo
Fashion week officially begins Thursday, but Tom Ford got a head start by showing his designs on Wednesday night before a celebrity crowd that included Crazy Rich Asians heartthrob Henry Golding, Cardi B, Paris Jackson, and Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. This season he combined both his women’s and men’s collections into one show — so onlookers got double the fun — and a big party afterwards.
3. Happy Anniversary
Ralph Lauren plans to celebrate an amazing 50 years in business with a star-studded black-tie celebration in Central Park while Badgley Mischka design duo Mark Badgley and James Mischka commemorate the glamorous brand’s 30th anniversary with a lavish nighttime extravaganza that promises to be extra special.
4. Crossing the pond
Escada, the upscale German label known for its luxe knitwear, is crossing the Atlantic with a full-scale fashion show to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The French luxury house Longchamp is also presenting its first New York runway show in honor of its 70th anniversary. And famed British designer Vivenne Westwood is coming to New York to present her latest collection — for buyers only.
5. Coming Home
Two hip American brands, Proenza Schouler and Rodarte, traveled to Paris last season to broaden their international presence. But now they are back in New York to showcase their spring/summer 2019 collections. Also, Marchesa is returning to Fashion Week, after dropping out of last season’s shows at the last minute when co-designer Georgina Chapman’s husband, Harvey Weinstein, was accused of multiple charges of sexual abuse. This time around, Chapman and co-designer Karen Craig will offer a low-key presentation only for selected buyers.
6. Emmy Preview
With the Emmy Awards set for September 17, a few days after Fashion Week ends, expect to see gowns on the fashion week runways make it to the red carpet. We’ll especially be on the lookout at the Christian Siriano show, as the designer is a favorite of the Hollywood set.
7. Houston Designers Shine
This edition of New York Fashion Week will have a strong Houston presence as Cesar Galindo and Toni Whitaker team up for a presentation of their designs. Galindo is a New York Fashion Week regular. It is the first time that longtime Houston designer Whitaker will present her collection at fashion week.
Whiz kid designer Amir Taghi also will showcase his new collection for the fashion press and buyers. Taghi, a native Houstonian, worked on this collection while continuing his studies at the Parsons School of Design in New York.
8. Lela Sets Sail
Dallas native Lela Rose is always thinking of new ways to showcase her collection, with past locales including a party in Washington Square Park and lunch at a trendy New York restaurant. This season, she is occupying Grand Banks, a sailboat-slash-bar docked at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park, so expect a nautical motif.
9. Remembering Kate
It’s a poignant time for the Kate Spade label, as its founder committed suicide earlier this year. Though Spade sold the business more than a decade ago and was not involved in it at the time of her death, she was still closely identified with it in the public’s mind. The brand is staging its first-ever runway show at New York Fashion Week to introduce new designer Nicola Glass, but expect a tribute to Spade as well.
10. A New Era at Herrera
After 38 years at the helm, Carolina Herrera has passed the baton to young designer Wes Gordon, so the fashion crowd is eager to see how the 32-year-old will put his stamp on the luxe label. Gordon will be in Houston next spring to showcase the Herrera collection at the Neiman Marcus Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Luncheon, so here’s the opportunity to get a sneak peek of his work.
11. Asian Influence
Perhaps it’s a coincidence, but at a time when the fashion-centric film Crazy Rich Asians is dominating the box office, a slew of Asian designers are making their presence known at New York Fashion Week. Bosideng, the largest down clothing company in China, is showing its collection, as are Chinese brands and designers China Day, JNBY, Angel Chen, and Dakun X Lin Bon.
Concept Korea, a South Korean government-sponsored fashion show touting emerging Korean designers is featuring two breakout talents: LIE and IISE. Other Asian or Asian American designers hoping for a breakout season include Calvin Luo, Ruby Fang, Vivienne Hu, Sun Jung Wan, Dan Liu and Claudia Li.
In the photo set above this story, longtime designers as well as up-and-comers have offered PaperCity a peek of what to expect for spring/summer ’19. Click through the set to check out what inspired their collections for the upcoming fashion season.