With dozens of shows both on and off the official calendar, star-studded parties galore, and multiple red-carpet moments, there is so much information to keep track of when it comes to New York Fashion Week. For Spring/Summer 2019, we covered the runway shows, but we’re also digging up insider news that you might have missed during one of fashion’s busiest weeks of the year.
From highly anticipated designer collaborations to the return of prodigal brands like Rodarte and Proenza Schouler, this special edition of Extra Extra has everything you need to know about what happened at NYFW.
Alber Elbaz Returns to Design with LeSportsac Collaboration
It has been three years since Alber Elbaz was fired from Lanvin in 2015, and we still feel the sting of his absence. While his name has been bandied about as a potential replacement as Creative Director at various fashion houses, Elbaz has yet to land anywhere else. So it is with some delight that we report his return to the realm of design with an exclusive collaboration with LeSportsac.
While it may seem like a curious partnership, Elbaz is a diehard fan of LeSportsac’s products and leaped at the chance to make his own imprint on the brand. Doused in whimsical Elbaz-rendered sketches, this adorable collection of nylon bags, backpacks, and weekenders – which debuted at NYFW with a spectacular party on September 5th – will surely put a smile on your face.
Ralph Lauren Wows with 50th Anniversary Show
Ralph Lauren launched his first fashion venture in 1967 with the Ralph Lauren Company, which dealt exclusively in ties. Fifty years later, he stands at the helm of a sprawling global empire as the world’s wealthiest fashion designer, clocking in at a net worth of $5.4 billion. For his 50th anniversary show at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, Lauren showcased his brand’s unique history as the purveyor of American sportswear with an emotional retrospective.
A-list friends and fans like Hillary Clinton, Oprah, and Kanye West – along with support from fellow American designers like Diane Von Furstenberg and Calvin Klein – eagerly lined the front row to catch a glimpse of a beautifully cast show filled with cozy plaids, sports separates, equestrian-inspired finery, and luxurious eveningwear.
Chromat Spotlights Models with Disabilities
At NYFW, diversity reigned supreme. Pyer Moss presented an all-black show held at Weeksville, one of the first black settlements to be freed in the United States, while Christian Siriano, Prabal Gurung, Eckhaus Latta, Michael Kors, and other brands cast a line-up of curve models. But no one showed more diversity than Chromat, a rising athletic and swimwear brand that has been making waves with its super-thoughtful collections.
For Spring/Summer 2019, Chromat went one step further than anyone else by placing the spotlight on women with disabilities – one of fashion’s most overlooked markets. It cast Mama Cax, who lost her right leg after a battle with bone and lung cancer at the age of 14. As an activist, Cax works to bring awareness to the underserved sector of disabled women, and she looked fabulous in Chromat’s flexible tech fabrics in a vibrant shade of yellow.
A-Listers Play at Cartier Installation
One of the most sought-after invites at NYFW wasn’t a fashion show, but an invitation to Cartier’s stunning new installation, Precious Garage. Created for the legendary luxury jewelry by Desi Santiago, a NYC-based visual artist, the concept featured versions of Cartier’s ‘Juste un Clou’ and ‘Écrou de Cartier’ collections, each claiming its own themed room inside the brand’s flagship mansion on Fifth Avenue. In attendance were stars like Lily Collins and Suki Waterhouse alongside our favorite fashion twinfluencers, Simi and Haze Khadra.
Proenza Schouler Returns to NYFW
Two years ago, the announcement that cornerstone brands Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, and Thom Browne were leaving New York for Paris shook the foundation of NYFW itself. While the cross-continental experiment gave these brands a chance to adapt to a new landscape, it also offered opportunities to learn advanced craftsmanship at Parisian ateliers.
However, two years is a long time to be away from home – a fact felt by Proenza Schouler designers, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. For Spring/Summer 2019, the beloved brand was back on the NYFW calendar, orienting its homecoming collection around the decidedly American themes of denim and sportswear.
As Does Rodarte
It was raining at New York Marble Cemetery, where the Rodarte Spring/Summer 2019 homecoming show was held, but nothing could dampen the whimsical and romantic spirit that filled the collection. It was a fantastic way for the label to root itself back into NYFW’s fashion soil after having been planted in Paris for the past two years.
The looks were frothy, fantasy-driven, and achingly beautiful. We’d even venture so far as to say that this was one of the best collections at NYFW, which is no small feat considering Ralph Lauren’s pull-no-punches anniversary show and Savage x Fenty’s show-stopping artistry.
Kate Spade & Company Honors Its Founder
After Kate Spade’s tragic suicide earlier this year, Kate Spade & Company decided to honor her with a special NYFW collection. Although the designer had not been personally involved in her namesake brand for the past decade, she was the progenitor of its sparkly, whimsical designs for women who prefer their fashion with a side of humor and ease.
The tasteful homage was supported by a truly fantastic line-up of pastel- and candy-colored clothes done in sophisticated fits that even the most aloof uptown lady could imagine herself wearing. Even though it was youthful in outlook, the collection still felt appropriate for a broad range of ages because of its universal appeal, from printed frocks and colorful preppy separates to chic outerwear and covetable accessories.
KITH Debuts Its Collaboration with Versace
With only its third annual fashion show at NYFW, KITH might be one of NYFW’s up-and-comers, but the brand has already snagged a highly desirable collaboration with none other than Versace. Proven to be one of fashion’s best talent curators, Donatella Versace has often tapped young designers to co-create for her Versus line. As the finale to KITH’s four-part show at “KITH Park”, the bold 24-piece collection unveiled gold and black logos on a parade of slinky supermodels, like Bella Hadid.
Savage x Fenty Drops a Body-Positivity Bomb on NYFW
Rihanna is a true mogul, a force of nature, an industry disruptor in every industry she tries her hand at – from music and fashion design to makeup – and she is only getting started. NYFW closed out with an astonishing Savage x Fenty show that not only impressed with the scale of its set design and choreographed performances, but also with a massively diverse array of models.
Clad in sensual lingerie from the Fall 2018 collection (available for purchase online and in pop-up shops immediately after the show), models of all shapes, sizes, and colors walked the runway. There were classic supermodel types like Gigi Hadid featured alongside a pregnant model named Slick Woods, curve models like Lulu Bonfils, and every body type in between. Rihanna declared the show a “celebration of womanhood”, and we applaud her sincere and moving efforts to represent the female form in so many beautiful ways.