A BLIZZARD WITH STYLE
NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
FALL / WINTER 2016
A record-breaking blizzard hit New York City in early February, and it was just in time for both New York Fashion Week Men’s and the main New York Fashion Week. Despite the terrible weather and traffic, fashion insiders still gathered together in super warm but stylish outfits for the NYFW. Since it’s the 2016 Fall/ Winter collection, the blizzard actually created a matching scenario for the runway show. So get ready to let Asian Fusion take you to the show and experience all the new styles and trends happening for this coming fall and winter!
The Lacoste show took place on the coldest day of this season and their “Winter Ski” theme coincidentally matched the current blizzard weather conditions. Lacoste’s F/W ‘16 collection is inspired by the outfits they’ve created for the French ski team since the 1960’s. This “Retro Futurism” can be seen in the re-use of the 70’s advertising messages, such as “100% Corco”, along with the 1980’s video game-inspired embroideries of pixelated pine trees and skiers playfully running down the length of a poncho dress as well as a tracksuit. The decorative elements, combined with vivid colors such as pink, red, mustard yellow and burnt orange, gave us the best examples of how to stay both cool and chic in the snow.
Korean fashion king, Bumsuk Choi, brought his new collection back to New York City for fall/ winter 2016. “I am very excited to participate in the New York Fashion Week Men’s for the first time and it’s great to see all designers for menswear can join together and make menswear more noticeable at this international platform,” said Choi. In his new collection inspired by the “robot”, he imagined what life might be like with humans and robots in the upcoming decades. Some futuristic elements were seen in the details within his wardrobe collection. In addition to his clothing line, Choi also showed several pieces of his upcoming accessory line on the runway, including handbags, backpacks, and clutches.
Robert Geller’s new collection took its inspiration from “The Grey Men”, a children’s novel. In it, the protagonist, a child named Momo, is holding up the creative value of time. She sees her adult friends being taken away one after the other into a corporate world where time is only valuable if it is spent to further a capitalist agenda. “This collection is the revolution of colors, the first few sets in black and grey symbolize the capitalism and then the color tone changes from dark to red, yellow and blue which represent the liberalism,”Geller commented. On the runway, we also saw many pieces of studded suitcases, the result of the collaboration between Geller and the Japanese industrial brand Adachishiki.
Honduran designer Carlos Campos presented his collection in a runway style for the first time at New York Fashion Week. Many in attendance were impressed with the interesting flow of color. “I am from Honduras, which is famous for coffee fields, and is the inspiration for my new collection. The camel color is the coffee, the white color is the milk, and plus my signature color navy blue”, said Campos.
Siki Im’s new collection conveyed his fascination with vampire movies. “The vampire movies are both scary and beautiful. I want to show people not only in the notion of life-death, sex-violence, nobility-predator dualities but also the self-identification and the darkness inside, “Im commented. Korean supermodel Sungjin Park opened the show in smoke followed by models with scary face painting. The setting made the audience quickly connect with the vampire movie scenes imagined with Siki’s designs.
The new collection of Ordinary People by Jang Hyeong Cheol was inspired by people enjoying the perfect holiday in a boutique hotel. It illustrated both the ordinary and extraordinary moments experienced every day during a hotel stay. Some elements such as suits and ties worn by porters and the badge-like logo printed on hotel carpets made the whole collection playful and fun.
For DBYD’s 2016 collection, designer Kang Dong was inspired by the film “HER” by Spike Jonze. The collection explored the concepts of “owning” and “being” addressed in this film and conveyed this relationship through color schemes and designs. The black and grey colors reflected the loneliness while the red and beige colors showed the love found in this film.
BCBG Max Azria
The muse of BCBG’s F/W 16 is a performer whose individualistic style revealed her artistic ingenuity through her onstage presence and offstage persona. Gradating shades of light grey, cream and camel transmitted into rich merlot, ink blue and carbon. A patchwork mix of hand knits, raw denim and woolen stripes composed a balance between formal and informal. In addition to the clothing, exotic color-blocked bags and shearling trimmed boots also emphasized the whimsical, carefree spirit of this season’s muse.
Japanese designer Tadashi Shoji is well-known for his elegant and romantic lace design of the past seasons. This time, he would like to re-interpret his brand with elements inspired by body painting and tribal tattoos. “It is like a tattoo parlor has been transformed into a dressmaking atelier. Women will be able to show their sexiness by putting on those one-zip body beautifications, “said Tadashi. Complementing the new design elements, Tadashi also chose glittery materials, different makeup styles and primal music beats at the runway to make his brand new concept refreshing and eye-catching.
Jeremy Scott brought the audience back to the 50’s with another of his playful and creative collections- Cowboys and Poodles. Denim jackets, bodycon Lurex knit dresses and glitzy high-heeled cowboy boots with neon colors, cartoon prints and metallic fabrics make the whole collection look and feel like a retro Hollywood movie. Nicky Hilton, Coco Rocha, Leigh Lezark, CL and many other fashion icons dressed up in his collection to join this big party.” I am here to support my friend Jeremy. I love this collection so much! It’s colorful and fun like always, “said the K-Pop icon, CL from 2NE1.
Marc Jacobs gave NYFW a dramatic ending with his F/W 2016 collection show. Jacobs drew his inspiration from the Japanese musician Keiji Haino who is famous for his Japanese “Ma” concept which means the “haunted space”. Black fur, feathers, puffy coats, and super-high platform shoes with exaggerated makeup and Victorian-style hair made the runway gloomy and mysterious. The highlight of the show was the surprise appearance by Lady Gaga and Kendall Jenner. “It’s a very amazing experience to see Marc’s show live. I feel like I am in a scary but stunning dream, “commented by the Mandopop diva, Jolin Cai.