THE EXCITING MOMENTS
NEW YORK FASHION WEEK FALL / WINTER 2018
Text/ Wesley Sin Photo/ Ronald Ji, Brand PR
When several influential U.S. – based labels such as Thom Browne, Proenza Schouler and Tommy Hilfiger decided to leave the stage at New York Fashion Week, a lot of fashion insiders were wondering what we could expect for the next New York Fashion Week. Although the recent wave of departures was a bit disappointing, there were still some much anticipated happenings at NYFW this season!
In celebration of the opening of the world’s largest flagship in NYC, Bottega Veneta produced its first-ever runway in Manhattan. Michael Kors brought his show back to the iconic fashion week venue, Lincoln Center, and collaborated with renowned artists for his Fall/Winter ‘18 collection. Chinese designer Vivienne Tam took us on a spiritual journey with her new concept while Japanese designer Tadashi Shoji created an ultra-sexy look for confident girls in the city. For gentlemen, John Varvatos and Joseph Abboud brought you some new classics for the next season. Be ready, and enjoy the exciting momentum at NYFW with us.
The most exciting moment of F/W18 should be the first-ever Bottega Veneta show taking place in New York City. To celebrate the opening of their new Mansion at Madison Avenue, this iconic Italian brand brought their collection from Milan to Manhattan for one season only. Located on the historic Upper East Side, the new Maison combines three landmarked 19th century townhouses. In addition to ready-to-wear, handbags and accessories, a new concept called “The Apartment” with furniture and a home collection is displayed in the store.
The whole F/W 18 collection was inspired by the architecture and people in the Big Apple. “New Yorkers have a real bravery and boldness. Nothing stops them. Nothing seems impossible,” said Tomas Maier, Creative Director. For women, that means a wardrobe filled with unexpected textures and a vast palette of unique colors. For men, that means the sophisticated eccentricity of animal print shirting, harlequin checked tailoring and loafers in jewel hues. The runway was staged as Bottega Veneta’s living room with contemporary furniture collection. Supermodel Gigi Hadid closed the show and turned the stage into the after-party. All guests enjoyed this amazing night with Italian vibes in New York.
Michael Kors brought his Fall/Winter runway back to Lincoln Center where the New York Fashion Week used to be held. When guests got the invitation designed by theater illustrator James McMullan with Michael jumping in front of the iconic fountain of Lincoln Center, we knew this show would be one of the most anticipated events for F/W ‘18.
The designer changed the theater terrace and stairs to a scenic runway, every model walked on the stage with a unique style. The whole collection was also full of street vibes with the music arrangement of pop songs from all eras. Tartan long coats and dresses with different color combination, leopard print dresses and jackets with fur and mohair were all eye-catching. There was also a limited-edition collection with graphics designed by artist David Downton. The final look was also an interesting mix-and-match with sequin pants and sporty t-shirt which symbolized the new vision of Michael Kors’ style.
Exploring the notion of looking back to move forward, John Varvatos’s F/W ‘18 collection titled “2.0” picked up the designer’s ethos and took it to the street. “My design team is always inspired by the first few shows we did back in 2000 when we started the company. Those are like the roots and DNA of the brand, but we don’t want to go back. We want to look back and move forward, so we came up with this 2.0 idea which fits the streets of New York in 2018,” said Varvatos. A lot of street casual elements, inventive layering and oversized design dominated the whole collection with an unwavering sense of tossed-together elegance.
Joseph Abboud hosted his Fall/Winter runway at the historic jazz club inside of the Hotel Wolcott. With some old-fashioned atmosphere, the designer tried to bring back classics from the 40s and 50s. “We spent the last 30 years to deconstruct menswear. Now it’s time to ‘reconstruct’ and dress up again. I’m trying to bring back the elegance of men,” commented Abboud. According to this idea, he put emphasis on the volume of fabrics with a bigger silhouette. “We’ve been in the skinny moment for a very long time which is already tiring. It’s time to show the richness of fabric and the beauty of tailoring.” For the next winter, all the gentlemen should not be afraid to dress themselves up with suit, vest and long coat. Classic can always be modern and trendy.
Vivienne Tam took the audience to a journey from Himalayas to Tibet in her F/W ‘18 collection. “The inspiration of the season is like a spiritual expedition in the Himalayas, evoking the infinite essence of love, and the discovery of its vibrant topography, art, culture and indigenous people,” said Vivienne Tam.
The collection, rendered in varying hues of burnt orange, earthy khaki, burgundy, brown, turquoise and green, is iterated in wool, silk, corduroy, tulle mesh and lace as well other “smart textiles”, for warmth and comfort. The patterns symbolized the universal Mandalas and Green Tara also added more Asian twists to the western silhouettes. “I am always trying to combine the eastern and western culture, and merge fashion and technology!” commented Tam proudly.
The woman who enchants life with her sensuality, color, and joie de vivre, inspires Tadashi Shoji’s F/W 2018 collection. “Social media dominates the current world and some women might be afraid to wear what they like and show their sexiness because of the criticism online,” said Tadashi. In this season, he encouraged all the women to be unflinching and unafraid. They can be charming to captivate everyone’s eye and hold everyone’s gaze.
Although it’s the fall and winter collection, Tadashi used a lot of materials in golden hues and sequin. His signature laces were less seen on the runway for this collection. “I try to create a dazzling vision of modern femininity and the collection is a celebration of women’s exultation of spirit,” commented Tadashi. So ladies, don’t be afraid to try on those glamorous dresses for your next holiday party and show your confidence in winter time!
About the writer
Wesley Sin is a writer for travel and fashion guides from Taiwan. His personal publications include What’s New in Tokyo, Tokyo Fashion Guide, Travel in New York by Subway and more. He is currently working in New York as a PR professional all the while writing and contributing from the Big Apple. Follow him on Facebook @ facebook.com/Sin.Wesley & Instagram @wesley_sin