Models walk the runway at the Rodarte show during New York Fashion Week. Image by: Getty Images
From celebrations of diversity and representation to long-awaited comebacks, here are the highlights from New York Fashion Week.
CLAUDIA LI PUTS THE SPOTLIGHT ON ASIAN REPRESENTATION
For her first official runway show, New York-based and New Zealand-born designer Claudia Li debuted a very personal collection which drew from her childhood memories, hometown and identity. To anchor this point, the show featured a cast of all-Asian models. On this decision, she wrote, "There is no single way to 'be' an Asian woman. I'm glad our culture is finally having a conversation about how Asian identity is represented and portrayed, and I see this season's show as my personal contribution to it."
🔊 Our casting has been getting a lot of attention. Get to know our models for who they are: captured pre-show, totally off-duty and totally themselves, by creative directors @ungano_agriodimas and @javierperal. Unscripted, playful, silly, cool: this is the Claudia Li girl. #claudiali #nyfw
THE RETURN OF RODARTE
The New York City Marble Cemetery was brought back to life with the signature romance of Rodarte, who showed at NYFW for the first time in two years. Ruffles, hi-shine lamé and frilly lace contrasted against the starkness of the cemetery and gloomy weather provided the perfect level of drama for this epic return.
SAVAGE X FENTY MAKES AN IMPRESSION
The stakes for the Savage x Fenty presentation were high — it was the lingerie line's first presentation and the last show of the week. But, like always, Rihanna didn't disappoint. The show was lauded for its diverse casting, which included plus-size models, athletic body types and even two pregnant models.
WES GORDON DEBUTS FIRST COLLECTION FOR CAROLINA HERRERA
Wes Gordon premiered his first collection as creative director for Carolina Herrera, a brand noted for counting many First Ladies among its clients. The young designer held his own with a showing which infused classic pieces with more youthful aesthetics.
OPENING CEREMONY BROUGHT THE PARTY
It was more of a celebration than a show as Opening Ceremony's co-designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim brought the biggest party to NYFW. The brand collaborated with Sasha Velour, the season nine winner of Rupaul's Drag Race, on the event which saw performances from a number of performers. Even Christian Aguilera made an appearance. Even better, all models and performers were part of the LGBTQIA+ community and the show also had a raffle in benefit of the California-based Transgender Law Center.
No words can describe the magic that took place last night at “The Gift of Showz” hosted by @SashaVelour. @XTina closed the show with our new OC family ✨💛 Stay tuned for 💞major💞 show coverage and BTS 👀. Thank you to @mercedesbenzfashion, our sponsors, and everyone involved in making this dream come true 🌈 #WeWonder #mbcollective #MercedesBenzFashion
HIGH STRESS AT MARC JACOBS
The end of NYFW went off...a bit delayed. What is usually a punctual show from Marc Jacobs, began almost 90 minutes late, leaving guests waiting or making a swift exit to make it in time for London Fashion Week. While the overall consensus is that the collection was worth waiting for, the designer issued a lengthy apology via Instagram and explained why the show ran later than scheduled.
I sincerely apologize to anyone and everyone who was inconvenienced by my lateness at our Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show. For anyone interested, below is not a list of excuses but rather a list of facts. I fully understand people have plans, lives, commitments, flights, families to return to, etc and that I fully RESPECT. I’ve heard, read and reflected on your frustration, anger and outrage. If you choose to read the below, I hope that you can find your own place of understanding. 1. The night before the show at midnight, I believed that we would absolutely be starting at 6pm, as planned and it was my intention to do so. 2. At 3:30pm on the day of the show, I became aware that we would most likely be an hour late. In good faith and hope it was communicated that the show would start at 630pm and that was a mistake. 3. After years of being beyond punctual and once again, with every intention of remaining so, the fact is, more is always expected from us with fewer and fewer resources. That is not unique to me personally or us as a company. I have learned that I need to adjust to our realities. 4. It was my wishful thinking that we could accomplish all that needed to be done for this show with the circumstances we faced. I was wrong. Not because everyone didn’t make every effort or give it their all and more, life is just that way sometimes. I’ve always been told that, “if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” With our shows, I always strive to present 7-10 minutes of live fashion theatre that hopefully makes some kind of statement or touch the audience in some way both aesthetically and emotionally. I think we all have to be a little more sensitive and flexible to the fragile state of the live experience. I hope anyone reading this will reflect on my thoughts as I have on yours. Sincerely and respectfully, Marc