A recap of Jenne’s favorite trends and standout looks from NYFW SS19 runways
By Jenne Slaw
With the kick-off of New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 taking place on September 6, fashion fans around the world are gearing up for the transition to the fall season and beginning to look forward to what they will be wearing next spring. My first thought when I think of NYFW is, of course, the shows. They are the bread and butter of the week-long extravaganza. Designers prepare all year to showcase their new work and ideas. This year there were quite a few unexpected trends to get all warm-and-fuzzy about.
The first half of NYFW Spring 2019 revealed that the revival of 90s fashion trends is not fading any time soon. From the runway pieces to streetwear looks, the influence of the 80s and 90s style was evident, ranging from casual and sportswear looks to business and daywear. Blingy embellishments and embroidery and bold color choices were also seen across the runways and throughout the streets.
Classic American brand Ralph Lauren celebrated 50 years with a runway show that blended traditional, vintage styles with modern twists, incorporating each of the major trends seen during NYFW- vintage revival, color, and bling. Influences of fashion trends from the 80s and 90s were seen in vintage-inspired patterns, textures, and silhouettes, such as plaids, bohemian stripes, tweed, wool and velvet seen in oversized fits and chunky knits. Modern twists were incorporated through bold color choices and juxtaposition of sportswear pieces. Bling embellishments, such broaches and beading, and statement jewelry pieces brought an elegance and timeliness to the Ralph Lauren runway.
The Jeremy Scott SS19 Show also brought together the bling, bold color and vintage revival trends in fun and exciting ways. Bold, neon graphics and text were mixed with color-blocked pieces in contrasting and complementary hues. Statement patterns like buffalo check were brought to new life in neon shades.
Fun fabrics like patent leather and denim also received bright updates and embellished with studs, zippers and lace-up details. One show-stopping piece was the ‘Crystal Clear Thigh High Boots’, a Perspex boot with a clear heel, completely covered in multi-colored Swarovski crystals. The use of the colorful Swarovski embellishment was also seen in other pieces like skirts, and corsets.
Carly Cushnie’s debut show without former partner Michelle Ochs elevated the bold color trend with sexy silhouettes and smooth slinky fabrics. The show focused on body positivity and female empowerment with a range of diverse models.
Chromat, known for featuring diverse castings for its shows, did not cease to impress. The use of fun colors and tie-dye patterns with contrasting details, empowering graphics and form silhouettes brought a refreshing take to bodywear. The seemingly futuristic textures, colors, and shapes are seen in everything from corsets to sunglasses created excitement for what the near future of fashion could look like.
NYFW is always something to look forward to. I love seeing the new ideas and perspectives designers are bringing to the table each. There’s always something new and different to see. It’s fun to experience what emotions and feelings designers want to invoke in their audiences through their creative expression. I hope NYFW brought you something new to love and feel inspired by. Don’t be afraid to take risks and think out of the box when it comes to what you wear.