From metallic foil lips to dalmatian dogs; here’s all the latest news from the first few days of New York Fashion Week 2018.
Tom Ford’s Opening Show
Tom Ford kicked off New York Fashion Week with a statement show, setting the bar high for designers to follow. The collection was high-fashion in its purest form; there was no sign of streetwear or sportswear. Ford explained his decision in the show notes stating, “I feel that fashion has somehow lost its way a bit , and it is easy for all of us to be swept up in trend that have lost touch with what women and men want to actually wear.”
Slick tailored suits, printed jackets, tassels, silk, satin, lace, and ruched skirts made up his new collection. The styles were luxurious and form-hugging on each model. “I wanted to make clothes that were flattering. That make one look taller and slimmer and more beautiful and handsome.” His vision was certainly achieved, as each model was dressed with Ford’s impeccably refined style down to each detail.
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Walking the runway were big names like Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls and Kaia Gerber, who wore subtle makeup to match the classic luxury of the collection. Hadid closed the show, in a plunging black dress with crocodile corset and long gossamer cape extended from her shoulders. A ruched skirt completed the look and exemplified the entire collection’s sense of aesthetic beauty that works in partnership with the body’s form.
It wasn’t only the models who were a star-studded group though; Tom Ford’s front row was lined with famous faces in their finest wears. Anna Wintour, Cardi B, Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, Henry Golding, Adriana Lima, Hailee Steinfeld and Russell Westbrook all took their seats to watch Tom Ford’s latest show. With such a bold statement about contemporary fashion and huge number celebrity attendees, Tom Ford’s opening show has set the tone for a remarkable NYFW this season.
Debut Show for Nana Judy
Another talk of this week is Australian brand Nana Judy’s debut at NYFW. The Melbourne-founded streetwear brand has had huge successes in America recently and staged their first show in the capital with a unique display titled “Alive.” The brand was founded in 2006, by director Glenn Coleman, who began designing in a garage in Kensington at only 19. His designs are young, carefree and pushing for progressive style. There were metallic bomber jackets, micro-minis, denim on demin and a bikini worn with combat boots. The theme was monochrome and in many elements quite space age.
Winnie Harlow and Josephine Skriver both modelled for Nana Judy, who are big fans of the brand’s collections. Their presence was second however to the star of the show who walked– a Dalmatian. The dog’s role, apart from being incredibly cute, nods to the roots of the brand. “NANA JUDY was named after my great grandmother’s Dalmatian called Judy. The name was originally inspired from GRANDMA TAKES A TRIP; a renowned store in the UK in which the famous people would shop at for unique styles including the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. I became familiar with this store through reading a book on a plane to Sydney, which led me to think of my great grandmother and how truly unique she was. My Grandmother was a seamstress, designing and creating one off individual garments for the famous in the late 60’s & 70’s. From this moment the naming of the brand NANA JUDY was conceptualized. The brand name is different and unique which is what we stand for and transcends into each piece of our clothing, continuously pushing the boundaries of premium streetwear. NANA stands for loyalty and legacy, JUDY stands for unique and rare like the that of a Dalmatian’s spots,” explains Coleman.
The show, held at Spring Studios, was also blessed with an impressive guest list. Model Joy Corrigan, actress Jasmine Sanders, and actor Nico Tortorella, were just a few of the recognisable attendees to the show. Coleman’s designs are increasingly chosen by stars. “The celebrities that wear it … we’re organic and cool and people can see that. There’s a culture behind us,” he says. Nana Judy’s successes in America are growing more and more too, with a new stand-alone store in Los Angeles’ fashion district opening soon, and their collections being stocked in mega-department stores Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor. NYFW was a significant stepping stone for them and they held their own with innovation and bold modern designs.
Jeremy Scott’s Time Travelling Politics
Jeremy Scott is an icon in his own right, and he incorporated his personal side into his collection more strongly than ever at NYFW. “I took inspiration from old Polaroids I took of myself from 1996,” Scott said. “Experimenting with makeup and personas, gender-bending looks, and DYI hairstyles I created on myself before I had a runway.” His bright clothes were plastered in Polaroids of Jeremy’s younger self as well as political messages and slogans. Seated in the audience was a number of style icons including Paris Jackson, Gigi Hadid, Cardi B, Caitlyn Jenner and Tiffany Haddish.
Boldly 90s in every way, the collection included studs, rhinestones, neon, PVC, plaid, graphics, patchwork denim, cartoon prints, slogans and mesh. Pretty much any edgy material you can think of, Scott included it in his show. The dazzling star of the collection had to be the acrylic jewel-encrusted plastic knee-high boots worn with a matching waist belt. Experimentation was key and it really tapped into the personality and self-exploration of Jeremy in the 90s.
One of the most striking elements of the show – which has had everyone talking – is the metallic foil lips of each model. Makeup artist Kabuki explained that he “wanted to channel the collection’s theme of adolescent experimentalism with self-imagery” with the lips. The striking look was achieved by pressing on custom-cut, curvilinear pieces of the metallic material along the lips, adhering them down with Ardell Duo Lash Glue and light strokes of MAC’s 3D Glitter along the lip lines. Give the style a try yourself and turn heads on your next night out.
Despite Jeremy Scott’s nodding back to his youth, he didn’t fail to converse with contemporary issues. Jeremy never shys away from speaking his mind, and his clothes were covered in political messages. The most poignant was the top he wore to do his post-show lap covered in “Revolt,” “Resist” and “Peace” shining a light on arms in the US. What’s more the final piece was a simple white graphic Tee with the words: “Tell your senator no on Kavanaugh” on the front. This joins the strong opposition to Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme court, as his extremist views of the Second Amendment would greatly restrict policymakers abilities to stop gun violence. Jemerey Scott travelled through time to leave his nostalgic 90s show on a relevant political note.
Best Dressed Guests
Cardi B in nighttime glamour
Kendall Jenner wearing fiery red leopard print trousers
Russell Westbrook wearing a velvet blazer and round tinted sunglasses
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Jasmine Sanders all in black
Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Anna Wintour and Henry Golding dressed to impress to sit front row at Tom Ford
Hailee Steinfeld wearing a glitzy power suit
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