What is the current state of fashion and where are things headed according to fashion industry’s pros, in this WWD article from September 4, 2018? It isn’t all doom and gloom. But of all the insiders who chimed in, this quote resonates the most.
“When you think about the French or Italians or the British, there’s confidence. Like, ‘this is what Milan or London or Paris looks like and we’re confident about this.’ And for some reason New York is always, ‘uh, I dunno. Maybe we’re too commercial and it’s boring.’ Yes, that is true for a lot of work presented during New York Fashion Week, but why take that attitude….why be such a Debby-Downer? There are really interesting things happening in this city, among the new people and the older brands. Look at what Marc Jacobs has been putting out the past two collections. It’s pretty awesome and wild.” — Mike Eckhaus, Eckhaus Latta
I concur that while the majority of labels do not take risks as I wish they would, there is always something that captivates me and has me championing everything that happens in NY.
Since the NY Spring 2019 collections just ended, I feel compelled to share the most notable trends.
If you are wondering why I chose to wear a styrofoam wig, it is because I drew inspiration from one of my favorite, dynamic and energetic Spring 2019 collections: Laurence & Chico. Let me give you some background of Canadian duo, Laurence Li and Chico Wang. To date, I don’t think I have ever commented on their collections since I began this blog over 5 years ago. They debuted their first women’s collection in 2016. They both met while studying at Parson’s School of Design and inject humor and boldness into all their designs. Recently they opened a new 2000 sq ft. cafe in Vancouver which is imbued with their wild, colorful, how-many-hits-of-acid imagination. I don’t just want to inhale every pastry they offer, but would eagerly live in that space on a cot, donning the styrofoam wig and yucking it up with patrons. What is better than fashion? When it collides with colorful food and coffee. I wonder if they serve wine? Then my life would be complete.
TRENDS FOR SPRING 2019
Just in case any of you have been wondering what Madonna’s daughter 21 year old daughter Lourdes is up to these days, click on the link and peek at image #24, to see her modeling Gypsy Sport’s clothing.
The takeaway from NY Fashion Week is that more brands are staying away from showing their collection on the runway, which is too costly. Small and midrange labels have to cut production costs, therefore resort to staging on NY streets or in restaurants. Is their even a point to putting in so much effort into a stressful runway show when brands can simply photograph their designs on models anywhere and share on social media? Brands don’t even need high-priced super models, when they can opt for someone who better represents the average American woman. A woman who is 5′, 4″ and over a size 12. Â Sure I love over-the-top staged shows where money is no object, but ultimately my sole focus is the clothing, not who is wearing them.