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Take Note, These Shows Are Stirring Up A Storm At New York Fashion Week 2019

September is the January of fashion. Ushering a new season, the month is marked with thick glossies celebrating the onset of Autumn/Winter in the iconic ‘September issue’ while the runways are dictated by trends that we will be wearing the coming Spring/Summer.

We are a few days deep into New York Fashion Week that marks the beginning of the month-long fashion marathon, and the runway is already abuzz with commentary on inclusivity and political statements.

We take a look at the highlights thus far: designers breaking the glass ceiling, trends we love, and make-up that is giving us major inspiration.

Inclusivity At Chromat

The fashion industry is finally moving past viewing inclusivity as a trendy buzzword, striving towards making it a norm beyond tokenism. One such brand that has been tirelessly pushing the boundaries of traditional casting is Chromat. True to their brand DNA, their runway presentation celebrating their 10th anniversary saw a slew of diverse models across ages, sizes, gender, and backgrounds. Joining the brand were designers such as the habitually diverse Christain Siriano, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kate Spade that made a case for body-positivity in the way of their casting.

Image Courtesy: Fashion Week's Instagram
Image Courtesy: Fashion Week's Instagram

A Politically Charged Statement At Prabal Gurung

Revered to create collections tinged with political undertones that voice his powerful beliefs, this year marked 10 years of Prabal Gurung’s eponymous label. While his A/W 2017 show made a politically charged statement against Trump’s sexist notions, this time the designer begged the question: ‘Who gets to be American?’ Printed on a sash worn by immigrant models of diverse backgrounds, the subject hit close to home for the Nepali designer who is an immigrant living the American dream. Here’s to more political commentary in fashion.

Image Courtesy: New York Fashion Week's Instagram
Image Courtesy: New York Fashion Week's Instagram

Blingtastic Jewellery At Area

Move aside Euphoria, ’cause you have some bedazzled competition from Area who presented some seriously blinding bling in their collection: not that we are complaining. We are totally lusting after the facial jewellery crafted with coloured rhinestones that decorated the faces of the models. The looks created were literally off the chain. Practical? Nah. But what’s fashion week without some whimsy. 

Image Courtesy: New York Fashion Week's Instagram
Image Courtesy: New York Fashion Week's Instagram

Speaking of Euphoria, we are vibing the fantastical liner at Rosie Assoulin. Et toi?

Image Courtesy: The Cut's Instagram
Image Courtesy: The Cut's Instagram

Whimsical Make-Up At Mansur Gavriel

While their designs showcased clean lines and classic silhouettes in a muted colour palette, Mansur Gavriel gave their make-up a rather cheery update. With the scenery of sunrise and of cloudy skies meticulously painted on the lids courtesy Bobbi Brown, the peepers matched the chunky knits in the collection sporting the same motifs. We love a clean face with no make-up make-up, but we also love it when make-up artists use a face as a literal canvas to showcase their strokes.

Image Courtesy: Mansur Gavriel
Image Courtesy: Mansur Gavriel

All About The Community At Tommy X Zendaya

Zendaya is more than just a glittery face in Euphoria. An activist for African-American women, Zendaya’s second collab with Tommy Hilfiger followed the same unabashed celebration of black womanhood as their first installment did. Held at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, the venue is of great significance to the African-American community. It is a landmark venue that gave birth to several artists of colour that paved the way for Gen Z like Zendaya. Inspired by the late ’70s and early ’80s, the collection redefined power dressing. 

Image Courtesy: Tommy Hilfiger
Image Courtesy: Tommy Hilfiger

Glamour Galore At Ralph Lauren

Another designer that presented glam-induced power dressing is Ralph Lauren. Inspired by old-Hollywood glamour of the ’20s, the designer served up sharp and tailored tuxedos for women on a set that looked straight out of The Great Gatsby. Interspersed with the monochrome power dressing were flapper dresses and gorgeous gowns in jewel tones. If we were Daisy Buchanan though, we’d pick the tuxedo.

Image Courtesy: Ralph Lauren
Image Courtesy: Ralph Lauren

Featured image: nyfw.com

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