NYFW pt. 2
New York Fashion Week 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of powerhouse brand, Ralph Lauren. His collection encompassed rich, handcrafted velvet garments in shades of olive, rose, amethyst, copper, steel, and garnet. Also, denim and dusty hues, bohemian textures, and iconic sportswear mixed with elegant evening wear played into the show’s theme of modern opulence. Ralph Lauren’s “50th Anniversary Collections is inspired by the timeless heroine who thrives on originality, creating her own personal style through an eclectic combination of influences, from a romantic kind of vintage to a bold, modern sophistication.” Following Ralph Lauren’s runway finale on the steps of Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, guests gathered for an intimate seated dinner around the Bethesda Fountain to dine, share memories, celebrate and toast to five decades of Ralph Lauren’s creative fostering of the Ralph Lauren clothing brand.
Seeing that many brand designers and founders have passed the reins over to new talent, the celebration of Ralph Lauren’s 50th Anniversary was a toast to the fact that Ralph Laurenstills maintains full creative control at the helm of his global billion dollar brand at the seasoned age of 78.
Across from Ralph Lauren, other designers have changed hands and relinquished their creative direction. For instance, the Cushnie brand, originally founded by Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs as Cushnie et Ochs, took a new direction as Michelle Ochs parted ways back in February; Carly Cushnie solely curated the clothing for Cushnie S/S 19 whosdebut took place during this year’s NYFW. Also, Carolina Herrera got acquainted with her new role as ambassador of the company she founded in 1980, since she passed the torch to new creative director, Wes Gordon.
Savage X Fenty closed out fashion week with the debut of their collection that embodied a powerful message geared towards inclusivity, sisterhood, and diversity. In a flora-filled bio-dome illuminated with neon lights, women varying in age, body shape and color modeled and performed a strong interpretive dance as a salute to female empowerment. In addition to spreading the message that all women deserve to be empowered, Savage X Fenty designer, Rihanna, aimed to celebrate the sexuality of women with various genetic make up. The breakout lingerie line featured models, portrayed as Goddesses, that are slender, plus size, pregnant, short, and tall in order to further drive home the message of inclusivity and diversity as it pertains to beauty. The show ended with all models and interpretive dancers gathered in a circle, holding hands in representation of female solidarity through expression of strength and power. Many argue that this was the greatest ending New York Fashion Week has seen in a long time.