Runway Rundown: All The Best From Spring ’19 Ready-to-Wear, Resort and Fall ’18 Couture

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Valentino Fall ’18 Couture

 

A lot has happened on the runway over the last few weeks. There was Paris Couture Week; before that, some designers showed their Spring ’19 collections; and in between all of those, there was Resort (which we don’t usually care for, but this season had one great moment). So, we don’t blame you if you’ve missed some things. And because we love you, we’re going to be your fashion fairy godmothers, and round up everything you need to see if you haven’t already (and if you have, all of the amazing things you should look at again). Below, our favorite runway moments — or, as we like to call them, the only ones worth mentioning.

 

Spring ’19 Ready-to-Wear:

Spring can be really boring. I mean, florals, for Spring? Groundbreaking. No, but seriously, it can really hard to re-invent the wheel when that wheel is a limited range of flowing skirts, mini dresses and caftans. That’s why our favorite brands threw out seasonal rules altogether and did things like patent leather and hoodies.

 

Alyx

 

For Matthew Williamson’s first ever runway show for his four-year-old brand Alyx (or, as its named now, 1017 Alyx 9SM for Williamson’s birthday and the location of his first studio at 9 Saint Marks), the designer went all out. Instead of debuting a ton of cliche Spring pieces, like bathing suits and floral dresses, the collection looked almost as if it could’ve been for Fall. With a post-apocalyptic vibe perfect for our current political climate, Willliamson’s pieces looked like a uniform for, albeit incredibly fashionable, anti-fascist soldiers. Sign me up.

 

Vetements

 

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For fashion world darling Demna Gvasalia’s turn on the runway, the designer paid homage to his home country, Georgia. Gvasalia casted the show with all Georgian teenagers, and took the opportunity to teach fashion insiders about the current political turmoil happening in the region. In fact, each piece from the collection comes with a giant bar code, that once scanned with your iPhone, will open an app that features facts about the country. And as much as I want to hate Vetements, I wish I could afford to pay $1,000 for a sweatshirt.

 

Kenzo

 

Prints, prints, prints. #KENZOSS19

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Kenzo S/S ’19 was all about prints. Gingham, checks, polka-dots, snakeskin — you name it, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon designed it, and styled it together. The whole maximalist, should-be-clashing-but-instead-looks amazing thing has always been Kenzo’s vibe, but each season Lim and Leon seem to do it better and better. After last year’s Spring collection, I really thought the brand had reached their peak, but this season even makes me want to wear color.

 


 

Resort:

Honestly, I shouldn’t have even included Resort on this list, since it’s really not a list – it’s just Miu Miu.

 

Miu Miu

 

If Miu Miu’s Resort ’19 collection was bad, it truly wouldn’t have even mattered. With a casting like the one they had at The Regina Hotel in Paris last week, including Rowan Blanchard, Kaia Gerber, Uma Thurman, Chloe Sevigny and Naomi Campbell, no one would have even noticed the clothes. But we did, because the collection was perfect. Kind of preppy, but with a race car driver-meets-Valley of the Dolls-meets-Maui sort of look, the Miu Miu collection was what Miuccia Prada still does best, even after all these years: it was fun, it was free, and somehow, between all the clashing prints and furry heels, it was still subtle.

 


 

Fall ’18 Couture:

Couture is all about fantasy; it’s about staring at beautiful clothes you desperately want but have absolutely nowhere to wear them to. When it came to this year’s Couture Week, our favorite designers didn’t let us down, delivering some of the dreamiest collections we’ve ever seen grace the runway. I mean, Kaia Gerber at Valentino. Enough said. But don’t worry, we’ll say more anyway.

 

Chanel

 

For his Fall ’18 Chanel couture show, Karl Lagerfeld paid homage to Paris. Honestly, everything the guy does is good, and the fact that he’s still able to send tweed two-pieces down the runway, and make them look good — well, that alone, proves he’s a genius. In addition to his love of Paris, the designer built this collection around what he calls the “high profile” — long skirts that unzip to show thigh-bearing minis underneath. “You can wear it zipped down when you visit your banker, no?” he told Vogue. “And zipped up when you see your lover after!”

 

Valentino

 

At this point, there’s no way you haven’t seen at least one photo from the Valentino couture show. Images of Kaia Gerber in her amazing beehive have literally been flooding the internet. But for once, the talk is true and all the hype is worth it. The Valentino collection was the MVP of Couture Week — and maybe all of 2018. Obviously, Pat McGrath and Guido Palau killed it with the beauty; but the collection itself was completely breathtaking. I mean, the models looked like actual angels floating down the runway in their billowy gowns and floral headdresses.

 

Fendi

 

 

Fendi always knows what they’re doing. For their couture collection, the brand took a step back from the logomania that’s taken over their last few seasons, and created a ’60s-inspired ode to fur. While a lot of the industry has vowed to go fur free, Lagerfeld has doubled down with Fendi. Though the collection included bits of actual fur, it was more about the ways in which he treated other fabrics that created a sort of gaudy (but in a good way), glam feel that I totally could’ve imaged Liz Taylor or Anne Welles in.

 

Margiela

 

Discover highlights from our Autumn-Winter 2018 ‘Artisanal’ Collection designed by @jgalliano: The nomadic idea of taking life on the road is conveyed in abundant layering where garments interweave and mutate. #maisonmargiela #artisanal #artisanalartistry – Music: “Unchained Melody” Written By: Alex North & Hy Zaret Courtesy Unchained Melody Publishing LLC – Black Saturn, Nicholas Hill, Luciano Ugo Rossi, Glenn Herweijer; Ben Sumner. KPM Music When The Clock Stops, Nikky French. KPM Music Breakacuda,Benjamin Medcalf. Anger Music Circus Caravan MYMA. Justement Music Flight Remembered, Nicholas Hill, Glen Herweijer, Ben Sumner. KPM Music The Arrival, David James Caton, Harry Valentine. Anger Music Etude in e major, Frederic Chopin, Tolga Kashif, KPM Music Warhammer, Darren Mudge. Anger Music Arrangement : Jeremy Healy

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Galliano went all Fifth Element for his latest Margiela Artisanal collection (he’s too cool for couture, natch). Using VR headsets and iPhones as accessories, the designer sent a retro-futuristic, technology-obsessed collection down the runway. And hey, since people are already attached to their phones, physically adhering them to our outfits seems like a natural next step. That, or we’re going to war with aliens and Galliano is designing the outfits.

 

Viktor and Rolf

 

To celebrate their 25 years together, Viktor & Rolf decided to take 25 of the brand’s most iconic looks, and update them for their Fall ’18 couture collection. That update meant turning everything white and covering them in Swarovski crystals. Though I’ve always been a fan of Viktor & Rolf, there’s literally nothing more perfect than the bed dresses they originally created for their Fall ’05 collection — or, at least, I thought, until I saw this season’s iteration, complete with white bedazzled pillows and a down evening dress. Sigh. This is what dreams are made of.

 

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Hopper Penn Looks Suave in New Fendi Eyewear Campaign

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The new Fendi eyewear S/S 17 campaign sees Hopper Penn (son of Sean Penn and Robin Wright) strutting down a red carpet in some seriously sleek shades.

It’s not Penn’s first time entering the fashion world – he starred in the Fay ’16 campaign last year with his sister Dylan. He’ll next appear in the upcoming film War Machine, alongside Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton, out next month.

Take a look at the fashion campaign below:

You can shop the latest collection of spectacles here.

Penn recently opened up to the Evening Standard about growing up in such a famous household, trying to avoid the all-too-common Hollywood elitism, and his battle with addiction to crystal meth: “‘I was doing a lot of stuff,’ he says, ‘but meth was the main one that brought me down. I went to rehab because I woke up in a hospital and my dad was like, ‘Rehab? Or bus bench?'”

 

Karl Lagerfeld to be Honored with Outstanding Achievement Award

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Karl Lagerfeld is having a big week, which we’d imagine is pretty standard for the fashion giant. Following the news of his guest appearance on Kim Kardashian’s wildly successful mobile app, the British Fashion Council announced today the 82-year-old designer will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award on Nov. 23 at the British Fashion Awards.

Lagerfeld joins an impressive lineup of previous winners, including Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour, iD Founders Terry and Tricia Jones and Designer Manolo Blahnik. His award is in recognition of the designer’s impressive lifelong contributions to the industry as creative director of luxury labels Chanel and Fendi.

“Karl Lagerfeld defines outstanding,” said British Fashion Council Chairman Natalie Massenet. “In Karl’s hands the future of fashion will be an exceptional one.”

Insta-Critic: Fendi’s Furry Feet

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Fendi (& Karl) understand that winter is rough, and so why not take a puffer jacket and make it a strapless evening dress? Why not cover wedge boots in shearling? Such were the tones–of ultra-glam comfort in exclusively autumnal hues at Fendi this morning in Milan. Collars, turtlenecks, and gorgeously tailored coats met more voluminous, quirky fashions–the furs, the shearlings, and the leather pinafores. A bit of a 60s vibe echoed throughout the collection as well–think round shades, color-blocking in muted-tones reminiscent of abstract art, and a long white shag vest. May warmth in winter always be so chic.

Joan Smalls in a strapless puffer.

Wedge boot shown with every look @fendi #mfw #fall15

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Fendi wedge boots–and a single flower in the bag.

Leather tunics @fendi

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Leather overall vibes and shearling feet.

A bit of fur @fendi #mfw

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All fur, everywhere.

Wishing You a Happy, Merry, Cozy Holiday

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Khadija Otero wears jacket by Shosh and Touch of Fur Baseball Hat by Fendi.
Styled by Alyssa Shapiro
Hair and makeup by Giselle Hernandez
Photographed by Logan Jackson

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Are Fendi Birdies the New Fendi Buggies?

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Who wouldn’t want to live in the whimsical, lighthearted world of Fendi’s new Qutweet collection, where chirping birds deliver Fendi boxes by their ribbons with gems and friendly-faced wallets pouring out?

If a happy-go-lucky, I’ll just carry these fabulous bird-adorned accessories forever vibe is what they were going for, they’ve certainly accomplished it in this sunny little video.

Inspired by fun and flying tropical birds, “exotic yet urban at the same time. Their joyful attitude symbolize the breaking-point of winter with an eye towards the next season.”

The colors are just as deeply felt. The bright rainbow colors are intended to “represent a pure and fantastic evasion from the cold foggy winter.”

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What a perfect way to combat dreary days like today! Happy Thanksgiving.

The Warmest Winter Outerwear Looks to Shop Right Now

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Josilyn (DNA) in Alexander Wang mesh bonded shearling parka, Fendi mesh top, and Cosabella Cortina pant.

We’re already dreaming of those dreary winter days ahead spent warming up inside with Netflix, a stack of books, and lots of tea wine. What better to wear then than the season’s best outerwear paired with our favorite cozy things?

Photographer Adeline Mai shoots Josilyn in the best outerwear looks for winter.

burberryadelinemaiBurberry alpaca wool topcoat, Marissa Webb tunic, shorts by Fendi (call 212-795-4646 for availability), Burberry cashmere print scarf, Rag Cuff arm warmers

cgadelinemaiCG raccoon-collar coat, Fendi mesh top, T by Alexander Wang Melange Fleece Sweat Pants with Stripe Rib

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Derek Lam Double Face V-Neck Coat, J.Crew Colorblock Stretch Shearling Sweater and Striped Scarf

fendiadelinemaiFendi Pink Wool Coat (call 212-795-4646 for availability), Ann Yee Bettine Honeycomb Sweater (call Bene Rialto 212-246-5984 for availability), T by Alexander Wang Melange Fleece Sweat Pants with Stripe Rib. Kumi Kookoon Lattice Cashmere Throw.

maxmaraadelinemaiMax Mara Printed Patchwork Coat, Weekend Max Mara Mochi Cardigan, Kumi Kookoon Ashley PJ set and sleep mask

Photographer: Adeline Mai
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Model: Josilyn (DNA)
Hair/Makeup: Mariko Hirano
Fashion Assistant: Emily Ovaert

Special thanks to The Ludlow hotel, 180 Ludlow Street, NYC. For reservations, click here.

Cozy Up to the Season’s Softest, Fuzziest, Furriest Sweaters

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Jackson O’kief (Re:Quest) wears sweater by Tim Coppens, boxer briefs by Calvin Klein.

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Ian Sheridan (New York Model Management) wears sweater by Calvin Klein.

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Fielding Lewis (New York Model Management) wears sweater by Fendi.

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Jackson wears sweater by Givenchy.

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Ian wears sweater by Burberry.

Photographed by Rémi Lamandé in NYC
Styled by Alyssa Shapiro

Major SS15 Trend Seen at Fendi + Marc Jacobs + More

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Fendi SS15 illustrated by Joseph Larkowsky

Fashion month is nearly winding down…  We’re onto Paris, but during Milan, the Italian fashion capital kicked things into swing with Gucci and Fendi. After the Karl Lagerfeld headed Fendi, famed for its furry goodies, (and  after I looked through the crafted leather and denim jodhpurs and the smallest embellished bags I’ve ever clapped eyes on,) I realized that behind the pretty pastel organza and printed orchid culottes, there was an underlying edge of rebel teens, ready to light up a cigarette behind the bike sheds or sit at the back of the bus and intimidate the new kids. The more you stare at the shredded leather jackets, you realize it’s not a degradé fade, it’s a bold stroke of black spray-paint, or the metallic gladiator sandals, reminiscent of the gaggles of girls in London’s East End.

This isn’t something just seen at Fendi. Marc Jacobs closed NYFW with a parade of military women, each of their looks becoming more adorned with cabochons, luxe materials and couture silhouettes. Selection of patch worked looks bandies together from swatches of fabric in oversized military jackets and nurses uniforms enforcing the idea of rebelling against the regime. Although it’s the spring season, there is something very dark and broody about the collections we have seen.

Back in Milan, Roberto Cavalli produced denim jackets, slit and slashed, worn and fading to reveal a punky, sequin covered second skin. Could the new trend for spring 2015 be “unleash your inner rebel,” or are these girls just pseudo rebels? Is the spray painting, the secret embellishments and the anti-normcore idea of it all a little too… twee in itself?

Donatella went full out punk a few seasons back, all PVC and spiked chokers. This season she did something we never would imagine, sports (or at least, Donatella’s version of ‘sports’). Underwear waistbands on slit skirts and a million miles of Swarovski-adorned fabric later, you have to wonder if Donatella has rebelled against her own aesthetic. Does the Versace customer want a pair of Medusa head track pants, or do they prefer the snake-headed dominatrix where she is normally seen, on crotch grazing mini-dresses? (There were still some of those, to be fair. The world hasn’t gone mad).

I can see how the idea of undercover rebels could be alluring to some. The Park Avenue Princess convincing her mother to buy her the Ralph Lauren black organza shirt, not letting it slip that the leather ties really do completely unlace…

But who am I to judge rebels? Anna Wintour just answered Vogue’s now infamous “73 Questions” in which she stated she hates seeing “all black’. I’m comfortable enough rebelling against Anna by continuing to wear the same black uniform I have for several years, but who knows, maybe next season I’ll pull a Karl at Fendi and spray-paint myself for the gods.