Is it Fall Yet? Our Favorite NYFW Collections We Can’t Wait to Wear

Alexander Wang F/W ’18

 

Is it just us or is fall fashion just so much better than spring? That was definitely the case at the NYFW FW18 shows the past two weeks. And so while most New Yorkers might be pining for spring sunshine throughout this temperamental (but mostly cold) Northeast winter, we find ourselves counting down the days until September finally returns, and we can look cute again.

From Matrix-inspired office wear at Alexander Wang to ’80s power suits at Marc Jacobs and ’00s-era Paris Hilton puppy vibes at Gauntlett Cheng, we’ve compiled here our favorite Fashion Week moments – plus two honorable mentions because, well, we just couldn’t bear to narrow it down.

 

Alexander Wang

 

 

We’ve loved Alexander Wang since he first debuted his part minimalist, part rock ‘n’ roll It-girl uniforms; but we have to say, the last few seasons have left us with a never-ending #WANGOVER. This season, though, the San Fransisco born designer channeled The Matrix-meets-The Office, delivering a range of post-apocalyptic professional wear that we want every piece of – especially, the fur-lined ’90s CK-inspired undies.

 

Marc Jacobs

 

 

Marc Jacobs is basically the Alexander Wang of the late ’90s. So, needless to say, we’re giant fans. But much like last season’s awful #WANGOVER, Marc has fallen off a bit the last few years. I mean, remember the dreadlocks fiasco? Still, it seams Jacobs got the memo (or finally found it again), and this season felt like a return to form. Part ’80s power suit, part goth noir, the Marc Jacobs FW18 collection felt like Bianca Jagger in her white suit days, if she had Grace Jones’ attitude and Siouxsie’s sense of color. What more could you possibly as for?

 

Eckhaus Latta

 

 

One of fashion’s favorite new brands, Eckhaus Latta has mastered minimalism in its purest form. For their FW18 collection, designers Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta built upon the easy going feel of their last few seasons, but experimented more with shape and color than they ever have before. While the knits and sheer dresses fit right into the Eckhaus Latta playbook, bright yellow flowy fabrics were a new look for the brand. Overall, the collection was bold but understated, yet what Eckhaus Latta does best isn’t actually their clothes. Season after season, and despite its growing popularity, the brand remains dedicated to its outsider ethos. And did we mention their casting always rules? This season saw a diverse runway filled with New York City favorites, including model Paloma Elsesser and indie rock royalty Coco Gordon-Moore.

 

Tom Ford

 

 

Nobody does sleek and sexy like Tom Ford. This season, the designer went all in with leopard print, mixing loud colors with the even louder print in all different sizes from head-to-toe. Not only did each look feel totally timeless, you’ve got to give it to someone who can make lime green or bright red leopard print look not only classy, but cool.

 

Chromat

 

 

Another one of the fashion industry’s favorite young designers, Becca McCharen-Tran built Chromat to empower women of all shapes, sizes and colors. While most brands have embraced a long overdue push for diversity on the runway (not looking at you, Stefano Gabbana), Chromat also delivers it IRL. With a focus on emerging technology and body positivity, the label pushes boundaries and challenges the fashion status quo. For her latest collection, McCharen stuck with oranges and neons, accessorizing each look with Flaming Hot Cheeto bags tied to models’ pants and in their hands. Rapper Slay Rizz finished out the show with a killer performance in an orange two-piece by Chromat, and even though we didn’t get any cheese puffs to go, we were sold.

 

Dion Lee

 

 

Since launching his eponymous label in 2009, Australian designer Dion Lee has consistently delivered classic yet forward-thinking clothing, with his FW18 collection serving as further proof of his talent. Outfitting traditional sportswear looks with architectural bra-tops, it seems Lee also watched The Matrix and The Office before designing his collection. But unlike Wang’s, the Dion Lee range felt modern, not futuristic – the Neo influence was subtle. Lee also brought in more feminine elements, juxtaposing the structured suits and tops with flowy skirts.

 

Gypsy Sport

 

 

Ever since winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2015, Rio Uribe has been making waves with his brand Gypsy Sport. Inspired by New York City, Uribe turned heads last year when he decided to present his Spring collection in Paris. But for FW18, Uribe returned to the city, thank god. Other than that, though, this was an all new Gypsy Sport. Over the last few years, the brand has become recognizable for their upcycled jerseys and I <3 NY logo tees, with the Gypsy Sport name in place of the heart. This season, Uribe ditched the streetwear element, presenting a romantic collection filled with suits and gothic ruffles, as well as a few sustainable aluminum looks. Of course, the designer stuck to his habit of using friends and members of the LGBTQ community as models, including 10-year-old activist and drag star Desmond is Amazing, who stole the show (and probably all of Fashion Week). Known for his willingness to experiment, it’s hard to tell whether this collection was a one-off, or the evolution of the brand. Either way, it doesn’t really matter, because whatever Gypsy Sport does is really, really good.

 

Adam Selman

 

 

Another CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund alum, Adam Selman won Fashion Week in our book. The FW18 collection was kinky, it was campy, it was part John Waters, part new wave, it was punk as fuck. Featuring a collaboration with artist Cheyco Leidmann, who created the surrealist prints Selman used on dresses and shirts, the range was bold and colorful, mixing prints, patterns and styles in an ode to photographer Ypsitylla Von Nazareth. In addition to the outfits, Selman also debuted his latest collection for sunglasses brand Le Specs. If you haven’t already been spotting his metallic cat-eyes for the last few years, get ready – this season’s heart-adorned versions are about to be everywhere. We want ours now.

 

Vaquera

 

 

Most people had never heard of New York City brand Vaquera before last NYFW, when they debuted a dress made only of blue and gold credit cards. For some reason, the look ended up on every news outlet, even though it was one of the weakest of the show. (We’re not saying we didn’t like it – we did.) What Vaquera does best is their more subtle work. This season, the designers seemed to realize that as well, presenting a range of deconstructed pieces that were delicate and cool. The highlights: an oversized blazer dress, cropped suit and crazy snakeskin skirt that all looked like they were slightly unfinished, but in reality, took forever to make. And isn’t that the best stuff anyway? The kind that costs, like, $10,000, but looks like you got it in the back of Duane Reade.

 

Calvin Klein

 

 

Oh, Raf. There’s literally nothing he could do at this point that would make us angry, because every collection he sends down the runway is as close to perfect as it gets. After presenting a men’s collection for his namesake label earlier in the week that revolved around Christiane F. and Cookie Mueller’s Drugs, Simons presented a classic Calvin Klein collection that took all of his quirky eccentricities and somehow made them look, well, classic as fuck. I mean, who else could send swimming caps and sweatshirt-less hoodies down the runway, without looking like he’s trying to be avant-garde? No one. And that’s part of his charm. Unlike a lot of of designers who, when they take over a storied brand, start to lose their individual voice, Raf’s seems to get only louder with each season, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

Jeremy Scott

 

 

We have to be honest when we say that we love Moschino, but have never really caught the Jeremy Scott bug. That is, until this season, where Scott went full-on Fifth Element, with futuristic space-inspired looks. For those of you that don’t know, Jean Paul Gaultier did the costumes for The Fifth Element, and it’s basically a 2-hour fashion orgasm. So, when Scott sent Gigi Hadid down the runway in a silver overall dress, pink crop-top and matching pink LeeLoo-inspired wig – well, we almost stood up to give him immediate applause. The rest of the collection was equally amazing, with all of it feeling retro-futuristic without trying too hard. The key was nothing felt too much like a costume, just the uniform for a school in 2064.

 

Honorable Mentions

Telfar

 

 

This was Telfar Clemons’ second collection since winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and though it was impeccable, it was the presentation that really kicked ass. Following the runway show that saw Clemons’ solidify his gender neutral ’70s aesthetic, singer/performer Dev Hynes, rapper Ian Isiah, Kelela, Oyinda, 070 Shake and Kelsey Lu took the stage for an intimate performance. The result was emotional yet understated, just like the collection itself.

 

Gauntlett Cheng

 

 

We’re big fans of Esther Gauntlett and Jenny Cheng’s self-aware brand that makes clothes for cool girls all over the world. This season, the duo went Westminster – or maybe Paris Hilton circa 2002. Either way, we were obsessed with the high fashion pieces they presented on models and a group of pups.

 

All photos courtesy of Vogue Runway

9 Photos That Explain Why Katy Perry Is the New Face of Moschino

For those who couldn’t get enough of Katy Perry‘s Kris Jenner-esque hairdo, here it is, featured prominently atop Katy Perry’s head as she stars in the new Moschino campaign. Sidenote: Katy Perry is the new face of Moschino! Moschino, for all its whimsical history, is appropriately headed up by wonderfully wacky Jeremy Scott, a designer to whose work Katy Perry is no stranger. You may know him for his work for Adidas (sneakers with wings anyone?) and his eponymous collection (the pop singer has worn it well — a bunch) and his designs for the Italian house of Moschino. At this point, Perry and Scott must be besties, but is friendship a good enough reason to cast someone in a campaign? Katy Perry has proved her worthiness with her fashion choices over the years. Chains, Barbie, fishnet, glam, and chic outrageous-ness are all part of Perry’s sartorial oeuvre. Here are 9 reasons why Katy Perry is perfect as the new face of Moschino.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insta-Critic: Moschino Gets Hip Hop Happy

If there’s a lesson to be learned from Moschino’s explosive show today, it’s that hip hop’s going nowhere. Designer Jeremy Scott made classical hip-hop references with over-sized clothes (taken to extreme proportions with the added help of inflation), graffiti-print ballgowns, baseball caps, and plenty of heavy-duty gold chains. And just in case Scott’s penchant for splashing Looney Tunes cartoons across clothes seems like a bit of a digression, look again: even Daffy Duck was sporting a flat-top and a whole lot of bling.

@Moschino gang. #Moschino F/W’15 by @itsjeremyscott. #MFW

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Inflatable brights backstage

Loving @moschino ‘s AW15 Looney Tunes collection

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Looney Tunes on parade

Boom Bang @moschino #MFW

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Teddy bear party girls

#moschino #jeremyscott

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Insta-Critic: Colorful Dolls Walk the Runway at Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott doesn’t do demure, or minimalist, or simple really. In a collection named “Dolly Pattern,” Scott’s models looked as though they had just been caught playing with paint. The bright colors were present on sweet dresses in cartoon-printed fabrics with peter-pan collars and white-ruffled necklines. Unsurprisingly, Gigi Hadid’s pink patent polka-dot smock was the social media favorite. Paired with white Mary Janes and blue tights, the exuberant look seemed tailor-made for the Instagram spotlight.

#Backstage en la pasarela #FW15 de @itsjeremyscott, en #NYFW. #JeremyScott #GigiHadid

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Gigi Hadid is virtually unrecognizable at Jeremy Scott

 

@itsjeremyscott FW15 for @idolmagazine #asylum33 #philippraheem #fashion #fashionweek #jeremyscott

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Most instagrammed look of the show by a long shot

@anna_cholewa @kainewman1 @margarits for @itsjeremyscott || #onemanagement #fw15 #nyfw #jeremyscott

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A rainbow of bright tights add to the kitschy styling at Scott

 

Plenty to inspire #Kidswear coming from #jeremyscott for #fall15 Regram from @itshappygraphics #NYFW

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Child-like color combinations at Jeremy Scott

Yeezus front row @itsjeremyscott via @nylonmag #kanyewest #jeremyscott #frontrow #NYFW #fashion #Yeezy #Yeezus #nylon

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Kanye cracks a smile from the front row

The Greatest Keith Haring Fashion Collaborations, Ever

Keith Haring would have been 54 years old today. Although the legendary ’80s street artist and social activist is no longer with us (he died at 31 on February 16, 1990) there’s no doubt that his iconic graffiti art lives on. His influence hasn’t only touched the street art world; a handful of fashion designers have also worked with the Keith Haring Foundation to salute Haring by turning his signatures symbols like "The Radiant Baby" into wearable art. From Jeremy Scott to Nicholas Kirkwood, here’s a roundup of some of our favorites.

1. Schott x Jeremy Scott "Perfecto" Jacket: Back in 2009, outre designer Jeremy Scott teamed up with motorcycle jacket master Irving Schott to reimagine his classic moto leather by gracing it with one of Haring’s timeless all-over prints. The now sold-out jacket (sorry guys) has been rocked by Rihanna, Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West, among many others.

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2. Joyrich x Keith Haring Capsule Collection: For summer 2011, the cult streetwear label and boutique teamed up with the Keith Haring Foundation to release a tote bag, backpack and sunglasses that featured Haring’s eye-catching prints in red, white, blue and yellow. Lil’ Wayne also donned pieces from this collab on stage. See more here.

3. Keith Haring by Patricia Field: This might be one of the most globally-recognized designer/Haring collaborations. In 2010, the iconic Field partnered with the Foundation to produce a crazy-amazing selection of Haring-centric apparel, accessories and jewelry. The coolest part, all pieces are still up for purchase (at practical price points, no less) right this way! We dig the Three-Eyed Face silk scarf, above.

4. Nicholas Kirkwood x Keith Haring Footwear: Like we said back in 2011, this collab was a match made in pop art heaven. The British footwear architect’s inventive shapes complemented Haring’s bold motifs perfectly. See more from this exciting collection here

Honorable mention: We couldn’t complete this list without applauding Levi’s tribute last year with the limited-edition release of their Haring-ified trucker jacket at LA’s MOCA. The jacket, which features Haring’s all-over print in red, was produced in conjunction with the museum’s massively popular Art In the Streets exhibit.

Photos via Jeremy Scott, Joyrich, Black Frame, Patricia Field.

All Day I Dream About… Rita Ora

Adidas’ star has been on the rise. Since the resurgence and proliferation of ‘90s style, the tri-stripe, the logo, and the collaborations have been blipping consistently on fashion’s radar. I’ve even hopped back on the same bandwagon I was on circa fifth grade, and it’s been difficult to get me to wear anything other than a Jeremy Scott collab men’s pixelated logo sweater on gloomy days. I hope no one is sick of it yet, because I’m not!

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Aside from Jeremy Scott, we have Stella McCartney workout gear thanks to Adidas (and a new reason to wake up for Exhale classes), and as always, the good old Adidas classics that will never go anywhere (and the more worn in, the better). Now, another collaboration: Rita Ora is set to design a line with Adidas, presumably for our track-pant-lounging pleasure. Also a high possibility: crop tops… yet another reason to get thee to core fusion. Lately the singer has been all over Instagram wearing Adidas, showing off her Adidas goodies (platform creeper/sneakers. Must we do this again?) and with her pals Jeremy and Stella. As they say, the world awaits with breath that is baited.

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Moschino Announces New Creative Director

Moschino has announced a new creative director to succeed designer Rossella Jardini.

The new guy in charge? Jeremy Scott. His first collection for Moschino will be the fall/winter 2014.

You may remember Jeremy Scott’s fuzzy teddy bear sneaker collab with Adidas.

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And you can’t have forgotten Moschino’s iconic teddy bear dress.

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This makes sense.

Mia Moretti Takes a Glimpse of New York From the Inside

New York is my city, and although I travel like a mad woman all year round stomping down at music festivals, film festivals, and fashion weeks across the globe, there really is no place like home. Fashion week can feel like a whirlwind of bloggers, bustiers, models, mockeries, designers, DJs, editors, evolutionists, photographers, and phonies coming at you harder than a tornado, but when you claim New York City as your stomping ground, that’s all par for the course. Bring it on, I say. There is no better place in the world, and to prove it, I called up one of my favorite gal pals (and talented photographer) Diggy Lloyd to hit the streets with me and bring you a little taste of this beautiful, crazy city. 

Caitlin Moe and me arriving for sound check at Prabal Gurung’s carnival

DJing the carnival on top of a truck

 

Backstage prepping in my trailer

My goodluck duck from set of VH1 Master of the Mix show I just wrapped filming. 

The girls with Renzo backstage at Diesel Black Gold! (Talli Lennox, Caitlin Moe, Oh Land and me)

Oh Land going in for a punch! 

Bossy! 

Glamour outside the Jeremy Scott show at Milk

A$AP Rocky arriving at Jeremy Scott

Terry Richardson at Jeremy Scott

Lindsey Wixson closing Jeremy Scott

Pit Stop at La Grainne Cafe

Honor show at Eyebeam

Accessories

On the way to Elizabeth & James presentation

Gorgeous texture and color at Elizabeth & James

Ashley Olsen at the presentation for her and Mary-Kate’s line, Elizabeth & James

New York, you gorgeous city