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

A New Documentary Explores How André Leon Talley Became One Of Fashion’s Biggest Influencers

Photo: @andreltalley on Instagram

A new documentary acquired by Magnolia Pictures will explore the journey of how André Leon Talley became, in Tyra’s words, one of the most influential names in the fashion industry. The film is titled The Gospel According to André, and it will make its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

The Gospel According to André is directed by Kate Novack, who tapped the talents of some of the industry’s biggest insiders to give their two cents on Talley’s talents. That includes Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Valentino, and Manolo Blahnik.

“André has been an unmissable fixture in the front row of fashion for as long as I can remember, but the story of how he got there has never really been told in an intimate way,” said Novack in a press release. “There is no one I would rather partner with than Magnolia to bring André and his life’s ‘​gospel’​to audiences.”

The film contains a good deal of archival footage documenting Talley’s journey all the way back from his earlier years in Andy Warhol’s Factory in the 70s to his time as editor-at-large of Vogue. 

The movie will see a theatrical release in spring 2018.

Céline Dion Modeling Couture for Vogue Has Saved Our Sorry Souls

We’ve been seeing paparazzi shots from behind-the-scenes of Céline Dion’s mythical Vogue haute couture project over the past few weeks, and each image has given us that dose of strength we needed to carry on with our day. But we’ve been withering, praying that she’d give us more, and now, at last, Mme. Dion has. And the final result of this Vogue collaboration has electrified us like a bolt of high-fashion lightning.

Seriously, we have been enlightened and taken to a new level of transcendence.

 

First of all, Céline goes floral in this striking headpiece that rewrote Earth’s narrative:

 

If that wasn’t enough for you, next we head into this Skirt Suit of Wonders:

 

This is amazing on its own…

 

But consider that it turns into this:

 

Don’t scream:

 

I said don’t scream!

 

You’re frightening the children!

 

May the odds be ever in your favor.

 

Good night and God bless.

Edward Enninful Hires Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Grace Coddington & Steve McQueen for British Vogue

Photo: @edward_enninful on Instagram

British Vogue just got an impressive roster of new contributing editors: when Edward Enninful signs on as the new Editor-in-Chief on August 1, he’ll be bringing supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell with him, as well as former American Vogue editor Grace Coddington and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen.

“I am thrilled that Kate, Naomi, Steve and Grace are going to work with us in these new roles,” said Enninful to Vogue. “As two of the biggest international style influencers and supermodels, the impact Naomi and Kate have in today’s culture is enormous. Being an acclaimed filmmaker and Turner Prize-winning artist, Steve will bring an increased depth to the arts within the magazine.”

Moss has served as a contributing fashion editor since 2013, and Coddington worked at British Vogue for 19 years before coming to America’s version for another 14. While Campbell and McQueen have long held strong relationships with the publication, this marks the beginning of their official positions within the masthead.

He made the news public through this Instagram post:

The appointments of these four icons comes on the heels of Enninful announcing Venetia Scott as his fashion director – she’ll start her position next week.

On hiring Scott, Enninful previously told Vogue: “Visionary, influential and inspiring are overused terms, but in this case appropriate to describe Venetia’s work. Venetia will continue the legacy of creativity and innovation for which British Vogue is known, positioning it for its next century.”

 

‘Australian Psycho’ with Margot Robbie (Watch)

Margot Robbie, the Australian who married and pussy-heel-teased teased Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street and has the “best part” in Warner Bros’ upcoming Suicide Squad franchise (complete with a spinoff of her own), now adds psycho to her resume.

Australian Psycho, that is, in Vogue‘s play on American Psycho, featuring the ingenue’s morning beauty routine. Perhaps this—re-enacting iconic male roles—is a new rite of passage for young Hollywood starlets, like acting across significantly older leader men (Will Smith in Focus), and mocking her own engorged celebrity sex appeal (see cameo in The Big Short).

It’s Aussies like Robbie that really do make being blonde look like more fun. Watch, below:



Who did it better? Watch Christian Bale’s American Psycho routine, below—he might even be prettier:


Karl Schedules a Show for the Same Date as the Met Ball… So, Would You Rather: Chanel or Vogue?

Photo: Julian Mackler/BFAnyc.com

It’s a fashionista’s scheduling nightmare, and the morbid dream is coming to reality quicker than the stitching of a Chanel tweed suit. What happens when the matriarch and patriarch of the fashion industry, Anna Wintour of American Vogue and Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel throw events on the same day in different countries? We will soon find out, because apparently May 4th is fashion’s hottest date.

MOMA Film Benefit Presented by CHANELTilda Swinton creating a barrier between Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour, rightfully so. Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2015 Anna Wintour Costume Center Exhibition Gala has been the hottest ticket in New York since Wintour first organized it back in 1995. But that ticket could soon lose its shine as Chanel’s always elaborate cruise show is being held in Seoul, the exact same day.

CHANEL DINNER CELEBRATING N°5 THE FILM BY BAZ LUHRMANNKarl doing his best at promoting Chanel. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Where will the editors go? What will the top models do? Will Rihanna be sitting front row in Korea or tripping in Tom Ford up the steps of the Met? Which one would you rather attend? The $25,000 a plate Met Gala or front row at one of the years hottest shows? Anna, if Kendall or Cara are too busy walking in the Chanel show I am always available to be a seat filler.

CR FASHION BOOK ISSUE 2 After PartyWhere will these fashion favorites be on March 4th? Karl Lagerfeld pictured with Carine Roitfeld, Stephen Gan and Kanye West. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Designer vs. Designer at the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Party

Photos by Carly Erickson (BFAnyc.com)

The CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund celebrated the 2014 Design Challenge at the Ludlow Hotel in downtown Manhattan on Tuesday night to celebrate the finalists for the contest.

For this year’s Design Challenge, Maybelline New York assigned each of the ten finalists an American city and asked them to create a head-to-toe look that embodies the distinct spirit and style of the Maybelline New York woman in that city.

Guests of the event included CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg, and many other notable designers and models such as Jason Wu, Anna Wintour, Lily Donaldson, and Joseph Altuzarra.

Below are pictures of the finalists with their dates, wearing the creations for the contest.

CFDA / VOGUE FASHION FUND Design Challenge CocktailMiami: Wes Gordon and Lily Donaldson

CFDA / VOGUE FASHION FUND Design Challenge CocktailNew Orleans: Cora Emmanuel and Eva Fehren

CFDA / VOGUE FASHION FUND Design Challenge CocktailAustin: Gigi Burris and Drake Burnette

CFDA / VOGUE FASHION FUND Design Challenge CocktailNew York: Paul Andrew and Andreea Diaconu

Major SS15 Trend Seen at Fendi + Marc Jacobs + More

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.

Ice Bucket Madness as Bettered by Miu Miu Fall 2014

I’m used to ice. The feel of it on your butt as it seeps through your jeans when you slip over on the street trying to maneuver around with an enormous Sophie Hulme bag strapped to your arm in the mid-November rain, or the frosty looks you get from industry bigwigs. But alas, I am referring to neither of these when I talk about the fashion industry’s current fascination with ice. The world has gone ALS Ice Bucket Challenge crazy.

I really started paying attention late last week when Bee Schaffer challenged her mother to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. “Wow” I hear you cry. ”Shock horror…WHO?” Although they don’t share a surname, Bee’s mother is none other than Queen of the Icicles herself, American Vogue Editor in Chief and Creative Director of Condé Nast, Anna Wintour.  Now, I admit, I freaked out a bit on hearing the news. The idea of seeing ice-cold water being poured over the most important figure within the industry was rather exciting. The chilly water sliding off her bob like a downpour on a fresh gabardine Burberry trench, pooling on her Oscar De La Renta swathed lap as she sat, menacingly, glasses super glued to her face. I also didn’t think she would do it.

However, I was wrong and Anna is a good sport. She accepted with grace and dignity, letting out only a little wince as her family drenched her. (Victoria Beckham fared less well, literally being hurled from her knees, face down into the Astroturf, as her boys poured gallons of water over her petit frame.)

Watch Anna Wintour accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge here.

But it makes me wonder. It’s all very well watching your favorite celebrities as you’ve never seen them before, erect nipples and all, but how many of us actually donate because they have seen someone do it? Are we all waiting for an excuse to be nominated to show how well we handle having a bucket full of ice cubes hurled at our heads, and then donate the $10 we would normally spend on Wednesday-night-wine-for-one? I, for one, am looking forward to Donatella Versace accepting the challenge (nominated by Mario Testino.

Whatever happens, If I get nominated, all I know is that you’ll have to give me more than 24 hours to grab some Fall 2014 Miu Miu, because that show was waterproofed to the extreme. Thanks Miuccia.