By Brittani Harfield | September 18, 2018 | Style & Beauty
New York Fashion Week is one of the most important style weeks that people live for. It's where style icons, celebrities, and fashion moguls all come together to watch angels, Hadids, Jenners, and Gerbers dominate the runways. Here’s a look into what we loved about NYFW and the trends that everyone will need in their closets this spring.
Ralph Lauren arrives at his 50th Anniversary Show in Central Park.
To kick off the iconic week was the celebration of Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary. What better way to celebrate a member of the American Designer Royal Family than to shut down Central Park and have anyone who’s anyone fill up the guest list. This party included everyone from political figures, to socialites, to pop culture queens. However, the eccentric guest list was not the focus of the night. As soon as the clothes made their appearance on the runway, it was apparent who the real star in the room was. The anniversary was inspired by “the timeless heroine who thrives on originality” as stated by the man himself, Ralph Lauren. The collection is vintage classic bridged with a touch of modern, and western combined with elegance. He paired elegant gowns with classic Polo pieces showcasing a perfect street style-esque that dominates today's culture while staying true to the classic American stud he created. The 50th anniversary runway show was enough proof to show how Ralph Lauren is still and will continue to be the King.
The primarily womenswear designers were inspired by menswear to create a show that includes many unisex and gender-neutral pieces. The oversized and deconstructed silhouettes gave the classic Monse feel to these outfits that weren’t necessarily menswear or women’s. The show took on a nautical theme with frayed stripes and rugby inspired looks that are seen all over street style icons. Chain print, stripes, and rope detailing were also a part of this nautically themed show. However, the classic Monse style of asymmetrical silhouettes and hemlines take the collection to the next level. The never boring, never basic pieces are a twist on American style classics.
At the end of the show, Ford spoke out about fashion and how it has seen dark times lately. It hasn’t been what people have wanted to wear but what the trends have dictated. Ford strived to bring fashion back to what people want. Ford focused on glamour in dark hues for women and classic dark tones for men’s pieces. The show is dark elegance with long silk dresses, corsets, and glimpses at animal prints and textures. Men’s satin suits paired with t-shirts and sweaters showcase a classically refined style paired with basics for a casual elegance. Ford uses subtle lavender hues and croc leather in many of these pieces that soften the runway full of dark colors.
Inspired by Maxwell’s native state, the show felt very Texas with bright and shiny colors. However, this is not new for Brandon Maxwell. Inspired by the 80s Texan, the runway revealed bright colors, shiny details, and structured silhouettes. This season, he emphasized on clear oversized bags in the details because everything is bigger in Texas. The bold and bright colors take the more conservative pieces that Maxwell highlights in the collection above and beyond. The collection focuses on the woman with power that looks good no matter what. The classic 80s Texan oil-boom-feel filled with big detail and bold colors that Maxwell is never afraid of is something that everyone needs for their spring wardrobe. Also, if five-month pregnant Lily Aldridge in the mid-length red dress isn’t goals, then I don’t know what is.