SS18 NYFW: The Round Up

What a week; from motocross stuntmen to the return of Tom Ford, we’ve seen it all. As we prepare ourselves for London Fashion Week, take a look at our round up of New York’s best collections.

Continuing his American journey, Raf Simons opened the week on Thursday for Calvin Klein. Simons toyed with bright colours, bold materials and famous horror movies. The set, by Sterling Ruby, featured giant pom-poms and axes inspired by the well known “Here’s Johnny” scene from The Shinning. In front of an impressive A-List frow, including the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal and Russell Westbrook, Simons experimented with everything from opera coats to fifties nylon skirts and even incorporated prints from famous artist Andy Warhol’s “Death and Disaster” series.

Returning to New York and paying tribute to his years at Gucci, Tom Ford nodded to the sharp and sexy silhouettes of his Nineties heyday. Ford wanted to capture the energy surrounding his prime without completely recreating the look. Claiming day clothes have ‘evaporated’, only to be replaced by yoga pants and chic jackets, Ford showed skimpy sequined dresses for everyday wear.

Victoria Beckham, or VB to people in the industry, offered us a collection that was not only desirable but highly wearable. Empowering femininity, palettes of dusty rose, lilac and powder blue inspired check shirts, pencil skirts and new glitter Harper slippers that we are obsessed with.

Yeezy was the no show of the season; whether a show had been planned and cancelled is still unclear but fear not as Kanye West isn’t the only Hip-Hop artists entering the world of fashion. Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma production raised adrenaline levels as motocross stuntmen raced up giant ramps performing everything from 360’s to back flips. The collection followed suit: think biker, surfer and scuba influences combined with sheer mesh, industrial zippers and adjustable lacing. As for footwear, surf-style ankle strapped stomper boots appeared with thong sandals.

Like polo ponies, Navajo blankets and American flags, cars have been a driving influence on Ralph Lauren's iconic designs for the last 50 years. He celebrated this on Tuesday night by inviting showgoers to his secret garage upstate in Bedford. Guests were ferried 40 miles from the city in black SUVs that had been supplied with an RL-approved soundtrack (jazz standards, including “Satin Dolls”). His fall collection was then presented among nearly $400 million worth of rare Ferraris, McLarens, Bugattis and more. Male and female models lapped around the designer’s extravagant car collection on the same runway. Alike Lauren’s beloved cars, his SS18 collection oozed timeless chic. Opening with classic suited looks of mixed tweeds, check and plaids, Lauren tinkered with concepts matching that of his cars; think stripes, grill work motifs and bright and yellow colour pops matching that of the car bodies.

Marc Jacobs closed New York Fashion Week 2017 with today's ‘It’ girls and an operatic finale, playing the aria from La Wally used in the movie, Diva. The Hadid Sisters, Kendall Jenner, Winnie Harlow, and Cindy Crawford's daughter Kaia Gerber all modelled Jacobs' latest collection, featuring brilliant colours like orange and yellow, and big, bold floral prints. Turbans, tassels and bags, including fanny packs, accompanied each look.

Over the week we saw head-to-toe porcelain floral prints at Zimerman, bright power blazers at Tom Ford and fringing , well, just about everywhere and as the emergence of SS18 trends come into play, we’re excited for fashions next destination. Where is that by the way? Ah yes, London. We’re ready for you...