Updated: Oct 7, 2019
And there goes another season of fashion week!
It's crazy to think that just 5 years ago I was on my sweet little island dreaming of attending these shows and here I am, sitting front row rubbing arms with some major players in the industry and I couldn't feel any more blessed. It suddenly felt like life came full circle in that moment. I'm happy to see this growth in myself and excited to see what the future holds but enough of me... let's get into this season's events.
The fashion week calendar is literally FILLED with shows, events, parties, presentations etc. so it's hard to make it to all of them. I couldn't even make it to half before feeling ill tbh, but among the shows I did attend... here are the highlights.
First stop: Laurence and Chico
Laurence and Chico is a unique Canadian womenswear brand. Their collections are always filled with bold colors, lively prints and fun silhouettes on the runway which reflects the lives of the designers, Laurence Li and Chico Want. I really enjoyed the show, all fashion aside, the inclusivity of the brand was very evident and appreciated. Also, where the hell can I get one of those tweed hats?!
Next Up: Blancore
Photos: Xinhua/Li Rui
The New York-based contemporary brand made its debut at this season's fashion week with special appearances from Olivia Palermo (fashion icon) and Xiaodong Zhang (Marie Claire China publisher). I didn't get a chance to attend the show but had the opportunity to get up close and personal with some the pieces at their showroom presentation which was even more exciting for me. I had my very own fashion show in just about every item because I absolutely love them!
The collection had a sense of fluidity with the choice of fabrics and color palette to represent water which was the inspiration.
My fave this season: Afffair
Inspired by the rare orchid, Kahri Bulbul, that grows exclusively in his home country, Rufat Ismayil (the designer) displayed a masterpiece of show-stopping red carpet pieces. The collection had an array of elegant statement pieces from head-to-toe fringe dresses to ruffles and sheer fabric with embellished crystals and embroidery. This was definitely a favorite of the season, the detailing that went into each piece was clearly seen and it was hard not to fall in love with.
Each piece literally sparkled as it went down the runway, I couldn't look away! (see my insta for clips!)
And I just have to do an honorable mention to the Pyer Moss show!
I wasn't in attendance but damn do I wish I was. Designer, Kerby Jean- Raymond came ALL the way out and gave us black folks everything we didn't know we needed. Showcasing the second installment of “American, Also,” a three-part series addressing the erasure of African American narratives in pop culture. Entitled "Sister" Kerby brought church to the forefront. Casey Gerald opened the show with a moving sermon in reference to the anniversary of slavery. The show carried on with the Pyer Moss Tabernacle Drip Choir Drench in the Blood highlighting the life of Sister Rosetta Tharpe with their sick rock and roll style. She wasn't the only prolific black artist from which Kerby drew inspiration. A lot of the accessorizing and details came from the likes of Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and Missy Elliot.
This show was the epitome of black excellence and I am literally obsessed with every piece!!
Oh and how could I forget the epic Savage x Fenty show?!
I had the amazing opportunity to witness Rihanna's magic irl, safe to say I was hype. As you guys know, filming wasn't allowed during the show because of the Amazon Prime production but I have to say that was an experience like no other. Rihanna, like Kerby, went against the grain of a typical fashion show and really provided an immersive lifestyle with appearances from Joan Smalls, Normani, Laverne Cox, 21 Savage, and so many more. You can view the 50 min show through Amazon Prime (look out for my face!!).
This was definitely the best season I've attended!
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