Each February, as winter starts to grate on New Yorkers, NYFW comes along and breathes life back into the city via vibrant, bold ready-to-wear collections that set the tone for seasons to come. For FW18, Raf Simons continued to reinvent Americana for Calvin Klein, millennial pink has been replaced with a grown up, bolder fuchsia, Wang went corporate, and so much more. Off the runways, the streets were on the pulse of what’s currently trending—lots of patent leather, red head-to-toe, and white accessories. Scroll on for a few of our favorite moments from the Fall/Winter 2018 New York Fashion Week, and stay tuned as we hop across the pond to London and continue our Fashion Month coverage.

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AREA MADE A SPLASH
Area, the buzzy brand launched by Parsons grads Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk, is redefining modern glamour via sleek and sporty use of lamé, crystal fringe, and sassy silhouettes. Monday’s show was held at an underground high school swimming pool and the sleek, playful, sensual clothes were so covetable we wanted to wear them straight to the next fashion party.

Area FW18 by Mitchel Sams

 

ZIMMERMANN IN BLOOM
The entire Zimmermann package is just so lush and beautiful—from the rosy cheeked models to the flouncy silhouettes and even the runway printed with florals. The FW18 collection was titled Unbridled, and the theme was referenced via a boho/equestrian take on the Victorian era with no shortage of high romance details like ruffles and high-necks. Over-the-top romance and femininity were tempered with sleek leather trousers, masculine trenches, and knitwear.

Zimmermann FW18 by India Hartford Davis

 

OUR #I❤NYFW CAMPAIGN CONTINUES
This season we continued our #I❤NYFW campaign, which invites all of you to share the hashtag on social media. The idea is to celebrate the all the incredible talent and energy of our hometown. New York is in our name, after all, and our in-store and online selection wouldn’t be the same without all the incredible American designer collections.

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WANG AT WORK
Alexander Wang showed at Condé Nast’s former HQ, Four Times Square, where he was all business even down to the prompt start time. Wang’s spin on power dressing was sharply tailored with lots of nods to athleisure. And beyond designing the collection, the designer himself was seated front row manning his own Instagram Live the whole time, right down to his final jaunt down the runway.

 

CALVIN KLEIN WAS POPPIN’
From the bag of popcorn invites to the runway a foot deep with the stuff, Raf Simmons was sending a message via kernels of corn. What was it? Perhaps it was a nod to the heartland—after all, he’s keeps building on an Americana theme—or, perhaps, to cinema. Either way, it made for quite a show, especially given the bold mix in the collection. Mylar survival blankets, hazmat style boots, prairie skirts, and oversized knits felt conceptual and cheeky at the same time and left us wanting more.

 

Calvin Klein FW18 by FirstView

 

THINK PINK
Goodbye millennial pink, hello bolder, uber-confident hot pink. Fuchsia is officially the color of the season—wear it head-to-toe for bonus points. From Sies Marjan to Alexander Wang and Prabal Gurung to Ulla Johnson, pictured, designers were not shy when it came to their palette.

Ulla Johnson FW18 by FirstVIew

 

PRABAL’S FINAL WALK
While there were no feminist slogan tees this season, there was still an air of gravitas at the Prabal show. While the palette was typically girly shades of pink and purple, the inspiration for the collection, including the colors, came from India’s activist Gulabi Gang and China’s Mosuo tribe, both of which are matriarchal groups. For the final walk, the music stopped and Bella and Gigi led the pack of models down the runway in a cornucopia of color sending a message of strength and hope.

Prabal Gurung FW18

 

ESTEBAN CORTAZAR COMES HOME
The designer returned to NYFW after showing in Paris for more than a decade, and his comeback show didn’t disappoint. The mash up of light as air organza with sumptuous, chunky knits and nuanced shirting was perfectly accented with playful embellishments. Team Barneys left the show with a unanimous smile and the start of a shopping list.

Estaban Cortazar FW18

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