Despite freezing temperatures, NYFW pressed on as it always does with a sartorial feast for the eyes. And the fashion set used the weather as an excuse to layer on more moments for us to be inspired by. From a color-filled breakthrough moment at Area and quintessential minimalism at Helmut Lang to a litany of street style for us to gain inspiration from, we’ve gathered the top highlights from a jam-packed week.
SHOP NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
SPARKLING SOPHISTICATION AT AREA
Area delivered a sophisticated, genre-bending take on their playful, crystal-embellished signatures. It was one of the most joyful collections to witness sauntering down the runway, which was a huge Wall Street lobby. “At Area, the energy emanating from the models and clothes was palpable,” says Barneys Fashion Director Marina Larroudé. “Like the NYC streets of ’90s nightlife.”
COLORFUL LUXURY AT SIES MARJAN
Models walked down a runway of 3 million (yes, you read correctly) tiny, multicolored Swarovski crystals, creating a kaleidoscopic feast for the eyes. The collection itself riffed on many of the elements we’ve come to love from Sies Marjan: color and relaxed tailoring, but in new ways that continue to evolve the brand.
HELMUT LANG’S MINIMALISM 2.0
Under-the-radar design duo Mark Thomas and Thomas Cawson were behind Helmut Lang’s FW19 collection, which was a modern, smart interpretation of the brand’s core values. From the stiff denim to the slip dresses, everything fit just so—tailored but boxy, intentional but nonchalant.
R13 GOES GRUNGE
Vintage-inspired plaids set against delicate, faded floral and animal prints brought R13 designer Chris Leba’s grunge vision to life. An army of platform-boot-laden girls, the likes of which included Kaia Gerber, stomped down the runway bearing distressed outerwear and separates that could be from Grandma’s closet — but were no less desirable.
OUR FAVORITE SPORT IS BACK
We’re talking about Bag Spotting! And the reasonably decent weather (read: no blizzards) this season meant that new season accessories could dictate fashion choices. We spied many a must-have bag around town, like this Sonia Rykiel studded bag, which popped against a red Givenchy coat.
PRABAL GURUNG’S GLOBAL ENTRY
Inspired by his Eastern travels (and heritage), Prabal Gurung displayed a lively landscape of multicolored prints, glamorous throwback silhouettes, and undeniable female strength (though his soon-to-be-launched menswear line was also in the mix). It proved the designer is inspired by global commonality, and has closed in on his unique point of view.
ALL THE FEELS AT ZERO + MARIA CORNEJO
Cashmere knits, velvet, alpaca, pebbled silk—Maria Cornejo’s FW19 collection was a tactile feast. She opted not to do a runway show this season, which meant we could visit her showroom and fully interact with the collection (read: touch the soft fabrics).
BEST DRESSED: ULLA JOHNSON
The textures and prints in Ulla‘s FW19 collection were so rich and artisanal, and the dresses ran the gamut of day to evening. The velvet maxis would make for a perfect winter wedding-guest outfit.