The best street style looks from New York Fashion Week 2018
Hold on to your vinyl macs, there’s some serious sartorial inspo stomping the sidewalk in the big apple
The Evening Standard
Today is the final day of New York Fashion Week.
And what a week it’s been. From robots, transgender children and breast cancer survivors on the runway, to Beckhams, Cindy Crawford and Cardi B on the front row, there hasn’t been a dull moment.
In addition to the well-heeled celebrities attending the shows, the street style set has also been out in full force, pounding the pavements in their sartorial best.
And while New York is merely the first stop in a fashion month that will see editors and influencers flock from the Big Apple to London to Milan to Paris, some key trends for autumn 2018 are already emerging.
1. All white
Full look colour is sticking the course, with many choosing to salute (read pray for) the arrival of spring in head-to-toe white ensembles.
London-based influencer Camille Charriere gave all-white a 2018 twist in a white yeti coat and wide-leg white trousers.
2. Polka face
Polka dots are a fashion classic. Give them their freshest spin in predominantly white iterations.
3. Lilac what I see
Pantone’s colour prediction for 2018 may have been ultra violet, but the the streets have spoken and it looks like fashion’s love affair with lilac and lavender endures.
We look forward to analysing the sartorial delights the street style set deliver at London Fashion Week this weekend.
Photos by Crystal Nicodemus
The cold doesn’t bother fashion’s most stylish show-goers, who have debuted some seriously fierce outerwear on the chilly streets of New York City. From puffy down jackets, to teddy bear coats and boxy blazers, frigid temps has never looked so inviting.
Follow along as we document the best street styles from the final stretch of NYFW.
In his latest collection, Tadashi Shoji proves that power is synonymous with glamour and sexiness. His Fall 2018 runway embodied a fiercely feminine energy—each look that strutted down the catwalk, dramatic and deeply unapologetic.
To complement the strength of Tadashi’s collection, makeup artist Pep Gay was tasked with creating a beauty look that would continue the luxurious narrative of tulle gowns and sequined suits. Gay answered the call with a mesmerizing wash of gold on the eyes using MAC Cosmetics, harkening the elegance of the red carpet, where we can easily imagine Tadashi’s designs gracing the silhouettes of Hollywood A-listers. Just-bitten berry lips finished the look, creating truly beautiful makeup that does not compete with the fashions, but makes them shine. Ahead, we break down the look, so you can recreate it step by step.
Photos by Crystal Nicodemus
Spring has officially sprung in New York City according to the fashion pack’s brightly colored outfits and hiked hemlines. Primary colors replace the usual head-to-toe neutrals and red continues to dominate as the current It color. But there is another standout hue on the horizon: canary yellow, as seen in brilliant knitwear, fluttering floral skirts, trousers and more. When the weather is so-so, street stylers bring their own sunshine.
Let these springy styles inspire you for the season ahead.
The brand rag & bone is a story of contrasts: English tailoring meets American workwear, uptown versus downtown, masculine and feminine—all told to customers around the globe. Sartorial storytelling is the brand’s niche, and is often led by CEO and founder Marcus Wainwright, who continually finds new mediums for his evolving fashion message.
We spoke to Wainwright ahead of his new short film (co-directed by Benjamin Millepied, Aaron Duffy, and Bob Partington and filmed by Darius Khondji), which showcases rag & bone’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection. The short, “Why Can’t We Get Along,” features dance as a metaphor for seeing from another’s point of view, and stars Kate Mara and Ansel Elgort, in addition to the label’s spring styles and a soundtrack by Thom Yorke.
It’s time once again for editors, designers, Insta-stylers and legendary fashion photogs to converge on the streets of New York, London, Paris and Milan—Fashion Month is upon us. While the cities are abuzz with must-see shows, glitzy parties and countless other events, we can’t help but wonder how the fashion pack keeps up with it all so stylishly.
The secret is preparation. Newbies and vets alike know that a key selection of beauty products is all that’s needed to look fresh while frantically hailing a cab. Below, ten of the most important items to carry in your Fashion Week arsenal—yes, your pretty Chloé one.
Bijon in the front, fellow Nordstrom buyer Tulio Salcedo in the back; photo by Thig Gishuru.
Fashion Week has become a spectator sport both IRL and online. But its original purpose was to show clothes to retail buyers. And that’s still the case.
Our buyers sit front row at shows, and more importantly, visit showrooms to see and feel the products up close. That’s where they make big decisions and place orders, choosing what we’ll sell in months ahead (for this season’s fashion weeks, that would be for the fall and winter of 2018).
With the European fashion weeks just finished and only New York to go, our men’s designer buyer Bijon Javadzadeh has already seen all the clothes and made his orders. He spent January in Europe, and last week previewed the men’s collections showing in New York Fashion Week, even though NYFW:M officially starts today.
We caught up with him to get his impressions after three weeks of showroom appointments—and to hear his view of the future of fashion.
SHOP: men’s designer
DEATH TO TENNIS’S THEATRICAL REINTRODUCTION AND FALL ’18 COLLECTION, AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: MEN’S
Photos by Mike Chard
Death to Tennis is not a brand Nordstrom sells yet, but one we’re following closely. Specializing for the past five years in classic menswear with urban and modern twists, designers Vincent Oshin and William Watson had only done presentations before (where models stand around in the clothes). They went all out for their first-ever runway show at Pier59 Studios, bringing music and theater, and reintroducing themselves as conceptual artists.
Their show, The Great Style War, used a soundtrack of drums that hit like bombs. First, it was hip-hop remixes played live by Asen James and DJ Prince. Then everyone watched (including famous rappers Joey Badass and Smokepurpp, who smoked a blunt in the front row), as men and women models walked to more frenzied beats, in floral jacquards and a preponderance of utility pockets.
In the third act, lights dimmed and a bandaged bride strode out, followed by the lurch of an almost dead-looking groom. Violinist Jungwon Kim played Bach’s Partita No. 2. The effect was transporting. What was this story of damage and desire?
Backstage, we caught up with Oshin and Watson to ask about the collection and show—which feels like a turning point for the brand.
SHOP: men’s designer
Photos by Mike Chard
Over the years, Todd Snyder has become one of the marquee designers at New York Fashion Week: Men’s—a chill, Midwestern guy and a reliable player in both the designer world and in daily-use sportswear. While he doesn’t get much credit for it, he’s also a trendsetter. His long-running collaborations with Champion, for instance, preceded fashion’s fascination with athleisure. So when he speaks on the future of menswear, we listen.
Backstage moments before his Fall ’18 show, in between making last-minute adjustments to models’ outfits and chatting with his friend Hasan Minhaj, Snyder told us that he envisioned athleisure waning. According to Snyder, it’s not that sweats and sneakers are out, period, but at this point we have an issue of saturation. And his idea about how to break that up is for guys to start wearing classic British styles with loose American tailoring.
SHOP: Todd Snyder
Photo by Mike Chard
At New York Fashion Week: Men’s, one recent development is brands deciding to show collections out in the city, at non-fashion venues. And why not? Designers are always talking about their influences. Sometimes it’s best to take that classic writer’s advice: show, don’t tell.
For Ovadia & Sons’ punk rock–influenced fall 2018 collection, twin brothers Ariel and Shimon Ovadia booked the concert hall Irving Plaza. The venue, a former community center converted to a rock venue in 1978, holds fond memories for Ariel – who designed the collection with his brother Shimon. He saw a ton of shows there in the late ’90s.
The brothers have always been inspired by music and worked it into their designs. Last season, Ariel and I were talking about how their clothes reflected a love of Fabolous mixtapes and Lexus coupes. This season we talked about emo, hardcore and post-hardcore punk.
The soundtrack to the show was the soundtrack to young Ariel’s life: Alkaline Trio, Rancid, Pennywise, and My Chemical Romance—a disaffected, guitar-loving teen’s playlist from 1999. And the clothes were some of Ovadia’s best.
Check out our interview with Ariel Ovadia below and get inside his electric guitar nostalgia.
SHOP: Ovadia & Sons
As gentlemen continue to venture further into the fashion avant-garde, styles shift from commercially driven monotonous dress shirts and trousers to artistic self-expression with an almost-anything-goes flair—that’s almost anything.
Nordstrom Men’s Buying Director Jorge Valls knows there is a lot to be excited about in men’s fashion. Beyond New York Fashion Week trends—which he predicts will be centered around ’90s street style and fine tailoring—Valls has his sights set on the grand opening of Nordstrom’s standalone New York men’s store this spring, for which he curated a diverse collection of the most exciting names in menswear.
In an interview for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), which appears in “Words with Fashion Friends,” Valls shares which shows excite him most this season and hints at what’s in store for the highly anticipated Nordstrom Manhattan flagship store just before men’s week gets going in New York!