NYFW FW'18 Round Up - Trends, Gender Fluidity, and Size Diversity on the Runway
It was a whirlwind of a weekend, and my first full blown New York Fashion Week! I've been dying to write this post all week, but honestly I'm exhausted. So sorry guys!
Anyways, I didn't want to go the route of recapping every show, my outfits, and who was wearing what, etc. Instead, I wanted to speak on topics that I found fascinating; FW'18 trends, and Gender Fluidity and Size Diversity on the runway. So here's my quick roundup on all three!
The VIP - The coat or jacket or top coat. I saw variations of all sorts. From fur and puffers, to oversize trench coats.
Lady Boss - The women's suit game was strong this year. Tailored looks and power suits dominated, and I'm not mad about it one bit!
Plaid - from oxford plaid to tartan to buffalo plaid... and throw in some houndstooth. Its everywhere now and will still be prevalent in FL'18.
Leather, patent leather, and ruffles or modern day frillz
Novelty sweaters and knit interpretations
Sequins sequins sequins
Ode to the 80's
The color yellow and cobalt blue were everywhere!
So what I mean by gender fluidity on the runway is the rise of coed or unisex fashion shows. Only a handful were represented, however, it was enough to say that we're moving in the right direction. Menswear designers Krammer & Stoudt had women walk their FL'18 runway during Men's NYFW. Helen Anthony opened with men in unisex clothing wearing four inch heels, and Pyer Moss and Dion Lee showcased men in coed looks that were seemingly interchangeable.
So what does this mean? It means that the fashion system is rapidly evolving. We are seeing designers take more advantageous approaches to define there brand. This also speaks to how our society is dressing or views fashion. Gucci's Alessandro Michele thoughts on genderless clothing is that its the way he see's the world today. Unique interpretations are now taking the stage and its becoming more and more dominate.
Furthermore, I was excited to also see the emergence of plus size models walking the runway. Designers, such as Michael Kors, Christian Siriano, Chromat, and Tome recognized a billion dollar industry and showcased size diversity. It's incredible that these designers are switching up the game and realizing that this is no longer a size 0 industry. The curvy women who walked down the runway exemplified confidence and strength. This is how we should speak to our younger audience. Women of all body types and backgrounds should be celebrated.
All the clips from the shows I attended are found on my Instagram's NYFW highlight, and of course, below are the outfits from the week!