New York Fashion Week has officially come to a close, and this year’s shortened schedule didn’t sacrifice any of the glitz and glamour. Traditional runway shows have become immersive experiences, transporting audiences figuratively and literally into the designer’s world.
Here I am channeling fashion week vibes in Chicago with pops of red. I’ve wrapped up my favorite NYFW shows and looks from the Spring/Summer 2020 collections!
Ralph Lauren transported the fashion set back to the Jazz Age with his show’s party atmosphere. It all unfolded at “Ralph’s Club”, a ballroom on Wall Street that the designer transformed into a swanky nightclub. Much like the setting, the collection itself centered around a return to classic glamour—with tuxedo suits, standout red carpet gowns, and a hefty dose of sequins. The show had a black tie dress code and featured a live performance by Janelle Monáe, who climbed on tables and prowled the room on her hands and knees while models and show-goers alike sipped champagne from crystal flutes. As America’s ultimate aspirational lifestyle designer: at Ralph’s club, it’s members only.
Oscar De La Renta
House designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia took the Oscar woman on a glamorous vacation for Spring 2020, finding inspiration in De la Renta’s native Dominican Republic. The Cunard building was outfitted with palm trees and giant fruit baskets, emphasizing a getaway state of mind as models strolled down the runway in party shorts sets and woven raffia numbers.
As soon as I saw this look I immediately thought of one of my favorite quotes from the late designer. When he was asked by WWD in 1967 to describe his customer, he responded: “When she jumps off a yacht, it’s the biggest one in the French Riviera.” It had to be sketched…
Next up: London, Milan, and Paris!