Booking a crisp, white tent at Lincoln Center is so 2015. New York Fashion Week is now anchored downtown, with Spring Studios in Soho acting as its home base. But as NYFW ends here in NYC, it’s become clear that the hottest move was for designers to score an off-site venue — and one that screams quintessential New York. In case your front row ticket got lost in the mail, read on to learn where the biggest labels showcased their Spring 2019 collections.
Ralph Lauren Celebrates 50 Years at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park
The master of preppy fashion celebrated 50 years of his iconic label last Friday at the Bethesda Terrace in Central Park. The evening began with a single runway show highlighting all of Lauren’s many labels. This format not only underscored the designer’s breadth, but also allowed for a crowd-pleasing stunt — adorable baby models walking hand in hand with their adult counterparts. Later in the program, the designer hosted a super glamorous dinner complete with a toast by none other than Oprah.
Longchamp Hosts Debut Show Atop the World Trade Center
Despite celebrating its 70th birthday this year, Longchamp has never showcased at NYFW until this past weekend. And what better way for the French brand to make its mark in Manhattan than by having its show provide spectacular views of the city? The boho, suede-heavy event took place on the 68th floor of the World Trade Center. The afternoon also kicked off the transition of Kendall Jenner becoming the face of the brand, filling the shoes of Kate Moss, who had been in the role for years.
Chelsea Piers Goes Honky Tonk Thanks to Maxwell’s Texas-Inspired Couture
The Texan-born designer Brandon Maxwell proved that Chelsea Piers can be used for more than hitting up the driving range or bowling with friends. From translucent totes carrying champagne to a fuchsia gown sported by Gigi Hadid, Maxwell wowed an A-list crowd on Saturday night. The large venue gave the bold, Texas-inspired designs plenty of room to breathe. Daisy Dukes got a high-fashion refresh. Although Lady Gaga is one of Maxwell’s biggest fans, music by Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt and Beyoncé played as models walked the runway. The show concluded with a show-stopping rendition of Selena’s “Dreaming of You.”
Kate Spade’s Legacy Lives on at the New York Public Library
Playful patterns in sophisticated silhouettes lightened the mood at the New York Public Library last week. Kate Spade’s SS19 show marked the brand’s first showcase since the death of its founder — who was remembered through placards that were left on every seat reading: “She left a little sparkle everywhere she went. In loving memory 1962-2018.” The message matched the structure of the show: Models strutted down a pink carpet dusted with silver glitter.
Tory Burch Gears up for SS19 in the Garden of the Cooper Hewitt Museum
The garden of the Cooper Hewitt Museum provided a lush backdrop for Tory Burch’s primarily subdued-toned collection. Cream and neutral ensembles, inspired by Burch’s parents’ vintage travel attire, were jazzed up with bold, simple accents — like chartreuse stripes. The simultaneous simplicity and boldness of these accents acted as allusions to some of the design museum’s most popular pieces.
Carolina Herrera Keeps It Classy at the New York Historical Society
Known for her old-school glamour — think Gone With The Wind-esque ball gowns — Carolina Herrera’s sophisticated collection was enhanced by the Beaux Arts architecture provided by the show’s venue, the New York Historical Society. Models walked down a runway lined with 19th-century paintings, which echoed the glamour of the collection, rich with florals and an abundance of ruffles.
Burberry Goes Big at Astor Place
Blink and you missed it! For a little over two days, a Jeff Koons-inspired giant Burberry teddy bear balloon lorded over Astor Place. While the British brand won’t be showing its latest collection until London Fashion Week, the inflatable bear acted as an irreverent reminder of the label’s importance in the fashion community. The teddy also showed off the company’s new, monogrammed print. The iconic checks have been pushed aside for bold B’s linked together in front of a beige background.