Blonds prove once again that yes, they always have more fun. Closing out this year’s New York Fashion Week was a glitzy affair hosted by fashion’s most entertaining duo, David and Philip Blond.
Returning to their stylistic roots, this collection pays homage to the brand’s greatest moments in chain hardware. Never one to overdo it, the buxom models strutted down the catwalk wearing “I’m dreaming of Jenny” ponytails, while rapper Saucy Santana showed up to rapturous applause. The fringe continued to be more as he rocked structured bodysuits, catsuits, jackets and gowns encrusted in Preciosa crystals and covered in a sequined print. The beefy model rips off his shirt and the gorgeous Liti models offer a taste of the new limited edition chain print t-shirts, hoodies and leggings. Sarah Shears
On the final night of New York Fashion Week, California-born menswear designer Willy Chavarria could only feel the excitement — the crowd packed his Fall 2022 show at the beautiful, slightly abstract Marble College Church on 5th Avenue. From industry insiders like Tacon and GQ EIC Will Welch to clowns like rapper G-Eazy. Additionally, just days ago, Chavarria was awarded the 2022 National Design Award for Fashion Design from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. not bad.
Chavarria, whose clothes draw equally strong inspiration from Chicano culture and Calvin Klein, favors exaggerated silhouettes and high waistlines, as well as jackets that stretch to jump up and off the wearer’s body. Entitled “Please Stand Up,” the new collection throws the designer’s everyday staples into a whole new romantic dimension: giant blue and red roses adorn cinched waists and shield crotches, while dramatic trains flow behind at least one key ensemble.
There’s a wonderful ’70s excess in the Peter Pan collars that adorn Chavarria’s black cut-out bishop’s robes, and despite the retro aesthetic, the collection was distinctly Chavarria: the extra-wide culottes, oversized tees and cropped workwear were there. When the designer came out to wave to the audience, he got the loudest applause I’d heard all week. Helen Holmes
Why settle for the ordinary when you can be extraordinary? Enter Jackson Wiederhoff, the theatrically fun and cheeky designer of Wiederhoff’s show on Wednesday’s show of theater, dance and fashion at the Mulberry Street YMCA, which culminated with a bang.
Amidst a Dracula-themed goth drama, models and dancers wear brightly colored corsets and ornate gowns. Oversized long hooded opera coats came in a variety of textures, an exposed crinoline cage adorned a model with an angelic corset, and billowing taffeta and tulle made their way into skirts and blouses. The collection and show was a much-needed reminder of the simple joys and beauty of dress-up play. Sarah Shears
Functional and practical, A–the company’s new professional apparel collection released Wednesday ditches the unnecessary frills and over-the-top features. rather than Collection VIII I returned to the true meaning of dress-to-work, but simultaneously embraced a more relaxed style that embraced Millennials and GenZers began to flourish in corporate settings.
The brand attempted to tackle the disappearing workplace tie-ins and tights, “two pieces of clothing that can be put together to make the opposite of what’s traditionally used in fashion,” according to the company’s NYFW press release. As they are too rigid and cumbersome, none of the visual elements are included in any of the pieces.
The looks brought business attire into a modern, gender-neutral era. The line focused on transparency and clarity. Soft tones, soft suit jackets, trench coats and chinos were clearly intended for professional use. But delicate textures like silk can be too stiff or angular, denying beauty and undermining versatility. Brooke Leigh Howard