It was a busy day for fashion goers in New York with the likes of Calvin Klein and Oscar De La Renta presenting their SS19 collections.
Raf Simons once again turned to his love of cinema for inspiration, but as always he likes to dive into the sinister and this time it was the movie Jaws. The runway was covered in blood red carpet, the back wall had a projection of water and models came out with wet hair wearing deconstructed pieces such as pleated skirt that literally looked like a shark took a bite out of it.
There was plenty of Jaws merchandise such as vests and short-sleeved sweatshirts, as well as other film references like wetsuits and beanie hats. As with his previous show, he offered something a little softer too with sixties shift dresses and boxy blazers in reference to movie The Graduate – but it’s the shark that had real bite.
Oscar De La Renta’s show was all about the ‘woman who wanders in style’. Design duo Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia opened with a series of draped dresses in scarf print referencing Kim’s recent trip to Morocco and Garcia’s travels to India.
The undone silhouettes and pyjama sets showcased a more relaxed vision for the brand long associated with red carpet dressing. There was plenty for every day, but the designers didn’t forget the clients who seek evening glamour so we saw canary yellow off shoulder gown, but styled with sandals, sheer baroque lace dresses in black and a feathered number with an embellished bodice and fringed skirt.
Upon entering the Coach show space, you are met 20 feet tall Bronty, i.e a dinosaur made from scavenged materials found across the U.S. The SS19 collection was dedicated to the dreamers and road trippers who pick up pieces along the way and combine them into effortless looks that resist time and trends.
Our eyes were on the outerwear, specifically fringed leather jackets, while our favourite Disney characters received a more sinister treatment that adored sweatshirts and T-shirts, many of which were styled over prairie floral dresses and skirts. The mismatch was surprising, but then again the youth of today seek that freedom of dressing and Coach delivers.