New York Fashion Week AW18: Highlights of Day 4
From the office to the red carpet
Who: Victoria Beckham's strongest supporters (her family, missing Brooklyn Beckham this season) were #FROW as per uusual. A rare public display of affection wasn't missed at the end of her show when she gave each of them a hug/kiss before heading backstage.
Where: The Convent of the Sacred Heart in the James Burden Mansion, inside the grand salons where the audience was treated to a more detailed viewing of the clothes.
The Low-down: This year marks the 10th anniversary year of Beckham's label. "I wanted this Autumn/Winter 2018 presentation to be a quiet celebration of where we have come since those very first appointments here in New York. These clothes embrace the contours of the female form, echoing the design aesthetic that I originally started with." Anyone whose fashion mantra is "beauty lies in simplicity" would love what Victoria Beckham has to offer for AW18. The purpose of keeping the audience pool smaller this season was for them to take note of the meticulous construction from a disparate perspective. Made for the working women who wanted to have fun with fashion in the boardroom, the clothes boasted complex silhouettes that combined layers and textures of all sorts. Sleeves were kept long, shoulders emphasised, and waists were nipped in the slightest. Spot a slew of head-turning accessories (and details) in the form of oversized tote bags in felt and square-toed flats with too long a buckle strap worn with stirrups.
Buro Loves: Power women ensembles for work and the weekend i.e. a moss green trench coat in felt that had a matching tote bag and a white silk dress with a knotted accordion pleat detailing.
Who: Creative director Sander Lak previously designed for Belgian designer Dries Van Noten
Where: In the infamous Hotel Pennsylvania where the dingy interior was converted into a real-life dreamscape thanks to neon lights that bathed the show set.
The Low-down: One thing to expect from Sies Marjan is that you can always count on Lak to deliver wearable, non-trend-based clothes that are not boring, but unique for its silhouette, amalgamation of textures; and most definitely — his sui generis use of colour. Lak's colour high this season featured a handful of distinct hues from ombré red and blue to rust and brown. Those who prefer dressing down on most days would find draped frocks and loose, pajama-like satin shirts appealing; while the jazzy lot might fancy tulle-wrapped dresses and fur stoles paired with jumpsuits.
Buro Loves: A holographic trench for when we're feeling adventurous, fluid dresses in ombré, and pleated pieces that had spiral knots in the mid-section.
Who: A cast of supermodels (most of whom are Maxwell's personal friends) walked the show, including Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, the Hadid sisters, Romee Strijd, and Grace Elizabeth.
Where: The stylist and photographer launched his NYC-based ready-to-wear label in 2015 a few years after snagging a role as Fashion Director for Lady Gaga. His dresses have been worn by a string of A-listers, from former First Lady to Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga herself.
The Low-down: Pared-back glamour was what Maxwell was going for this time around with his red-carpet inspired ensembles i.e. jumpsuits with sweetheart necklines in eye-popping colours, tees worn with heavy skirts, and sleek velvet tuxedo suits. Traipsing to the more commercial side were a few denim looks, knit sweaters and dresses, and spangled trousers.
Buro Loves: Gigi Hadid's closing look — a black hoodie worn with an embellished skirt — was a refreshing take on red carpet wear (and one we'd very gladly don on an everyday basis.)