NYFW SS19 day 5: Carolina Herrera, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Proenza Schouler
A state of mind
Wes Gordon made his debut at Carolina Herrera, 3.1 Phillip Lim continued its wanderlust journey, and Proenza Schouler presented their first back-in-NYFW collection
Who: Previously the brand's creative consultant, Wes Gordon took the helm as the creative director after Mrs Herrera stepped down last season. But when he took his bow at the end of the show, he made sure to give acknowledgement to his predecessor, who was seated front row with her husband and her daughter.
Where: Not one to shy away from interesting locations, this season's runway was held at the New York Historical Society. Attendees were seated against a wall of beautiful artworks.
The Low-down: "Get ready for the era of Herrera"—
the brand announced on Instagram prior to the show yesterday. Indeed, this season's collection was inspired by Carolina Herrera herself. Wes Gordon looked at images of Mrs. Herrera in the '70s during his design process, but gave the brand's signature details hiw own spin. While the use of prints—florals, polka dots and plaids—may not be new to the fashion house, the 31-year-old designer updated them by incorporating a palette of contrasting colours and head-turning silhouettes into the collection, giving a prelude of what's to come. The brand's iconic white shirt have also been given a younger twist, sporting dramatic collars and smocked hem, perfect for those who'd like to flaunt a swath of toned midriffs. Wes Gordon revealed before the show that it'll be Carolina Herrera's first time seeing the collection, and from the looks he presented this season, the reaction will definitely be a great one.
3.1 Phillip Lim
Who: Seated on the front row, are It-girl Sofia Richie, singer Kelly Rowland, model Liya Kebede and singer-songwriter Khalid.
Where: The rain did not dampen the fashion spirit, as showgoers watched the show (which was held outdoors) in raincoats and with an umbrella over their heads.
The Low-down: In an interview with WWD, the designer revealed backstage that "coming from the previous collection where we unpacked a suitcase, I wanted to shed a little bit but keep that nomadic vibe" this season. The basic black, white and silver tones were paired with jolts of yellow and orange, and the pared-back silhouettes were complemented with asymmetrical shapes and shearling fringes. Result? A contemporary yet trendy collection that makes the perfect travel wardrobe. Accompanying the effortless looks, are shoes such as ankle-wrap sandals and flats that will ensure your comfort (and style) on a day of exploring. Regardless of the climate, there's a 3.1 Phillip Lim outfit for you.
Buro Loves: The fisherman bucket hat that were spotted on the model's head, and some with its strap tied around the neck.
Who: The model line-up includes supermodels such as Amber Valletta, Sasha Pivovarova, Karen Elson and Gemma Ward, as well as the It-models of the moment like Kaia Gerber and Binx Walton.
Where: The brand made its homecoming to New York after two seasons in Paris.
The Low-down: Creative directors Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough engaged German artist Iza Genzken to create a mannequin installation at the entrance of the show wearing the brand's designs—perhaps to give a refresher as to what the NYFW showgoers missed the last two seasons. The Spring 2019 collection was mostly made up of a mix of denim and leather; the former in the form of blazers, skirts and button-down shirts, and the latter, made into gilets and boots. To give the laidback collection that bit of added interest, pops of metallic were thrown in, as well as tie-dye print, and larger-than-life bags that might just be the next bag du jour.
Buro Loves: Take your pick from the array of A-line dresses-they'll make the perfect day-to-night ensemble.