The New York Fashion Week Experience

BY AMANDA MOSES

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) swept through the city streets like specks of glitter caught in a gust of wind. The beautiful, albeit brief spectacle took place from September 4th to September 11th at multiple venues throughout the metropolitan area. The main fashion hub for the shows took place at Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street where guests were able to network and mingle in a small lounge (complete with a complimentary café), have their hair styled by TRESemmé salon professionals, and so much more.

The grandeur of NYFW has every fashionista, designer, and artist itching to show off their creative style. Attendees clamor to the runway shows, some dressed in up-and-coming designers, while others stuck with infamous brands such as Balenciaga, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, and other luxury fashion houses. If you are considered an important fashion influencer, than you are placed in a coveted front row seat at the show (which mainly consists of four or five benches divided into sections).

The Spring Creek Sun attended several NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 runway shows. Some of our favorite designs came from: Blancore, Affair, Indonesian Diversity, and Global Collective II.

Blancore is a New-York based contemporary brand, whose showcase this season was inspired by water and all of its forms. The show began like a Shakespearean play, three models silhouetted in blue light that rippled off their bodies akin to mysterious sea creatures. There were silk gowns that flowed along the models’ bodies like a waterfall, sheer fabric forming a mist like appearance, and other outfits that were flat and smooth similar to a body of water at peace. Designer Yalan believes that water defines the existence of life—of every creature. Her inspirations were conveyed through the strong, yet gentle beauty of her design.

Affair’s designer, Rufat Ismayil, centered this season’s runway show around one of the world’s rarest orchids, the Kahri Bulbul, which can be found in his home country of Azerbaijan. Every piece on display featured shades that could be found on a flower, pastels, crêpe chiffon, and crystal embroidery emphasized the delicate beauty of the Kahri Bulbul orchid (almost each model wore a flower in their hair). Some gowns consisted of intricate lace sleeves, while others were made up of several individual pieces of fabric that flowed like confetti.

Indonesian Diversity featured four brands: 2Madison Avenue, Yoriswari Prajanti, Ayumi, and Julianto. This presentation focused on luxurious contemporary attire that highlights Indonesian and American culture.

Maggie Hutauruk, designer for 2Madison Avenue kicked off the show with her colorful and loud pieces made from Indonesian fabrics. Her section of the show was almost like a living abstract art show. Her streetwear and evening wear appeared to channel 1980s rock culture with a flair of Andy Warhal prints.

Ayumi (created by designer Marina Christyanti) was the second Indonesian artist to be showcased. Her pieces were sophisticated with earthy tones and embroidered textiles. Beige chiffon blouses, golden silk shorts, and flowing sashes gave the entire experience a rich and elegant appearance.

Julianto bold designs concentrated on solid colors with sculptural molds. Blushed pinks, noir blacks, and lacy whites were among the popular colors Julianito exhibited. These exquisite pieces felt very much like Italian or Parisian couture, while maintaining a unique contemporary style.

Yogiswari Prajanti was the final designer to showcase her work. Each of the designs were peppy and fun. Her craftsmanship produced bright street artists based designs that embrace Indonesian and American culture. Much of the dresses and blouses consisted of character illustrations, depicting Prajanti’s visuals of the world.

The most interesting, and perhaps flamboyant showcase at NYFW was
perhaps the Global Fashion Collective II. Design brands Hamon, Haus Zuk,
Maria Pia Cornejo, and AC·HOUSE were at the top of their game during their runway shows.

Hamon followed a theme of unity, featuring one piece of linen or cotton fabric with soft tones, such as pink, yellow, and fuchsia.

While Haus Zuk went in the complete opposite direction with a collection of bright furry designs shedding a light on the LGBT community. Zuk paid homage to his love of video games and cosplay with fantasy-inspired garments.

Maria Pia Cornejo concentrated on balancing color with geometric shapes,
similar to Piet Mondrain’s abstract painting turned into an Yves Saint Laurent 1960s dress. Cornejo inspirations were drawn from her commitment to futurism and pairing color with shapes. Much of her pieces consisted of solid reds folded into whites and blues through various structural shapes.

AC·HOUSE embraced the beauty of black, edgy clothing with Italian
couture. The use of lace, silk, chiffon, and embroideries made each outfit
worthy of either a rock star or princess. The high collar ivory blouses
matched with a puffed-out crushed satin blazer and shorts gave off a
Renascence gothic appeal, while the sheer chiffon black gowns with a
gleam of silver were worthy of the red carpet.

Photos by Amanda Moses and Blancore images by Dean Moses