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New York Fashion Week isn’t what it used to be. Since working the last show in Bryant Park, I witnessed a lackluster Lincoln Center campaign, the short-lived Fashion’s Night Out and a few different “raw” spaces. Not to mention some major diversity faux-pas.
Call me a traditionalist, but I would rather see creativity highlighted in the clothes and culture reverberated through expression than force fed via context. I understand experience is the new marketing tool for the industry but I’m a bit of a minimalist. Give me great aesthetic sans frills and you’ve won me over. And since nothing says minimalism quite like black (and black is always the new black), I decided to feature some of my favorite designers en noir who absolutely nailed it this year with their F/W 2017 collection and compelling presentations.
Designers Vincent Oshin and William Watson made their NYFW debut with a collection that featured graphic prints and a color story combed with plum, olive and denim blues. Although they added new hues to their palette, they kept their signature simplistic silhouettes and cool-kid bearing. During the presentation, guests were given Death to Tennis currency to be used in order to view the looks concealed behind a large wall. “Paying customers” were afforded a glimpse of the gear only after they made the transaction. To avoid distractions, the models faces were masked in Erica M. Hosery further honing the viewer’s attention on the garments.
Laquan Smith’s F/W 2017 collection pays homage to sexy. The designs include sleek PVC combined with luxurious python knits, Italian pony fur jackets, perforated velvet and structured boiled wool. Each outfit was paired with the newly launched LaQuan Smith Footwear and every look was the ultimate amalgam for women empowerment, a theme the Queen’s native is very fond of. As part of his presentation, the designer collaborated with Samsung’s virtual reality for a heightened experience. During the event a fashion film was projected in the background featuring Winnie Harlow, Duckie Thot and Elisa Johnson.
Maki Oh is a womenswear brand that fuses traditional African techniques with contemporary construction. The brand purveys a strong sense of identity and culture, creating narrative pieces that function as direct channels of communication. This season Maki Oh partnered with OXOSI to develop a concept that would recreate a Lagos marketplace and introduce guests to the streets of Nigeria. The line has been worn by Mrs. Michelle Obama, Lupita N’yongo, Solange Knowles, Leelee Sobieski, Alek Wek, Thandie Newton and more.