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The biggest trends from New York Fashion Week SS19

New York Fashion Week has unveiled some of the biggest SS19 trends, and numerous major fashion throwbacks during the eight full days of showcases, quirky ‘it’ bags, neon colours, and a dedicated crowd who sat through pouring rain during Rodarte’s cemetery runway show.

There’s a lot of fantasy this time around. The SS19 looks beckon a walk down memory lane as familiar permutations from the past decade return – brighter, bolder and far more sophisticated. There’s enough sex appeal for everyone, but not in a naughty way – more along the lines of looking effortlessly sexy.

Gone are the days where Spring/Summer collections are all about vivid hues and flowing drapes while Fall/Winter looks circle around thick coats, fur and dusty tones. This is the age of genderless fashion, the search for personalisation and unique identities, as well as the rise of the millennials in the fashion world.

31-year-old American fashion designer Wes Gordon lit up the room with a youthful delight for Carolina Herrera — his debut collection since taking over the reigns as creative director early this year. His official debut saw a mixture of silhouettes and creative use of colour – appealing to a younger crowd while keeping longtime loyal customers intrigued.

Post-NYFW, the next season suggests one thing: there is no need to reinvent fashion trends every six months for novelty. Here are five trends from NYFW to seen for Spring/Summer 2019.


Oversized sweaters
Comfort is a big trend in 2018. Finding comfort through fashion means oversized and relaxed looks that allow the body to move freely without having much to think about. Coach paired oversized tops with recognisable cartoon characters like Dumbo, Bambi and the kitties from The Aristocats to recontextualise these American pop culture icons into relics for the future. 

Oscar de la Renta, Anna Sui, Prabal Gurung

Ikats, batiks and traditional motifs
Move away floral prints ethnic motifs are taking over. It’s been two years since Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia (both millennials) helmed the house of Oscar de la Renta; reinventing the brand from a ‘ladies who lunch’ label to a diverse clientele. In its SS19 collection, we see a profound use of tribal and traditional motifs like batik prints, ikats and sarongs. Nepalese designer, Prabal Gurung also put together some gorgeous tribal silhouettes as a tribute to traditional indigenous communities in his homeland.

Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Rodarte

Gen Z Yellow
They probably have gotten the next generational colour trend right with Gen-Z yellow. Mansur Gavriel, Escada, Carolina Herrera and Jeremy Scott proved that yellow is the ‘it’ colour with comprehensive looks that personify the royal hue. Previously seen as a colour that’s hard to match, yellow is now the main colour in an ensemble and used to complete the entire look. Here’s your chance to stand out in the crowd by filling up your wardrobe with a piece or two in this sunshine hue.

Proenza Schouler, R13, Jeremy Scott

Major 90s throwback
Stoned washed denim, baggy military pants and an elaborate theme of self-celebration – the 90s are back! Jeremy Scott dedicated his SS19 collection with a re-cycle of grunge plaids and club-kid neon, as well as the eyebrow-raising 3-D embroideries that read ‘Riot’, ‘Sex’, ‘Resist’ and ‘Peace’. In a different runway, Proenza Schouler presented a collection of acid-washed denims of the ‘90s and early ‘00s. Designers of the brand, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez manipulated denim creatively as they brought back wrap skirts, drop-waist dresses and denim button downs back to the runway. 

Oscar de la Renta, Sally Lapointe, Claudia Li

Lots of sex appeal, but not vulgar
The silhouettes in NYFW SS19 this round focus on very romantic and effortless looks. The trend suggests you loosen up and be comfortable in your own skin. But that doesn’t mean you need to show off that much skin to be sexy. We see a lot of semi-opaque fabrics in white and nude tones. Plunging necklines and revealing cut-outs are also prominent in Claudia Li, Oscar de la Renta and Dion Lee’s looks. Wrap dresses are also signalling a major comeback with its alluring charm.

Martin Teo
Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. He's now on a lookout for the elusive Philodendron Florida Beauty to add to his urban garden.
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