The Blonds really had more fun closing New York Fashion Week


The Blondes

The Blondes proved once again that yes, they always have more fun. This season’s New York Fashion Week ended with a scintillating affair hosted by the cutest fashion duo, David and Phillipe Blond.

Going back to their metaphorical roots, this collection paid tribute to the brand’s greatest moments in chain hardware. Never those who shunned excess, busty models sported “I Dream of Jeannie” style ponytails and walked the runway vigorously, as rapper Saucy Santana performed to loud applause. More remained more as the fringes swung and swung from structured bodysuits, catsuits, jackets and frocks that were intoxicated with Preciosa crystals and covered in a chain-themed print. A pale model ripped off his shirt and pretty nimble models offered a sneak peek at the new limited edition ready-to-wear line of t-shirts, hoodies and leggings with chain print. Sarah Scissors

Willy Chavarria

On the final night of New York Fashion Week, California-born menswear designer Willy Chavarria couldn’t help but feel elated: the audience at his fall 2022 presentation, staged at the stately and slightly drafty Marble Collegiate Church on 5th Avenue, sat down full of heavy hitters, from industry insiders like Thakoon and GQ EIC Will Welch to influential aesthetes like rapper G-Eazy. Plus, days earlier, Chavarria had won the 2022 National Design Award for Fashion Design from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Not bad.

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Chavarria, whose clothing draws as powerful inspiration from Chicano culture as Calvin Klein, prefers exaggerated silhouettes and high waists, as well as jackets that spring up and spring away from the wearer’s body, like a peacock unfolding its plumage. . Entitled ‘Please Rise’, the new collection throws the designer’s casual staples into a whole new, romantic dimension: huge blue and red rosettes adorn waistlines with sashes and shield crosses, while dramatic trains extend behind at least one key ensemble.

There’s an exciting 70s profusion of the peter pan collars that adorn Chavarria’s black cropped papal capes, and despite the retro glamour, the collection was very much a signature of Chavarria’s: the ultra-wide culottes, oversized T-shirts and cropped workwear were there. all. When the designer stepped out to wave to the audience, he got the loudest applause I’ve heard all week. Helen Holmes


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Why settle for ordinary when you can be extraordinary? Enter Jackson Wiederhoeft, Wiederhoeft’s theatrically fun and brutally glamorous designer whose Wednesday show brought together theatre, dance performance and fashion in a dazzling ballet at the Mulberry Street YMCA that ended with a standing ovation.

Amid the Dracula-themed gothic drama, models and dancers wore brightly colored corsets and dazzled dresses. Oversized hooded long opera coats came in a variety of textures, an exposed crinoline cage graced an angelic corset model, and puffy taffeta and tulle made their way into skirts and dresses. The collection and show were a much-needed reminder of the simple pleasure and beauty of dressing up. Sarah Scissors

A company

Pragmatic and functional, A–Company’s new collection of professional apparel released Wednesday skipped the unnecessary frills and over-the-top features. Instead of, Collection VIII returned to the true meaning of wear-to-work, but at the same time embraced a more relaxed fit that includes millennials and GenZers who are beginning to thrive in corporate environments.

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The brand sought to address the disappearance of ties and tights in the workplace, “two garments with the potential to hold things together that have traditionally been used in fashion to do the opposite,” according to the NYFW press release from A– Company. None of the iconic items, which were criticized for being too stiff and cumbersome, were incorporated into any of the pieces.

The looks brought business attire into a modern, non-gender era. The line focused on opacity and transparency. Soft tones, loose suit jackets, trench coats and chinos were evident in their professional purposes. But delicate textures, such as silk, prevented the aesthetic of being too hard or angular and facilitated versatility. Brooke Leigh Howard

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