“Chic is Where You Find It” – Bonnie Cashin, iconic American designer, 1960s and 70s. At this time of year I try to find my chic at fashion weeks around the globe – starting in New York. It can be overwhelming to keep up with the daily round up of fashions, good or bad. I’ve never been to Fashion Week in New York, or any other city, and probably never will. However, it’s a twice yearly ritual for me to review the new season and see what I can knock off for myself. Now, though, I’ve begun to feel overwhelmed just trying to keep up with the collections online; is it just me, or are there more design houses than there used to be. I suffer from FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out; why do I do that? It’s not like I’m part of the frenzied fashion media. So this time, I took it slow and easy and checked out a few designers’ presentations for Spring 2019, and stopped right there. Wanna see what caught my eye, the beautiful and the ugly (although who am I to judge other people’s work.)
At NYFW Spring 2019:
Oscar de la Renta: Since Oscar is no longer with us, the design house has Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia as the creative directors. Bravo, Laura and Fernando! One look at this long tunic and loose pants and I’m still hyperventilating (in a good way). The tunic seems an iteration of the traditional Pakistani kurta; except the fronts are overlapped – and I have a similar overlapped kurta hanging in my closet right now. Time to make another one. I’ve found my chic for 2019. (Just noticed the single earring.)
Gypsy Sport: Three letters: WTH? The designer has salvaged denim waistbands, which is a good thing, but…… By being 99% sustainable, and adding expertly painted images to the old denim, and using grandma’s crotcheted doilies, are these designs redeemed from the ridiculous? Are these runway-only pieces for a statement making presentation? To be fair, I suggest you go and look at other pieces in this collection, and read the fashion editor’s review.
More stuff from Fashion Week, Spring 2019
To keep the words to a minimum, I am adding images below with just the name of the designer and photo credit. You be the judge. By the way, all images are from Vogue Runway, and I encourage you to go there and — find your chic.
I don’t know about you, but the two looks below read Fall rather than Spring. They are beautiful and refreshing but in an autumnal way. What do you think?
I highly recommend the website VogueRunway.com to catch up on more Fashion Week. The Milan Fashion Week started today; okay, see you on the other side of that rabbit hole – I’m off to find my chic.
Happy Sewing Month! Go knock off something.