New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018: A Most Welcomed Fashion Storm

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 14 - 2018


Michael Kors, Sachin & Babi, Coach 1941, Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs. Photos: Imaxtree

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

As Hurricane Irma raged through and ransacked South Florida, grounding several fashion editors, Fashion Week swept through New York City with a storm of shows and presentations that had insiders and influencers traveling from Bedford to Bushwick and beyond. From September 7-13th 2017, designers showcased on the street and in gardens and garages this year with packed shows that proved that Fashion Week in New York remains as relevant as its counterparts abroad. 

The Shows

Tom Ford kicked off NYFW with his show at the New York Armory. The invitation to the show was accompanied by a bottle of his new fragrance, Fucking Fabulous, a preview to a remarkable evening.  Needless to say, the event lived up to the name of the cologne, showcasing a collection big on glamour and sexy silhouettes.  Celebrities gracing the front row included: Kim Kardashian, Julianne Moore, Ciara, Chaka Khan, and more.


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Fortunate invitees to Ralph Lauren‘s Spring 2018 show traveled nearly an hour from the heart of Manhattan to the designer’s private garage in Bedford. The show was set amid Lauren’s extensive luxury car collection.

Lauren’s signature mixed tweeds, checkers and plaids were mixed with eclectic looks such as a bustier over pants and loose-fitting jacket with pants for women and a motorcycle jacket with shirt and tie and a double-breasted coat over lumberjack plaid sweater for men. A puffer jacket over a shiny mini-dress and a stylish tuxedo rounded-out the show.

Tory Burch presented her spring show in the  garden of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, way Uptown in Carnegie Hill. Interior designer, David Hicks inspired her collection, comprised of geometric motifs for dresses and tunics, simple shapes; T-shirts, caftans and variations on the wrap-dress, all of which were printed.

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Aisha Mcshaw launched her eponymous collection with 46 looks inspired by Old Hollywood glamour at the Prince George Ballroom – Ladies Tea Room. Flowing gowns, elegant pant-suits and frilly dresses as well as metallic, sequined jackets, slip dresses, statement sleeves and belted lace in solid colors composed much of the collection. Notables in attendance included: Al Sharpton, Kevin Liles, Jason Binn, Tonya Lewis Lee (Wife of Spike Lee), Phil Griffin, Angelique Miles, and Nina Cooper.

Marc Jacobs closed out New York Fashion Week with a stunning show at the Park Avenue Armory filled with colors, prints, and bright turbans to compliment each look. “More is more” seemed to be the theme of Jacobs’ vacation-inspired collection which was presented in total silence.  A jolt went through the audience courtesy of the loud opera music which accompanied the final procession breaking the silence in the expansive space. Photo: Yannis Vlamos /



Trends for spring include: defined, puffy shoulders, gigot sleeves, candy stripes, knots and twisted elements. Slouchy dresses, jackets and blouses embrace the overall “comfort” motif. Yellow is evidently THE color for spring and lilac appears to be the new pink as evidenced by its prevalence in numerous shows. Flirty, flowing dresses in chiffon and soft silk with sexy elements such as low-cut necklines, leg slits, corseted waists, and skin-baring cut outs also prevailed as did soft, romantic florals, and tops and dresses with one shoulder askew. Also in style are slouchy utility suits, and separates doubling as such- in earth tones: army green, camo, beige, and dark denim and track pants. 


Art Hearts Fashion

Celebrating the art of fashion for a great cause, Art Hearts Fashion presented an array of talent from around the world in tandem with NYFW. More than 40 international designers took over Manhattan’s lower east side to showcase their collections on the stage the Angel Orensanz Foundation to raise awareness for organizations including: Aids Healthcare Foundation, Project Cancerland, Make A Wish Foundation, Wednesday’s Child, Children’s Hospital LA, & Women’s Cancer Research Foundation. Several celebrites participated in the event-filled weekend, such as: Akon, Nick Cannon, Jeannie Mai, Farrah Abraham, Madeline Stuart, Shaholly Ayers, Deontay Wilder, Marla Solis, Christine Devine, Roxy Earle, Bianca Bonnie, Asian Doll, Carmen Carrera, Kelly Le Brock, Sky Landish, Aaliyah Rose, Halima Aden, Ashlee Keating, Christina Mendez, Tobias Truvillion, and Kemetria Lily.


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