Some say that the first sign of spring is when the flowers start to bloom and the sun begins to set later. For many fashion lovers, it is when New York Fashion Week kicks off. From here, the major fashion weeks all over the world then follow such as London, Paris, and Milan. Fashion week is a preview of upcoming trends where top designers showcase their collections to industry professionals and buyers. Designers work tirelessly to put on runway shows where front rows are filled with celebrities, top models, and other fashion industry insiders. In addition, it gives new designers an opportunity to put themselves in the forefront and get noticed. I had the opportunity to attend runway shows for two new designers looking to make their mark on the New York fashion scene.
The first show I attended was the fashion line labeled “Kréyol” created by designer Joëlle Fontaine. It was held in a gorgeous loft in Midtown New York where photographers lined the walls in anticipation of not just the collection, but also the well-dressed guests. As guests arrived, seats were filled as each of us waited to see what would appear once the lights were lowered. Then suddenly, the music began and the first model entered onto the catwalk. She wore a white lace A-line bouffant sleeved dress with her hair teased wildly and wore dark contrasting goggles. The second model appeared in a blue polka dot peplum blouse and printed panel pencil skirt. The remaining eight pieces were filled with drama and flair that was inspired by the designer’s heritage from Haiti. The collection, Karabela was inspired by the traditional dress worn in folk dance and traditional ceremonies but was transformed into young, feminine, and flirty pieces. This show was amazing and theatrical. The clothes, hair, and makeup all came together to emphasize how captivating her style is. From the denim drop waist dress to the printed empire waist mini dress, each piece commanded your attention without taking away from the other. I found Joëlle Fontaine’s bold designs breathtaking.
I was fortunate enough to attend a second show at the same location the next night. Eva Michelle Designs, founded by Kelly Coe, contained ten pieces in her collections titled “Dark Roses”. Her collection was a story line showcasing true love and heartbreak. The excitement builds as we wait to see how this will be translated into clothing. The first two models strutted down the runway in lovely fitted lace dresses and then you see the transition of the story take place as the next few models wear flowing burgundy blouses and peacoats with structured knit pants and pencil skirts. The designer joins her models for one last walk down the runway before the show ends, walking with the model wearing her finale piece, a black and gold beaded mermaid gown. Kelly Coe created flowing and fitted silhouettes that created a romantic composition. Her pieces were simple yet stunning and could fit into every woman’s wardrobe.
Attending shows for New York Fashion Week was a world wind experience and I enjoyed every minute of it. Not only did I have the chance to see a fresh take on style, I was able to showcase my personal style for each show. This is also a time to meet great people who share my passion for style. Most of all, these fashion shows are inspiring to me as I watch the creativity and style of each individual manifested into not just clothing but artwork. This is definitely the beginning of spring!