Best shows from NYFW FW18: Tibi, Victoria Beckham and Prabal Gurung
New York Fashion Week: Day 4
TIBI: CITY SHAPES
The collection: Fashion and architecture often go hand in hand, with the latter inspiring Tibi designer Amy Smilovic's latest work. The traces of sharp cuts and structured designs of buildings are found on her the clothes — both in relaxed suiting (looks 16 and 21) and oversized turtlenecks thrown over a tight pencil skirts (looks 6 and 15). In this way, modernity and innovation transferred onto every outfit Smilovic sent out, with the new colour-blocking plays — for example, a orange coat thrown over a loose pink dress (look 35) — practically guaranteeing her seasons of dedicated fashion followers.
Buro loves: Black leather slouch pants worn with an oversized cardigan and a bright purple scarf (look 20), essentially reviving the tired "pop of colour" trend.
Upon closer inspection: Smilovic makes a play for construction chic — one of the models wore a blue-and-white silk dress in a print of bright blue pulleys (look 25).
VICTORIA BECKHAM: PRETTY DAMN POSH
The collection: It's no secret that designer Victoria Beckham likes clothes that make practical sense. This time, her modus operandi took the form of dark colors, layers and minimalist silhouettes. With pieces like the structured pantsuit (looks 4 and 6) and fitted stirrup trouser (looks 2, 3 and 14), Beckham turned to her English roots and its idyllic countryside to create a collection that felt less like an homage but a subtle nod to her lineage. But even so, the runway was not without its daring pieces. See: The elegant belted chenille jacquard coat in leopard print (look 16), one of the former-Spice-Girl-turned-designer's favorite looks.
Special note: Before the show, Beckham posted a picture of herself with an oversized lilac felt bag (look 5) on Instagram. Must have.
Something you might have missed: Beckham gave an emotional hug to husband David and their children, who came to cheer her on from the front row.
PRABAL GURUNG: MOVING FORWARD
The collection: Fashion can only be as good as the women behind the scenes — this was the thought guiding designer Prabal Gurung during the production of his fall/winter 2018 collection. Gurung, who was born in Singapore and then raised by a single mother in Nepal, based each piece on women in often-overlooked parts of the world. Mesmerizing are the red and purple dresses reminiscent of China's Mosuo tribe trailing to the floor (looks 25, 26 and 28), the woolen and cashmere turtlenecks of the women of Nepal (looks 2, 3 and 4) and the sari-style shimmering gowns (looks 38, 39 and 40) of northern India.
Special note: Before the show, Gurung revealed that he had been planning to put out a collection inspired by women across cultures for years but was finally pushed to do it in the wake of the #MeToo scandal.
Upon closer inspection: Model sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid opened and closed Gurung's show, respectively.
All coverage from New York Fashion Week fall/winter 2018.