backstage buzz | new york fashion week aw19

It’s New York Fashion Week time again, which means kicking off the new year by seeing the latest and greatest of what New York has to offer. Schön! went behind-the-scenes with photographer Nick Merzetti to catch a glimpse of the backstage buzz. Here’s what we saw.

Laurence and Chico showcased their signature over-the-top flair in their Autumn/Winter 2019 collection. Inspired by the duo’s recent holiday to Thailand, big hair and bold colours filled the runway for a collection that was as innovative as it was playful. The duo utilised and reinterpreted elements of Thai culture and cuisine, forming stripes, floral designs and more into silhouettes connected to traditional Thai daywear. Paired with these looks were flashes of pronounced makeup and hair. With a trademark sense of humour, Laurence and Chico’s show mixed tradition with an added sense of whimsy.

Striking yet simple, 
Dirty Pineapple’s showing at New York Fashion Week offered basics infused with a forward-thinking sensibility and, of course, the brand’s trademark yellow. A series of loose-fitting and highly adaptable pieces made for a memorable collection. Primarily genderless in form, Dirty Pineapple mixed classic pieces with interesting colour and fabrics, including patterned scarves and silk blazers.

For French-Japanese designer Sylvie Millstein, her newfound New York home made its influence known at New York Fashion Week’s Hellessy show. Her collection made use of the bold reds that are becoming increasingly present on runways, with a standout red-hooded gown paired with sequin pants worn by 68-year old model Pat Cleveland. Other pieces featured red, white and blue stars and stripes. These colours were not the focus of every selection; the show highlighted bursts of neon, presenting the hues on wide-brim hats and recognisably ‘80s silhouettes.

Just hours after teasing his newest Nike x LeBron Icon colourway on Instagram, John Elliott debuted a construction-focused collection rife with ideas of home and nostalgia. Partnering with construction company Caterpillar, a firm with deep ties to American manufacturing, John Elliott’s show featured beanies, work gloves, and vests as welcome on the runway as they would be on the job site. Pieces were not limited to workwear; casual hoodies and outerwear, along with selections from Elliott’s new women’s collection headed by Cara Campagnoli, made for an eclectic and interesting display.

Find out more information about New York Fashion Week here.

photography. Nick Merzetti
words. Braden Bjella


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