Last week, fashion’s finest took over the Big Apple to participate in the city’s eight-day long sartorial parade, aka New York Fashion Week. Accompanying the roster of established designers were a number of newcomers, all vying to catch the attention of the global audience in attendance.
BARRAGÁN, the New York-based label offered a striking range of rave-tinged unisex garments that experimented with symmetry and shapes.
Throwback ’90s/early ’00s tribal graphics were emblazoned on sheer tops, satin trousers and tanks, ultra low-rise denim jeans were wide and baggy and skirts were slashed and cut super short. Though some pieces are clearly meant for the more avant-minded fashionista, there’s certainly a modest dose of versatility for all you graphic-loving streetwear heads out there.
Founded as a defiant response to fashion’s lack of diversity, Vaquera is a young label standing against the boundaries of contemporary clothing. Steering far away from mainstream beauty norms, Vaquera’s radical design approach aims to introduce a new thought-provoking aesthetic to the world.
For its Spring/Summer 2018 collection, the New York-based label employed exaggerated silhouettes, dizzying patterns, bold graphics and unorthodox tailoring.
Steering away from a traditional runway show, Gianni Mora’s HELDER VICES put on an intimate showcase – soundtracked by star Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane, no less – for its sophomore clothing collection.
Titled “Ladies & Gentleman, Natural Perversions,” the project serves as HELDER VICES’s latest assertion of being more than just a clothing label – but rather functioning as a design firm that releases season-less garments alongside a wide range of other creative endeavors. Key pieces from the collection include a printed denim jacket, floral shirt and tearaway dress-style pants.
Matthew Adams Dolan
Making his catwalk debut at this season’s New York Fashion Week, buzzy downtown designer Matthew Adams Dolan wowed the crowd with his reworking of classic business casual wear. Drawing inspiration from the “simplicity” of classic American style, the collection’s exaggerated cuts, dismantled tailoring, neutral color palette and playful design touches resulted in a coherent collection that felt fresh and very on trend.
2015 CFDA award finalist Baja East churned out a bevy of collaborations for its Spring/Summer 2018 collection, tapping the likes of Hudson (denim), Melissa (footwear), and Haze (eyewear and swimwear). Despite being founded in 2013, the fledgling label recently showed a noticeable maturity in design with its wide assortment of garment offerings.