It seems as though everyone attended this year’s frenzied New York Fashion Week, whether witnessing the runway in person or watching it unfold on TikTok. With London Fashion Week already beginning, this year’s fashion season is flying by. From Fendi and Marc Jacobs’ Baguette collaboration to Kim Shui’s Ready-to-Wear collections, here’s The Daily Californian’s recap of this year’s hits at New York Fashion Week from Sept. 9 to 14.
Love Shack Fancy’s First Fashion Week
Some of the best fashion moments took place off the runway in New York, and we’re not only talking about the street style. This was Love Shack Fancy’s first ever event at New York Fashion Week, chalked full with the brand’s pink, Hamptons chic spirit. Tulle, florals and sparkles took over a fenced off garden to showcase the brand’s leap onto a higher plane in the fashion world, looking beyond their signature, expensive, Victorian-style dresses. The event beamed with the joy of a wholesome tea party to commemorate the brand’s success and its supporters. Everyone from influencers to friends to city locals were invited to attend. This quote from a local private school student captured by Emilia Petrarca’s The Cut sums it up: “We love the aesthetic; it’s kind of coquette.”
Marc Jacobs x Fendi
The Marc Jacobs and Fendi collaboration show, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Baguette bag, was a hit. Not only was it a collaboration between Fendi’s resort wear collection and Marc Jacobs, but Tiffany & Co. and Sarah Jessica Parker were also within the mix. Parker, in paying homage to her iconic character Carrie Bradshaw and her love for the accessory in the show, helped design a bag for the anniversary. The show dramatically opened with the dropping of a large curtain to reveal a mirrored backdrop, and out came the mini Fendi Baguette bags in the form of gloves, leg warmer accessories, necklaces and everything in between. Bella Hadid’s Tiffany Blue jumpsuit with a deep cut bodice and matching accessories stole the show, among other stellar looks. As a whole, the show felt like a big group hug to celebrate fashion’s biggest stars, influences and creations alongside stunning pieces and adorable mini bags.
Kim Shui’s Spring 2023 Ready-to-Wear
Everyone from influencers to fashionistas alike have worn Kim Shui’s stunning butterfly dress. In lieu of the event, Shui hosted a national casting call, opening up her vision to a plethora of creatives, designers and models. The designer wanted to lower the barrier to the fashion industry by allowing industry newbies in on her 2023 Ready-to-Wear collection. Beyond this lovely sentiment, the looks played off of Shui’s past style with influences of sheer fabrics, scandalous cut-outs (a theme this season) and enchanting dresses.
Set at the Church of Ascension, designer Marcelo Gaia came with the intention to tell a personal story, and did so beautifully showing off his brand, Mirror Palais. Styled with mini skirts and corset tops, the baroque-influenced looks played up religious iconography with modest headpieces. Gaia illustrated Mirror Palais’ most impeccable pieces, illuminating the brand’s playful take on flirty dresses and hemlines, styled with secondhand mules and pumps courtesy of The Millennial Decorator. The diverse array of models was the cherry on top to make the show a total success.
Susan Alexandra’s Comedy Show
Designer Susan Alexandra took to New York’s Comedy Cellar to showcase her Spring 2023 designs. Alexandra, known for her quirky and colorful ensembles, dressed comedians such as Chloe Fineman and Sarah Sherman to deliver a stand-up show for the Cellar’s attendees. Alexandra wore a gathered canary yellow dress styled with her signature beaded bags and accessories. In a time where fashion can seem banal when faced alongside the world’s more pressing, prevalent problems, the designer’s lighthearted approach was keenly appreciated.
If New York Fashion Week provided anything beyond flaunting its stylish attendees and pristine runway shows, it’s that fashion brings us together, perhaps more than we previously assumed. From Love Shack Fancy’s local garden party to Kim Shui’s group effort, fashion week assumed an important collaborative stance past its flaws.