With New York Fashion Week starting today and London, Milan and Paris on the horizon, Backstage Tales takes a look at what to expect from the upcoming fashion weeks.
New York’s Fashion Week kicks off Fashion Month between 6th – 14th September, displaying all the latest S/S19 collections. Whilst some designers (Alexander Wang and Rosie Assoulin) have decided to show their collections in June and others (Public School and Helmut Lang) concluding to not show at all, there is still heaps to look forward to with debuts, returns and celebrations for some iconic, longstanding designers. So, let’s see what is in store…
Wardrobe overhaul for the Blue Man Group… (September 9th)
Yep, this sounds crazy and certainly isn’t something you’re going to experience at NYFW every year, but firstly, let me explain who the Blue Man Group are. They are a performance troupe, all bald-headed and well, all blue. They have been entertaining the world over for over thirty years, but despite the money and fame, their costumes have never changed. So, what better time than NYFW, and who better than Project Runway star Helen Costello to give the Blue Man Group the long-awaited makeover we are all dying to see.
Costello has created a unisex jumpsuit which completely opposes her usual hyper-feminine aesthetic, as the garment has a 90’s vibe with blue trim detailing. The designer has revealed the precise moment in the BMG’s history that inspired her to create this piece. The group chose an audience member and put them in a blue jumpsuit. They then hung the person upside down, covered them in the paint and swung them against a blank canvas to create a piece of art. As bizarre as it sounds, it evidentially stimulated Costello:
‘It inspired me to harmonize this performance with something that would represent the Blue Man Group, but also be on trend and in fashion right now.’
We are so intrigued to see the BMG transformation.
Rihanna Savage X Fenty Lingerie (September 12th)
Most NY collections are shown in the chic district of Manhattan, but always one to stand out from the crowd, Rihanna will showcase her collaboration with Savage X in Brooklyn. The Bajan beauty is strategically incorporating the “See Now Buy Now” model into her presentation, making the garments available for immediate purchase on savagex.com straight after the upcoming fashion weeks. Rihanna’s previous appearances on the NYFW bill were for her Fenty X Puma collections. Her 2017 debut featured BMX riders and pink sand dunes, so fashion fingers crossed that the Savage X showing is just as eccentric.
Happy Anniversary Ralph
This year marks Ralph Lauren’s 50th Anniversary, which is the perfect excuse for a party. Whilst exclusive details have not been announced yet, the 40th Anniversary had a black tie garden party with 400 guests, including the likes of Robert De Niro. We are predicting an even more grand and glamorous affair this NYFW.
Escada’s Debut (September 7th)
Despite being hugely popular during the 80s and 90s, cult brand Escada has never had a runway show. But this is all about to change as the Munich based brand founded by Margaretha Ley will celebrate their 40th Anniversary at NYFW. Niall Sloane was recently appointed as Escada’s Global Style director in August 2017. Previously working for the likes of Hunter and Burberry, Sloane is delving into the iconic Escada archives, experimenting with colour, print and the brand’s logo to put his stamp on these upcoming fashion weeks, and we can’t wait to see the results.
Niall Sloane Now Showing: ‘The Everything’
In a diversion from the typical runway show, powerhouse duo Carol Lim and Humberto Leon (co-creative directors of Kenzo and founders of Opening Ceremony) will showcase their short film entitled “The Everything” during these upcoming fashion weeks. Described as ‘a light-hearted drama about a group of teenagers with unusual powers that brings them together,’ the film includes pieces from the Kenzo Memento No.3 line and their Autumn/Winter 2018 collection.
Drag Queen is Opening Ceremony’s Newest Model Recruit
Opening Ceremony’s runway show ‘Glitz of Showz’ will be a celebration of the art of drag, featuring Ru Paul’s Drag Race winner Sasha Velour (pictured).
Back home for Mrs Beckham (16th September)
As the brand commemorates its 10th anniversary, Victoria Beckham’s eponymous label will be showing in London rather than New York during these upcoming fashion weeks. The show will be at the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac which is situated next to the flagship store on Dover Street, and after the show is over, clients may visit the store and immediately “Shop the Show”.
The party does not stop there: later in the evening of 16th September will be a star-studded VB party in partnership with British Vogue, and the sister line Victoria by Victoria Beckham will be presented, by appointment, on 18th September.
Riccardo Tisci’s Burberry Debut (17th September)
After being appointed Chief Creative Officer in March 2018, S/S19 marks Riccardo Tisci’s Burberry debut. Tisci shared photographs on Instagram of the ‘B Classic Collection’, which features iconic Burberry pieces such as the trench coat, giving us hints as to what is in store for this season. Speaking of the edit, Tisci commented: ‘I wanted to celebrate the heritage and legacy that I discovered when I first arrived at Burberry.’ However, it also seems that Tisci is not afraid of change, as he has already created a new monogram and logo for the brand which has remained unchanged for twenty years. Could this suggest another surprise on the runway? Let’s wait and see…
Hedi Slimane debuts at Celine
When it was announced that Hedi Slimane was taking over from Phoebe Philo at Celine, everybody anticipated that the French designer was going to bring a very different identity to the brand. And in the past few days Slimane, renowned for breathing new life into Saint Laurent, has teased us with what this new aesthetic may be.
The latest campaign for the upcoming fashion weeks has been unveiled as posters featuring a model with a black sequinned jacket are spontaneously appearing across New York City. More clues come in the form of the one and only Lady Gaga. Being the first to wear Slimane’s designs for Saint Laurent back in 2012, the multi-talented music star recently sported Slimane’s first Celine design of a classic black tote bag on her Instagram. Then, a new logo was revealed on Celine’s Instagram and the caption read, “the accent on the ‘e’ has been removed to enable a simplified and more balanced proportion, evoking the Celine collections of the 1960s where the accent wasn’t used often.” As the show draws closer and closer, the excitement keeps on rising.
The upcoming fashion weeks are certainly going to be very exciting, but what are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below.
Text: Chaz Pond
Images: The Blue Men Group, Ralph Lauren, Stéphane Feugere, Paul Morigi, Charles Duprat