New York Fashion Week came to a close with Rihanna’s outre Brooklyn party, which unveiled her new Savage x Fenty lingerie line – claiming an honour traditionally the preserve of crème de la crème designer Marc Jacobs.
As the spring-summer 2019 season flits to Europe, with style shows in London, Milan and Paris, here is a quick round-up of the top 10 takeaways from the Big Apple.
Happiness is the truth
Dark times be damned was the vibe this season.
Why suffer in unease about the Trump presidency, global warming or threat to Western liberalism when you can put on a yellow dress?
There were bright colours galore. Yellows, mustards and chartreuse were on display at Carolina Herrera and Kate Spade.
Michael Kors dubbed his show “Sunny Side Up”.
Matthew Adams Dolan sported fluorescent yellow.
“Especially today, when things are heavy and dark and difficult and we don’t know the way through, it’s good to deal with that with a light touch,” said Niall Sloan, the creative director at Escada.
Happy Birthday, Ralph
It was the season of anniversaries. Ralph Lauren marked half a century in the business, by inviting leading celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Kanye West to a black-tie event in Central Park.
France’s Longchamp turned 70, hosting celebrities at the World Trade Center, while Germany’s Escada also flew Stateside to celebrate 40.
Black is beautiful
Models of colour were centre stage like never before.
Pyer Moss went for an all-black line-up. Hugo Boss, Kate Spade and Tory Burch had diverse casting. Older women also strutted their stuff at Sies Marjan and Maria Cornejo.
Friends and relatives of the designers walked at Vaquera.
Women of all shapes and colours frolicked for Rihanna.
Rihanna’s ‘in the navy’
Brooklyn, New York’s most populous borough, so big that if it was independent it would be the fourth largest city in the United States, has been the den of hipsters and international cool for years.
This season it hosted Rihanna’s underwear collection show held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Pyer Moss took the glitterati to a heritage centre to honour a collection that embodied black power and Eckhaus Latta took over an industrial space.
Call goes out to ‘vote’
New York’s Democratic primaries were held on Thursday and a few of the more politically minded urged their guests to head to the ballot box.
Red-carpet favourite Christian Siriano endorsed Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon, who failed in her attempt to unseat Governor Andrew Cuomo and claim the Democratic nomination in the New York election for governor, while Maria Cornejo also exhorted guests to “use your voice and vote”.
Working women power-up
Keep it powerful, keep it comfortable and keep it straightforward
Those are the mantras for clothes for women juggling careers, families and everything else life flings at you.
Escada reimagined the 1980s’ power suit, making it softer and more modern.
There were shades of the same at Marc Jacobs.
Tom Ford went back to the pencil skirt.
Kate Spade opted for comfort with platforms and dresses that go seamlessly from day to night.
Rival rappers row
Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, two of America’s most prominent rap and hip-hop artists, nearly came to blows – separated only by their security guards – after Cardi B swore at her rival and threw a shoe at her.
Cardi B was later photographed with a large bump just above her left eye, after complaining that Minaj had criticised her qualities as a mother.
Kaia Gerber has ‘arrived’
New York Fashion Week was the occasion when Kaia Gerber, the 17-year-old daughter of former supermodel Cindy Crawford and model husband Rande officially “arrived”.
She was everywhere, walking on the catwalk for Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Longchamp and Proenza Schouler.
Tassels and fringes
Tassels and fringes were everywhere from Coach to Michael Kors to Longchamp, adorning sleeves, bags, skirts and shorts.
Up and coming
Critics love to complain that New York is not daring enough, that Europe is more creative, but there was a smattering of new talent.
Sies Marjan has been going from strength-to-strength since being launched in New York by Dutch designer Sander Lak in 2016.
Independent brand Vaquera has won plaudits for its originality.
Kerby Jean-Raymond is putting Pyer Moss on the map and Wes Gordon injected modernity into his hit debut collection for Carolina Herrera, a staple with the Park Avenue set.