Finding My Chic at Fashion Week

“Chic is Where You Find It” – Bonnie Cashin, iconic American designer, 1960s and 70s.  At this time of year I try to find my chic at fashion weeks around the globe – starting in New York.  It can be overwhelming to keep up with the daily round up of fashions, good or bad. I’ve never been to Fashion Week in New York, or any other city, and probably never will. However, it’s a twice yearly ritual for me to review the new season and see what I can knock off for myself.  Now, though, I’ve begun to feel overwhelmed just trying to keep up with the collections online; is it just me, or are there more design houses than there used to be. I suffer from FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out; why do I do that? It’s not like I’m part of the frenzied fashion media. So this time, I took it slow and easy and checked out a few designers’ presentations for Spring 2019, and stopped right there.  Wanna see what caught my eye, the beautiful and the ugly (although who am I to judge other people’s work.)

At NYFW Spring 2019:

Oscar de la Renta:  Since Oscar is no longer with us, the design house has Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia as the creative directors. Bravo, Laura and Fernando!  One look at this long tunic and loose pants and I’m still hyperventilating (in a good way). The tunic seems an iteration of the traditional Pakistani kurta; except the fronts are overlapped – and I have a similar overlapped kurta hanging in my closet right now. Time to make another one.  I’ve found my chic for 2019. (Just noticed the single earring.)

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Supposed to be Moroccan inspired.  Image from Vogue Runway.  Photo: Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv

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Gypsy Sport:  Three letters: WTH? The designer has salvaged denim waistbands, which is a good thing, but…… By being 99% sustainable, and adding expertly painted images to the old denim, and using grandma’s crotcheted doilies, are these designs redeemed from the ridiculous?  Are these runway-only pieces for a statement making presentation?  To be fair, I suggest you go and look at other pieces in this collection, and read the fashion editor’s review.

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More stuff from Fashion Week, Spring 2019

To keep the words to a minimum, I am adding images below with just the name of the designer and photo credit.  You be the judge. By the way, all images are from Vogue Runway, and I encourage you to go there and — find your chic.

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Somebody, please make this appliqued gown!   Oscar de la Renta, Spring 2019.  Image from Vogue Runway.  Photo: Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv
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The most appropriate bag ever!  Vogue Runway.  Photo: Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv

 

I don’t know about you, but the two looks below read Fall rather than Spring. They are beautiful and refreshing but in an autumnal way. What do you think?

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Looks like a Fall item to me, with interesting outside serged seams. Pringle of Scotland. Vogue Runway.  
Photo: Courtesy of Pringle of Scotland
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Burberry:  The signature Burberry plaid woven as a tweed! It also reminds me of designer of the 60s, Bonnie Cashin, whose words I stole at the beginning of this post.   This is not a Spring look, though. At least not in Texas.  Vogue Runway. Photo: Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv

I highly recommend the website VogueRunway.com to catch up on more Fashion Week. The Milan Fashion Week started today; okay, see you on the other side of that rabbit hole – I’m off to find my chic.

Happy Sewing Month! Go knock off something.

Samina

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Finding My Chic at Fashion Week

    1. I am planning to join Designin’ December, Linda. I’m just afraid of not being able to make my project in a timely fashion, and that is why I shy away from sew-alongs and challenges. But, I think I will join in this time. Thanks!

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  1. Can’t think spring with autumn waiting right around the corner. I need to turn the clock back to this last spring when the runway was showing Fall 18 collections.

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  2. Lots of pretty and wearable clothes in the Oscar de la Renta collection. I can safely say Gypsy Sport is not my style, but I do like the denim and tulle dress. I wonder to what extent these collections influence sewing patterns that will be released.

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