Day 5 shows consisted of Sandy Liang, Hogan McLaughlin and Chocheng. Sandy Liang’s debut show was full of neons mixed with neutrals, tulle and playful prints. Hogan McLaughlin’s collection as chic and feminine. With structured and mixed media garments, touches of leather and tailored silhouettes. Chocheng’s 1960’s movies inspired collection featured breezy monochrome and candy-striped looks with a mix of soft tailoring, shift dresses, crop jackets and minis. Day 6 I was able to see my first outside show. Cynthia Riley took over an alley with her Dr. Seuss themed runway. The show was full of child-like prints, color blocking, and flowy garments. The runway definitely put you in the mind of the places you’ll go with the resort wear silhouettes. Following up with the Bibhu Mohapatra show where I also was able to meet the designer, Bibhu Mohapatra, and have a quick chat with one of my favorite R&B singers Deborah Cox. Bibhu was also the mentor for the fashion student who participated in the Supima Design Competition. The show was full of elegant evening wear. Kim Shui’s collection used traditional Chinese style fabrics to create sexy, revealing and party-like garments. Liu Yong x Rishikensh ended my day with their street and punk style collections featuring bright colors, metallics, and graphic prints. Day 7, the last and final day, I was of course super tired and ready to call it a week but I had one last show to cover, Ryan Roche. The collection, opening with the designer’s daughter, Luella Roche and two best friends, Storey Littleton and Celia Babini singing a cover of the song Distance by Emily King. The collection was full of ready-to-wear cashmere knits and classic silhouettes. Although still feminine and full of romance, there was definitely a hint of menswear influence featured in the collection. From the oversized pants and puffy shoulder blazers to the tailored knee-length shorts. The collection was full of monochromatic looks from muted neutrals to soft blues and then finishing off with a vibrant cherry red. New York fashion week is always a great time from the shows, talks, mixing and mingling, after parties, street style photo-ops and just pure fashion. I’m always in awe of the new, fresh and innovative fashion that I get to see in addition to being in the same room as some of the people I grew up aspiring to be. It’s such a blessing, to say the least to be a part of such an exclusive, although now much more inclusive, group of people that inspire, empower and create a new tomorrow. FLAME MAGAZINE | 35
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