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Nike Women ushered in a new era of liberation and self-love with its dynamic Holiday 2023 collection. Held in a picturesque brownstone in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon, the famed American athletic brand offered a game-changing collaboration with Brooklyn-based stylist Becky Akinyode, layering vintage gems to style the Nike pieces. In an avante-garde blending of high-style sportswear and romantic design aesthetics, statement Wind Puffers and velvety Phoenix Fleece garments were paired with lace, tulle, and metallic skirts. Dynamic footwear, such as the V2K Run and Air Max 1, infused every visionary look with a newfound freedom of expression. In an inspired partnership with To Many More, a Brooklyn-based community collective founded by Devine Blacksher and Kalysse Anthony, an energetic block party unfolded; choreography by Luam, with powerful performances by Afro dancer The Jay Wayyyy, Double Dutch aficionados the Jazzy Jumpers, and the Brooklyn Marching Band and Majorettes celebrated a true evolution in women’s fashion. Additionally, this season, the brand offered its support and sponsorship to up-and-coming BIPOC womenswear designers: Elena Velez, Sami Miro Vintage, Kim Shui, Luar, and Head of State.
After designing otherworldly costumes for the New York City Ballet Fall Gala in 2015, the visionary Hanako Maeda, Founder and Creative Director of ADEAM, was deeply inspired by ballet’s seamless juxtaposition of robust athleticism and divine elegance. In turn, this year’s Spring/Summer 2024 runway show infused the riveting, performative dance into each and every look of the house’s latest collection. Power and fragility found stunning companionship in expertly tailored stretch suiting, sensual lace, and billowing tulle. Daywear and eveningwear were approached with fluidity and often made interchangeable with the holistic layering of diaphanous fabrics, angel hair cotton, and organza. The emotional force of the historic art form was embodied in soaring ruffles, corset shapes, and lace-up moments across sweaters, pants, and skirts. Opulent shades of cream, green, black, and white were set off with edgy pearl and silver nail rings and ear cuffs, while arm and leg warmers of translucent yarn lent the splendor of ballet warm-up essentials to the everyday prima ballerina. In a momentous close, ADEAM unveiled another marvelous partnership with the distinguished Ballet, as principal dancer Tiler Peck both choreographed and performed an awe-inspiring dance alongside the music of Philip Glass.
A peek into the dazzling alliance between French luxury fashion house LANVIN and American rapper Future was unveiled Sunday evening at the maison’s reinvigorated flagship boutique on Madison Avenue. The Grammy-winning artist was recently selected as the inaugural artistic director of LANVIN Lab — a pioneering platform which follows in the footsteps of its spirited founder Jeanne Lanvin and invites cutting-edge visionaries to introduce fresh perspectives into the illustrious brand. Within the chic space, Future welcomed esteemed friends and colleagues of the global creative community to embark on a journey where timeless elegance meets contemporary finesse. In an intimate introduction of the much-anticipated winter release of both men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, sophisticated suiting in lavish hues of teal, khaki, and heathered gray was displayed alongside dapper button-down shirts featuring either thin or generous striping. On surrounding shelving, the beloved Pencil Cat handbag in radiant shades of gold, orange, and ivory charged the latest collection with the house’s charming and storied mythology.
Gabriela Hearst’s Spring/Summer 2024 collection debut was an engaging exploration of our physical and spiritual worlds, created in close collaboration with modern masters of art, design, and music. New York-based set and costume designer Arnulfo Maldonado echoed Hearst’s conjuring of the Druids — the revered priestly class of ancient Celtic cultures — for an angelic runway which was suspended within the Agger Fish Building of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A partnership with prominent Haitian artist Levoy Exil culminated in the mystical patchwork of macrame fabrics handmade by Bolivian artisans, inspired by Exil’s use of pointillism to investigate Voodoo spirits and celestial energies. A myriad of hand-crafted embellishments, from beaded mesh designs to recycled leather patches, highlighted the meticulous work of the house’s highly-skilled artisans. Potent silhouettes in metallic nappa leather were collaged with silk organza and cashmere-linen textured gauze for a multi-dimensional presentation of sumptuous dresses, suits, and caftans. Set to the beguiling composition El Amor Después Del Amor by Argentine roll and rock icon Fito Páez, models donning 18k rose gold cuffs, hoops, and hinged collars strutted down the catwalk with ceremony and electricity.
Carolina Herrera’s Creative Director Wes Gordon presented a glorious homage to the late American style and cultural icon Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy with a vivacious Spring/Summer 2024 collection, befittingly held at The Whitney. Centered in brilliant color, and radiating with minimalist elegance and grandeur, the house’s newest pieces championed the enduring symbol of the tenacious yet tender New York goddess. Silhouettes were pure and simple, allowing sensual pastel hues, nostalgic florals, and nimble, geometric patterns to shine. Butter yellow, sorbet pink, and vivid lavender gave way to silver and bronze, illuminating the skin and visage with eternal vitality. Lace pencil skirts and cotton polka dot suits offered refreshing takes on daytime favorites for both business women and ladies who lunch. Bias-cut dresses were designed to glide fluidly across the female form, while a heavenly tulle skirt, a mirror-like silver sequin midi, and a striped, effervescent gown embraced a splendid history of enchanted evenings in the city that never sleeps.