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Courtesy of Edie Parker.
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FW18 New York: Christian Cowan, Camilla & Marc, Philipp Plein, and More

By Eliza Jordan

February 14, 2018

New York Fashion Week is winding down, and between presentations and shows, we’ve seen quite a bit. Nothing short of unique, each collection was special in its own magical way.

Edie Parker makes it infinitely easy to say, “Yes please” to accessories. The modern label by Brett Heyman showed a new collection full of balance—between colors and textures. Tweed and satin broaches and wristlets were seen contrasting with the industrial glint of tortoise rhodoid. Luxury materials, like python and calf hair, were striking in green and red, and heart-shaped closures, tortoise top handles, and an array of chain and link handles showed craftsmanship, style, and unique flare perfect for the seasons ahead.

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Courtesy of Edie Parker.

The range of Nicole Miller is wide, but it is precise. The designer hit this season with an array of prints—from florals to camouflage—and an offering of exceptional dresses, skirts, jackets, shirts, and trousers. We saw matching pants and tops, zip up coats and hoodies, short skirts, and long, asymmetrical dresses. Paired with short booties, sneakers, and tall boots, each look brought something funky and fresh.

Exploring the nature of pre- and post-excess, the new collection by Camilla & Marc shows a clash of eras through feminine materials, silhouettes, and nostalgic textures. Seventies styling—like flared bottoms, track suits, ring pull closures, and polo necklines—was complemented by vintage floral prints, deconstructed grunge, and re-imagined business wear and trenches. Overall, the collection was packed with fun surprises, including: long sleeves buttoned at the wrist with slits down the entire arm; cropped and flared tweed pants, paired with a short-sleeved tweed coat shirt; and sheer, lightweight dresses.

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Photo by Dan Lecca.
Courtesy of Nicole Miller.

Christian Cowan didn’t come to play, but he did come to party. In his new collection, we got pizza party vibes mixed with enough groovy detail to light up the night (literally, with LED lights seen accenting many of the looks). Models paraded the runway with eye-turning look after eye-turning look—wrist-to-elbow stacks of watches, top-to-bottom sequin dresses, transparent trenches, and checkered dresses and coats. The designer also celebrated his first shoe collection in partnership with Stuart Weitzman, which we saw completing each look in shimmering checkered prints, pops of red, and flashes of silver.

And to close out our weekend, we attended Philipp Plein’s Space Invasion—a takeover show in Brooklyn at Duggal Greenhouse. The show stunned from the beginning, with a UFO-like installation taking up the venue’s middle part, and emulated snow falling from the roof. With robots kicking off the show, and performances by artists like Migos, Rich the Kid, and Ayo & Tayo, the show welcomed sporty sci-fi fantasy wear. After, we celebrated the collection well into the night, dancing atop snow mobiles and in our own space stations.

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Courtesy of Camilla & Marc.
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