On the first perfect Sunday of fall, Prabal Gurung, Vivienne Tam, Jarel Zhang and others, re-contextualized femininity at New York Fashion Week. As the sun shone outside of the Skylight Clarkson Square galleries, a rainstorm of cameras captured a distinct vision for the spring summer 2018 season. That vision edged against today’s refrain from the top on the type caste of a woman.
In my 24 hours at NYFW it became clear to me that designers were hyperbolizing statement style for next spring and summer. Warmer colors and grander silhouettes were brought to life in billowing chiffon dresses at Prabal Gurung and Vivienne Tam. Each model was likened in a graceful way to vast and large forces, like the wind, sun or ocean.
The outerwear creations by Prabal and Zhang took on the structure of power poses: commanding, boundary pushing and room filling. Unnecessarily large coats and wide shoulders swallowed the models whole, who were dressed like women who dress from themselves.
Attended by the likes of Gloria Steinem, Huma Abedin and the casts of Netflix shows 13 Reasons Why and Orange is the New Black, the front rows reflected the diversity on the runways. After the Prabal SS18 collection, I had a chance to catch up with Huma Abedin, who shared her thoughts on hanging on to your vision and staying steadfast in your goals. As far as I could tell, the SS18 collections were in agreement, saying our boundaries are refined and gorgeous, but in the end, limitless.