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New York Fashion Week update #5 – Jonathan Cohen, Mansur Gavriel, Staud and Tibi

New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2020 has officially kicked-off. We were delighted to keep you posted on the best shows, promising designers and emerging trends. This update: Jonathan Cohen, Mansur Gavriel, Staud and Tibi.

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New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is full of great designers and shows. Since its hard to stay up-to-date with that many shows, we love to keep you posted.

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Jonathan Cohen

Usually, Jonathan Cohen is a designer of pretty garments and beautiful pictures. However, it came with no doubt that he made a political statement with this show. His first look was far from subtle: a model entered the runway in a dress that depicted the American flag, executed in vibrant colors that stand for inclusivity.

The designer proudly told that this dress – amongst others – was handcrafted by women in Mexico City. The model wearing this particular dress, was Mexican as well. Besides that Cohen’s family originally comes from Mexico City, this dress was a statement against “The Fence”. He said that when growing up in San Diego, he doesn’t remember any border. He does remember a cultural melting pot – a memory he cherishes.

On top of these statement, Cohen has an eye for detail, which translates itself into great fabrics and perfect tailoring. Will this show mark the start of a new chapter in his life as a designer? Until now, he was mostly known for his ultra feminine dresses. Hopefully more political statements will follow soon.

Mansur Gavriel

Mansur Gavriel was one of the few who did a see-now-buy-now show. It was refreshing to look at creations that are actually wearable within a few weeks. On top of this, the collection was very kind for the eye and showed that ton-sur-ton has truly made its comeback.

Furthermore, designers Floriana Gavriel and Rachel Mansur presented their fall/winter 2019 collection via an in-store event, with their store pack with fruit. Why? They ran after everything they did during Fashion Week so sar (from over the top shows to very intimate events) and suddenly remembered their first campaign shoot. Because of their limited budget, they didn’t have much money for props. Therefore, they used fruit.

The collection consisted not only of great garments, but also – as you might expect from this accessory brand – of great best-selling accessories. Wondering whether this event was a good move for Mansur Gavriel? We can corfirm it was – their new cloud bag sold out within one hour.


Staud’s collection looked edible – the colors and textured just had an appealing effect on the mind. Pastels were alternated with bright colors, used for a wide selection of garments. Designer Sarah Staudinger gives great importance to the way people are able to move in her clothes – something that’s quite often overlooked by others.

Know what you need (or want) and don’t stray. It has never worked for me but I imagine if practiced, it would be a really helpful tip.” – words from Sarah Staudinger. It may sound simple, but to us it feels truly refreshing.

One thing is for sure: this show felt like spring.


Amy Smilovic – founder and designer of Tibi – created a collection full of oversized silhouettes and innovative forms and shapes. When you think you’ve seen it all, Smilovic combines semi-poplin tops with workwear pants. As if this isn’t enough, she exaggerates the shoulder part as well. Structured pants with a lot of volume topped it off.

Furthermore, we saw a lot of chromatic, with a bit of tye and dye on the side. The main goal of Smilovic was to create a collection that’s a bit over the top, but not so much that you wouldn’t wear it. Mission accomplished.

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