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New York Fashion Week update #6 – Sies Marjan, Collina Strada and Prabal Gurung

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: Sies Marjan, Collina Strada and Prabal Gurung.

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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.

P.S.: check out the entire schedule of all fashion weeks here.

Sies Marjan

With this collection, Sies Marjan‘s designer Sander Lak wanted to create sincere beauty, instead of idiosyncratic pieces. The collection existed of truly luxurious pieces, made from surprising materials such as croc relief on satin.

With this New York Fashion Week collection, Sander Lak showed he is capable of doing new things. Lak knows how to create beautiful pieces, without any fuss. Maybe he has foreseen the many political statements other designers would make, or he was just running out of time. However, the result is a very beautiful collection filled with potential best-seller pieces.

Collina Strada

Collina Strada designer Hillary Taymour must have thought “enough is enough” when she started with the concept of this collection. While her former creations were more balanced and peaceful, this show formed a (not so) silent scream against the current state of society. Her models consisted of mothers including their children, LGBTQ+ friends and other ‘nonmodels’. As the show took place on the street near Stuyvesant Square Park, it felt like you were just watching passers-by that were a little extra.

On top of this, all chair were accommodated with a reusable bag and a pamflet that subscribed how to “help”. Amongst other statements, it said: Eat less meat. Eat more plants. Start a garden. Grow your own food. Cook at home. Overall, this show was to make the fashion crowd aware that everyone should be nicer to the world.

Prabal Gurung

“WHO GETS TO BE AMERICAN?” was the political statement of the day after Prabal Gurung’s fashion show. Despite that New York Fashion Week is known for its statements, this day was full of it. Earlier that day, Jonathan Cohen assimilated the American flag in a dress (check out a full elaboration on his statement here).

Lets get back to the main question here, because: who actually gets to be American? Well, according to Gurung, everybody gets to be an American. No matter where you from, you can be an American. As a Nepalese immigrant, Gurung is far from modest when it comes to his political opinion. He perfectly inserts his concerns within his fashion show, without it distracting from his beautiful creations. His collection is what we’re used to from Gurung – but then even better. For this 10 year anniversary of the brand, he let go of all limits (literally and figuratively): from deconstructed all-white looks to asymmetric garments and big flowers. All very fierce and feminine at the same time.

On his Instagram, Prabal Gurung put a beautiful story, ending with the wonderful sentence: “If I’m a designer who benefits from dressing women, from how they spend their money, I need to stand up for them.” Amen.

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