If it’s early September, then it’s back to school and back to New York fashion week. Last September’s virtual shows were a paltry attempt compared to in-person runway shows. Although covid continues to reek havoc on fashion and other worlds, these shows are a step to normalcy. As a stylist, I find digital shows difficult when requesting samples for fashion shoot. The look arrives and inevitability it’s different than what I expect. No one can convince me that it replaces the up close and personal experience of seeing fashion off-screen. But digital has its place. Even though it’s comes in second to in-person, it’s become necessary given the laundry list of labels that are on the fashion calendar.
This fashion week, there was a pandemic routine added to the obligatory lines and waits outside the venue. A masked covid officer checks ID’s and vaccine cards before entering Spring Studio. That’s right, if you’re are an anti-vaxxer you won’t be able to attend the shows. Once this person attaches the gold wrist band for entry—like the ones you get at a nightclubs, you’re off to the next line, the next wait, the next hurdle in the fashion show game.
Bronx and Banco’s show was held once again on Spring Street studios rooftop where the sun blazed and the sky was a crisp 9-11 blue. The body-con Banco beauties and friends of the house sat front row adorned in the sexy looks. Aussie designer, Natalie De’Banco deftly creates clothing by wrapping, tying, pulling fabrics, cords, and fringes. She accentuates body parts, hiding very little and had me wondering how a woman would actually get into one of her designs without the help of a show-dresser. This universe has a distinct vacation vibe as her raffia bags screamed, Don’t Call Me I’m In Tulum or Hamptons, or other vacation destination. Ms. De’Banco pushed the creativity with a look strung from iridescent shells, giving the effect of a mermaid or sexy sea creature. The models wore felt fedoras festooned with feathers and leather lacing—a nod to the designer’s Australian roots. High heeled sandals criss-crossed way past the thigh to a great effect. Ms. De’Banco has a distinct point of view and her BNB fans seem passionate about the body revealing designs.
Designer, Marrisa Wilson NY, presented a fresh take on the 1960’s mod fashion with a vibrant palette of color-block looks for spring. She sited the 1960’s designer, Paco Rabanne as an influence and jumping off point which is evident in the key-hole shift dresses and cut-outs. One of her techniques is to sew various fabrics in a swirl pattern with more trendy silhouettes like the black and white bike shorts playsuit. With past experience at Calvin Klein, Rag and Bone and Donna Karan, it’s clear that her knowledge of fabrics, design and fashion industry history, played into the success of this well conceived and executed collection. Ms Wilson is the embodiment of her optimistic clothing— sparking smile, easy manner, she is a natural beauty that sets a standard for women of every age and ethnicity.